This is an interseting forum i found on EMR UPDATE. This was the first Post on it.
What's Easier - Choosing A Spouse Or An EMR?
I would have to say I was more certain about my spouse. I knew right away that she had all of the features I would ever need. No demo's needed. I didn't have to call other users to confirm things or compare demo notes,(I am so dead if she reads this).
The only downside is the implementation has taken well over ten years so far and there have been multiple upgrades that I have to keep figuring out how to use. Also, the damn user manual keeps on changing. Other than that, we are a fully integrated system and have produced three great superbills.
Lowell Kleinman, MD
OK; here we go. My wife doesn’t read this forum so I can post with impunity.
Return on investment:
The spouse is generally a good ROI, continuing to yield benefits long after the initial investment. Depending upon the spouse, however, the maintenance fees can be staggering. An EMR has a poor ROI.
The spouse is much more costly to terminate than an EMR. However, it’s fun playing the field once the dissolution of the relationship is complete from both the spouse and an EMR. (I must confess; I have had affairs/demos with competing EMRs while still using Medinotes).
Many EMRs allow access via a PDA. This is also a feature of spouses (unfortunately) via the same PDA/cell phone combo. Unfortunately, the spouse doesn’t lock up periodically disallowing contact. .
Ease of use
It’s much easier and enjoyable to push the buttons on a spouse than an EMR. Pushing the wrong button, however, means trouble for days. It simply can’t be resolved by a reboot.
Many EMRs are easily customizable. This is not the case with spouses.
Similarly, the spouse and EMR demos often look great. Once you’ve made the purchase, however, and have hands-on experience over time, the imperfections really start to show. You can sometimes get a fully functional demo of an EMR, but this is much more difficult with a spouse.
EMRs often require larger hard drives with each new release which in this day of cheap hard drives, is easily accomplished. Despite what the Enzyte commercial says, it’s much more difficult to get a larger hard drive to accommodate a spouse.
In addition to increasing hardware requirements with each release, the size of the software also increases. Ditto the spouse (though the software never asks you how it looks in a particular outfit).
You can often acquire a spouse without a vendor. This is more difficult with an EMR. After you demo an EMR which looks horrible, be weary of the vendor who tells you, “but it has a great personality.” You can acquire both, however, now on the internet.
EMRs can cause headaches and crashing of the hard drive. Spouses have headaches and often don’t even allow the hard drive to spin up.
Hope no-one is offended; it’s all in good fun.
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