EMR for Single-Specialty ASCs? Why Single-Specialty Systems Are Beneficial

American SurgiSite teamed up with software developer IMW to develop a solution for electronic medical record systems for their own centers.

Single-specialty ambulatory surgery centers often have difficulty selecting and implementing electronic medical record systems because most brands are built to accommodate large hospitals. However, American SurgiSite teamed up with software developer IMW to develop a solution for their own centers.

Louis Sheffler"When it comes to working with patients at a single-specialty ASC, time is of the essence and you don't want to invest in a software system that requires more time on the computer than taking care of the patient," says Louis I. Sheffler, Chief Operating Officer of American SurgiSite Centers. "I had a hospitalization recently where the software covered everything that can be done in the hospital and the nurse spent about 30 minutes on data entry and three minutes with me. That's the worst scenario in healthcare. With the single-specialty application, you can have a system that is specifically designed for your specialty that is intuitive, easy to use and improves patient care."

American SurgiSite Centers' eye centers made the switch when an insurer said that they would lose their insurance contract if they did not implement an EMR system. After researching several systems that were designed for hospitals and multidiscipline ASCs, they decided on developing a single-specialty system for their own surgery centers.

 

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