S.Y.S.T.E.M.: An EHR should… Save You Substantial Time, Effort, and Money

I’m reposting a blog post from EMR Thoughts that reposted my comment on EMR and EHR. (Now, if someone reposts this blog post, how confusing!).

In my post on points of differentiation for EHR companies, Charles Webster MD MSIE MSIS recently created an acronym to talk about how EHR’s should save you time, effort and money. The acronym is S.Y.S.T.E.M.

An EHR should…

Save You Substantial Time, Effort, and Money.


Minimize encounter length, wait times, staff idle time, mental and physical effort, and Total Cost of Ownership.


You serve your patients; your EHR should serve you. (OK, its portal serves your patients, too)


Lots of:


Save time: see another patient; spend more time with each patient; go home on time.


Minimize mental and physical effort to learn and use.


Time is money. Save time, save money. Shift tasks from expensive personnel to less expensive personnel (but monitor task progress so nothing falls between the cracks).

P.S. Apparently I’m getting pretty good with acronyms!

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