Across the country, private healthcare practices are realizing the benefits of joining forces through non-profit networks like Physician’s Practice Organization, Inc. (PPO). Focused on clinics throughout Southeastern Indiana, the Columbus-based 501(c) (3) corporation helps its affiliates by managing their daily business operations. Its support includes negotiation of managed care contracts, accounting, information services, and group purchasing discounts, among other items.
PPO is continually seeking new ways to improve efficiency and quality of care for its practices. One of the most prominent discoveries in recent years is the power of Enterprise Practice Management (EPM) and Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software. According to Tim Collins, PPO Senior Systems Administrator, PPO knew that a comprehensive EPM and EMR offering would be of great value.
“Medical offices are very information-driven environments, and paper charts are a major source of frustration,” he stated. “Studies have repeatedly proven that paper records are costly, cumbersome and easily misplaced. They take up expensive storage space, plus the filing, retrieval and re-filing of paper records is labor intensive.” [Read more…]