The struggles faced during the Great Recession have taught us a great many things about how to survive—and even thrive—during an economic downturn. With the Recession squarely behind us, it’s easy to forget those lessons learned from the school of hard knocks. From learning how to plan for the future while maintaining the reality of today, to selecting a reliable partner and remaining realistic, the Great Recession can help every chiropractor make the right decision for their practice and their future. Many of these lessons can be constructively applied during the critical decision step of selecting an EHR software system for practice management.
1. Build a Safety Net
In lean times, it’s important to create a stable and supportive safety net. Look for an EHR[KF1] practice management software that has a proven track record within the industry and will help support you throughout the years to come. Surround yourself with stability, and you can have peace of mind for whatever comes next.
2. Innovation Is Important
Just because you’ve always done something one way, doesn’t mean that you should always continue on in the same manner. Look at your EHR software’s workflow and keep an open mind. Some of the changes to your current processes may be beneficial in helping you streamline and grow your practice in the future.
3. Plan Ahead
Take the time to find an EHR software that encompasses all you are doing today and all you will tackle in the days to come. You can’t predict the future, but you can make sound projections. Use those projections and envision your perfect practice. Make sure the EHR solution you choose today is going to support the dream of tomorrow.
4. Make the Right Decision the First Time
When you’re on a budget, there’s no room for error. Frugality is important, but informed decisiveness is even more essential. Empower your practice with all the right features and functionality from an EHR software provider that gets[KF2] all of those features and functionality right.
5. Trim the Fat
Creating wealth in a time of scarcity is a challenge, and being realistic about your financial goals can help you target the rational decision. Where does each EHR software solution help support your financial and practice goals, and where might your expectations be off? Make a list of what you can’t live without, and what is an expendable desire before you shop around for your EHR. This can help you remain practical during your explorations and resultant purchase.