Computer hardware could be essential to electronic medical records transition

While doctors and the managers of small medical facilities are likely already preparing for a transition to electronic medical records software, these individuals may need to ensure that their existing computers are able to handle the new technology. By using outdated desktops for essential work functions, patient appointment scheduling and medical billing software may run more slowly and with more errors.

As a result, doctors may want to begin budgeting for expenses that are likely to come along with the transition. This includes finding creative ways to finance items such as an EMR server that can hold enough data for the system. This can allow it to run smoothly regardless of whether the organization begins to grow, or continues to provide services for the same dedicated clients.

While a server is important, EMR computer hardware is also necessary, as these computers will be the ones doctors and administrative personnel use while recording patient data. Doctors can choose to upgrade their PCs, but this may take time and effort and places more tasks on the transition schedule, which may already seem daunting.

Still, new computers can prove to be a valuable asset over time. This upfront expense can save help these facilities qualify for reimbursement under the meaningful use clause with the federal government. In 2010, roughly half of the $750 million in federal grants given to facilities that transitioned to a paperless medical office were given to independent physicians and small primary care groups, according to American Medical News.

This money could be used to help pay off the costs of top-notch business desktops such as HP Ultraslim, HP Elite and the HP Probook. Coming complete with large monitors, powerful processors and sufficient hard drives, doctors may want to look into making this investment with a company that can also provide installation and support when it's needed for products like those from Allscripts and Lytec