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Electronic Medical Records - An Idea Whose Time...creates More
We’ve all heard the notion that if the medical community switched to electronic medical records for patients, efficiency would grow and the backlog of paperwork would forever be eliminated.
In one practice in particular, Doctor’s Approach Dermatology in Lansing Michigan, electronic medical records are both a blessing and a bit of a bane.
Dr. Marcy Street, a board certified dermatologist and the nation’s first African American female MOHS surgeon in the country, believes that while electronic medical records provide a significant increase in efficiency and accuracy, there is something of a learning curve to the switch from paper based records.
“We have found electronic medical records to be extremely helpful, but it does put the doctor and staff behind and less efficient in the short term. There is a significant learning curve. For Doctor’s Approach Dermatology it was about 90 days to be up and running and in a place where we all felt comfortable. We discover new things about our system to help us document more efficiently every day”, says Dr. Street.
While the process to switch from paper based medical records to the electronic form might take a while, the overall opinion is that the learning curve is worth it in terms of cost and getting up and running in a more efficient manner it would seem.
Dr. Marcy Street is a board certified dermatologist based in Lansing, MI. She is the nation’s first African American female MOHS surgeon. Her dermatology practice, Doctor’s Approach, is a full-service medical and surgical dermatology clinic with a cosmetic medical spa. Her dermatology practice has been well established and respected for over 15 years, with patients visiting from all over the Midwest region. Their mission is to provide the best in cutting edge, comprehensive care and services in a relaxing and nurturing environment. Dr. Street is a recognized skin care and skin cancer expert with many articles published in popular magazines, professional journals and newspapers. She has also has been interviewed on radio and television, and has spoken to physicians’ groups in both the United States and abroad as a skin cancer expert. She is also the founder of a skin care line also under the name Doctor’s Approach.
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Doctor’s Approach is a full-service medical and surgical dermatology clinic with a cosmetic medical spa. Our dermatology practice has been well established and respected for over 15 years, with patients visiting from all over the Midwest region.