An EMR Documentation Wiki

I’ve previously talked about having a HIPAA wiki for your offices HIPAA documentation. I still think that’s genius. However, I’ve extended that idea a lot more into having an offices internal documentation, policies and procedures and any other documentation on a wiki. It just makes sense. It’s the best way to keep things updated and accessible. No, those pile of word documents that people can search isn’t even close to as powerful as a wiki. Even if you have version control and use sharepoint.

Today I started thinking about how every EMR vendor should have an EMR documentation wiki for their software. I know my EMR vendor gave us a manual that was outdated before it could be printed. A paper based manual for EMR should not be useful for you. If it is, then you chose the wrong EMR. You should want an EMR that is innovating, changing and adapting with new technology that they can’t keep their manuals updated.

However, an EMR vendor with some help from their EMR users could create a pretty great wiki that had all sorts of great information that was relevant. I think I’m going to suggest this to my EMR company.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

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  • I’m glad you like the idea. I like the idea of linking to the wiki article from the EMR. Of course this would work better with web based EMR software. I just wonder if it would take up real estate on the EMR screens that would only be checked when the user is first learnign the system.

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