In my post on points of differentiation for EHR companies, Charles Webster MD MSIE MSIS recently created an acronym to talk about how EHR’s should save you time, effort and money. The acronym is S.Y.S.T.E.M.

An EHR should…

Save You Substantial Time, Effort, and Money.


Minimize encounter length, wait times, staff idle time, mental and physical effort, and Total Cost of Ownership.


You serve your patients; your EHR should serve you. (OK, its portal serves your patients, too)


Lots of:


Save time: see another patient; spend more time with each patient; go home on time.


Minimize mental and physical effort to learn and use.


Time is money. Save time, save money. Shift tasks from expensive personnel to less expensive personnel (but monitor task progress so nothing falls between the cracks).

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

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