SmartDraw Helps Increase Adoption of Electronic Medical Records by Physician Practices

San Diego, CA. June 1, 2009 - SmartDraw.com, maker of SmartDraw, the software that helps you work smarter by communicating concepts and processes visually, announced today that a growing number of medical/IT consultancies are using SmartDraw to help medical practices and hospitals find the right Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system for them.

With billions of dollars at stake in the US government stimulus package for healthcare technology, medical IT consulting firms like RSES Consulting are using SmartDraw to help physician practices visualize and map out improved processes so that a newly implemented EMR system will yield a faster return on investment.

According to Ron Spiegel, owner of RSES, "Buying the right EMR system is a daunting task to overstretched physicians, as well as a major investment. Medical practices need help to find the right technology to mesh with their processes and increase their productivity."

Using SmartDraw to map out the workflow of a practice, RSES not only finds the right system for them, but it often discovers ways in which the practice can save money, time, and enhance the quality of care along the way.

"Using SmartDraw, I create a mindmap and then a flowchart of the current situation at a practice. This allows everyone in the practice to 'see' where the bottlenecks and where there are redundancies," stated Spiegel. Spiegel's team then uses SmartDraw to outline new, improved processes and recommends an EMR package to help the practice maintain regulatory compliance, save money, and save time.

"The reception we've had from physician practices has been very positive. We expect that more practices and hospitals will be looking to us to help streamline their processes using SmartDraw and help them choose the best EMR system. The flowcharts help everyone understand their role in improving processes that ultimately benefit patient care, and they demonstrate the need to take the leap from paper records to EMRs. This makes the transition easier and less stressful."

More than 1,400 hospitals, healthcare systems and physician practices in the U.S. depend on SmartDraw's flowcharts and organizational charting functionality to:

  • Simplify, clarify and standardize processes that enables them to be more efficient, manage their time better, reduce errors, and increase revenue
  • Efficiently and effectively document an organizational structure
  • Prepare and educate staff for surprise compliance inspections
  • Improve compliance with regulatory bodies and accreditation programs

SmartDraw works seamlessly with Microsoft Office, allowing one-click export to MS PowerPoint®, Word®, Excel®, Adobe PDF®, and other applications, making it easy to share graphics with others in plans, reports, and presentations. SmartDraw software (www.smartdraw.com) includes templates for flowcharting and many other business processes.

Please visit http://tinyurl.com/lh652y to read the entire SmartDraw/RSES Consulting case study. RSES can be found at www.rses.com.

About SmartDraw.com
SmartDraw.com is the creator of SmartDraw, software that helps you work smarter by communicating visually. Because people are six times more likely to retain and understand information presented to them visually, SmartDraw helps businesses increase their bottom line by improving communication, refining operations, completing projects on time, and successfully implementing their plans. Whether it's a flowchart to explain a business process, a Gantt chart to show a project schedule or an organizational chart, SmartDraw is unique because it draws more than 40 different types of visuals for you, including timelines, maps, charts, decision trees and floor plans, resulting in presentation-quality visuals in just minutes. The company's customers include more than half of the members of the Fortune 500, 1,400 health systems, 2,000 K-12 schools and universities, and thousands of law firms, police departments and private enterprises of all sizes. In fact, SmartDraw is downloaded more than 3 million times each year. Founded in 1994, SmartDraw.com is a privately-held, San Diego, CA-based company and is part of the Working Smarter Network. For more information or to download a free trial version, please visit www.smartdraw.com.


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