The following are situations in which ezChartWriter may apply:
Scenario 1: Solo Optometrist (Laptop in Exam Room)
The simplest configuration for ezChartWriter is a one doctor, one computer setup. This eliminates a lot of the headaches associated with networking and keeps hardware/software costs to a bare minimum. It does require a bit more time per patient, as the doctor will be responsible for entering the basic patient demographics (at a minimum the patient name, DOB, and gender) and the Rx data.
The ideal situation is with ezChartWriter running on a laptop computer connected to a small laser printer. As each patient exam begins, the provider creates a new patient chart (or opens an existing one) and uses the Rx wizard to create all required Rx's. A duplicate copy can be printed; one for the patient and one for the patient's paper chart.
Estimated Startup Cost:
Hardware: Laptop computer with Windows XP/Vista $1000
Laser Printer $200
Software: ezChartWriter $129 (single license)
Supplies: Annual supplies = 2¢ per Rx (toner/paper) x 2500 per year = $50
TOTAL: $1379 startup costs (even less if you own a laptop/printer)
Scenario 2: Primary Care Doctor in Small Clinic (3-4 Computers Networked)
A small, networked configuration for ezChartWriter can also be very affordable. Most small clinics already have the existing infrastructure to run the software as is. Typically, you need 3 to 8 computers, a peer-to-peer network running under Windows XP, and at least 256 MB of RAM memory on most of the computers.
As each patient is checked in by the front desk receptionist, a chart is created in ezChartWriter (with as much or as little data as you wish). The chart remains visible in the Pulled Charts list. After the doctor completes the exam, any relevant prescriptions can be generated on the spot (either printed in the exam room or at the frontdesk). At the end of the day, the doctor can sign-off on any open reports or Rx's and close out the charts.
Scenario 3: Retiring Doctor with New Associate(s) (Looking to Install Network)
In today's technological workplace, a practice that is computerized may have a higher perceived value than one based solely on paper records. Many younger practitioners expect for your records to be computerized. The ideal situation may be a full-fledged EMR (electronic medical records) system, but as you near retirement the cost and time investment may be much too overwhelming. Alternatively, a system like ezChartWriter can give you the best of both worlds: partially computerized records (especially the repetitive, data intense prescription management side of things), while minimizing cost and capital expenditures.