Applauding Any Free Trial EHR Offering

Posted on October 5, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

A few days ago I saw that iChartsMD announced a 30 day free trial offer of their EHR and PMS software. I like to applaud any EHR vendor that offers a free trial of their EHR software. I’m a little concerned that the 30 days might not be enough, but from my experience most EHR vendors are a bit flexible with the 30 day number. I personally like the 60 day number since doctors are busy with the day job. However, it’s not a terrible thing to encourage a provider to use the software, evaluate it and make a decision in a timely manner. More waiting doesn’t necessarily mean more testing. It can just mean more procrastination.

Either way, I’m a huge proponent of doing a trial run of the EHR software that you select. I actually think this is part of the reason why the Free EHR software companies have been so successful. Since it’s Free, their “free EHR trial period” is forever. Basically, there’s no risk for a doctor to try out the full suite of EHR products from the various free EHR vendors. Doctors and practice managers love that ability to fully test the product before finalizing the purchasing decision.

In case you’ve never seen some of my previous posts, remember how choosing an EMR is like marriage (part 2), and EMR divorce is ugly. The free EHR trial is a good way to test the EHR first.