Posted on February 11, 2013 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.

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).