Dr. Tom Barry
Implementing Velante allowed Dr. Tom Barry to do something he didn’t think was possible – see more patients.
“My patient numbers actually increased. That was something I didn’t expect,” he said.
With a thriving practice and his post as Chief of Staff of the Horizon Health Network, many may ask - how? With many hats to wear, it might surprise some of his colleagues that he used to spend a good chunk of his days doing exactly what they do: writing prescriptions, over and over.
“The Provincial EMR makes very simple things even easier and faster,” he says. “I have been in practice a long time, and I have a lot of elderly patients. I spent 20% of my day writing and re-writing prescriptions. Sometimes I wrote the same thing three times: I wrote a prescription or a renewal for a patient; I then had to chart it on paper; and then for many patients, I also charted the same exact thing in their flowsheet. This used to take me three to five minutes. Now, it’s 30 seconds. And I’m always confident that they’re receiving a legible, accurate record.”
Though he wasn’t sure if he would be able to absorb the initial cost as he neared the end of his practice, he is already seeing value.
“There’s no question it’s worth it. I’m already getting a return on my investment by seeing more patients, which is encouraging, because I didn’t think I’d be working long enough to make up the cost. If I were ten years younger, it would pay for itself in spades; there’s no question I would get my money back many times over.”
However, he notes the most important improvement for his has been the increased patient safety. He’s noted a sense of comfort with his patients as he’s integrated technology into his practice – a sentiment he shares.
“My patients notice I’m using it, I get probably five or six comments per day. I’ve been their doctor for many years. They can see the way it’s changed my practice.”
Dr. Barry has a clear perspective on why he made the leap to EMR at this stage in his career. “I’ve got an EMR because it’s the future. Either I’m going to quit practice now or I’m going to stay current. It’s fair to my patients because having one is a best practice, and someday I would like to get another doctor to come into my practice. And now, I’m offering a state-of-the-art program.”