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Drchrono Review

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Adam C. Uzialko
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business.com writer
| Updated
Nov 14, 2018
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The drchrono electronic medical record (EMR) system combines simplicity, user experience and affordability to create an easily deployable solution that can be incorporated by small practices regardless of their budget. drchrono is one of the few EMR vendors that allows prospective buyers a free trial period, which allows you to test the software in-person rather than just watching a guided online demo from the sales department.

drchrono

drchrono

The Best Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Software of 2019

The Verdict

drchrono is a relatively easy-to-use solution that offers a free trial and a user-friendly experience for an inexpensive price. It's a solid choice for small practices on a budget that don't want to sink substantial amounts of time into training.

View all our recommendations for electronic medical records systems on our best picks page.

drchrono's price point is also very attractive. At a considerably lower cost than many other EMRs (even those solutions targeting small practices), drchrono takes some of the financial pain out of implementing an EMR. User reviews are a bit mixed, with some customers expressing disappointment with the level of detail once they purchased drchrono. However, if you're looking for an EMR that will take care of core competencies without breaking the bank, drchrono is your solution.

Ease of Use

The drchrono EMR is as straightforward as EMR software can be. While there is a learning curve with any EMR platform, drchrono allows users to test out the software with a free trial period.  Users can become acquainted with the system firsthand before making a buying decision, something that is uncommon in the industry.

When you first launch the application, you will see the Scheduling tool, which is simple and straightforward. On the left-hand side of the screen is a monthly calendar, where users can select the day and year they want to view. Below the calendar is a list of "offices," a useful feature for practices with multiple locations. To the right is the schedule itself, which can be sorted by daily schedule, exam rooms, doctor, weekly schedule, or monthly schedule. For options like "exam rooms" or "doctors," the names of each room or provider appear on the top of the screen, and any patients assigned to them appear directly below it. These views are helpful when a provider wants to know who they are seeing and where they are waiting for examination. The scheduler comes with helpful dashboards, which provide overviews of existing appointments and the entire practice. There are also appointment reminders for patients and billing follow-ups.

The next major tab is the Clinical tab, which allows providers to begin filling out patient forms. There are a number of options on this screen, which include templates and the method by which forms are filled out. Specific fields can be turned on or off by the provider based on whether they're relevant to the patient and the nature of the visit, and the entire form can be archived or copied to the clipboard for export.

The next tab is the Patients list, where providers or staff can manually add patients one by one or import an existing list. From the Patients screen, practices can export their list in .CSV or C-CDA XML files. The Patient tab also includes options for consent forms, patient flags, groups and referrals.

Implementation

Implementing drchrono does not come with additional fees (beyond subscription costs), and the process typically takes no more than a few weeks. That's a quick turnaround time by industry standards. Practices can likely get set up charting on the same day your subscription is activated, but functions like billing and e-prescribe could take longer before they're fully functional. It is recommended that you begin implementation a few weeks before your intended go-live date.

During implementation, drchrono will provide staff with a dedicated account manager as well as one-on-one training sessions. It is a guided a process that is largely dictated by the needs and schedule of the practice, so spell out your expectations for implementation with drchrono's support team. drchrono comes with electronic prescriptions, speech to text, electronic billing, scheduling, and claims status reports.

Pricing

drchrono is one of the most inexpensive solutions of the software applications we evaluated. Given the ease of launching the software and the low cost, it is a great solution for small practices on a budget striving to implement a meaningful-use-certified EMR that can handle charting and patient encounters immediately. This software might not have all the features that other EMR systems have, and some desirable features might not be included, but for the price, drchrono provides a great value and an accessible system.

Drchrono's pricing is based on a per provider, per month subscription model. There are four major pricing packages the company offers, which are listed below:

  • EMR and practice management system: $199 per provider, per month includes basic scheduling and clinical modules. Users can schedule appointments and send reminders as well as access charting functionality.

  • Advanced EMR and practice management system: $279 per provider, per month includes advanced scheduling and clinical modules. Other features include insurance eligibility checks, lab integrations, e-prescribing functionality, patient groups and flags.

  • EMR, practice management, and medical billing software: $499 per provider, per month includes the integrated EMR and practice management system as well as billing tools so the front office can complete billing through the software as well.

  • EMR, practice management, and revenue cycle management services: This subscription requires a quote from sales. Revenue cycle management takes the billing process out of your practices hands, usually in exchange for a percentage of your insurance collections. The cost can vary depending on the size of your practice and its patient volume.

Editor's note: Looking for an electronic medical records (EMR) system? Click the Compare Quotes button below to have our sister site Buyer Zone connect you with vendors that can help.

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drchrono

drchrono

The Best Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Software of 2019

The Verdict

drchrono is a relatively easy-to-use solution that offers a free trial and a user-friendly experience for an inexpensive price. It's a solid choice for small practices on a budget that don't want to sink substantial amounts of time into training.

Adam C. Uzialko
Adam C. Uzialko
Adam C. Uzialko, a New Jersey native, graduated from Rutgers University in 2014 with a degree in political science and journalism and media studies. He reviews healthcare information technology, call centers, document management software and employee monitoring software. In addition to his full-time position at Business News Daily and Business.com, Adam freelances for several outlets. An indispensable ally of the feline race, Adam is owned by four lovely cats.