Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Data Portability Is A Big Deal

Vendor lock-in. Dirty, despicable words. Vendor lock-down. Even worse words.

Let's say that you are writing your Master's thesis and right before you have to hand it in, your support agreement with Microsoft expires and you no longer have access to your work.

That would be bad. Very bad. So bad in fact that it doesn't happen. When you license Microsoft Office, the Microsoft Corporation can't lock you out of your stuff. After all, your work is your work.

Years after you've left university, you are practicing medicine and using the latest tools. Fantastic tools like the modern EMR.

Things in life change and perhaps you decide that you want to move to a new practice or adopt some new technology. Perhaps you are not moving, but your vendor has expired or is no longer responsive to your needs and you need move your medical records to a new system.

A lot of physicians are in this exact position today. Unfortunately, many of these physicians are having a crash course in the nuances of being, for the lack of a better word, screwed.

Before spending once minute inputing a single piece of valuable information into your EMR, ask yourself this:
Is my relationship with this vendor going to last FOREVER?

Then, look in the system for the data export feature.

This is the data export window in OSCAR.

Click a couple buttons and take your information with you.

It is that easy.

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