We here at TLC are fast approaching our 1 year anniversary of utilizing EMR. While things started off fairly slowly for many of us, we seem to have reached a point where each and every member of the staff is embracing it. How has it helped? Well, when it comes to patient care, we feel there have been a number of benefits. First and foremost, EMR seems to have improved our office workflow. Whether it be a mother calling for results, a father picking up a physical form, a nurse putting a patient in a room, or a doctor calling a specialist to discuss a case, access to the chart is immediate and everything is literally at our fingertips. This includes information on growth, vaccine history, lab and x-ray results, past illnesses, and specialist reports. In the past, this was often a multi-step process that took quite a bit of time. Now it can be accomplished within seconds. EMR has also reduced the possibility for errors. Charts can no longer be misplaced, and medication doses and interactions are checked instantly by the computer. Fianlly, and perhaps most importantly, because of all these factors, we feel as though EMR has allowed us to spend more quality time with our patients, which is always our main objective. And, despite the fact that it has already been one year, we feel that we are still in our "infancy" with EMR, so to speak. As time goes on, we hope that you will continue to see more and more benefits as we become increasingly proficient with the system. This should help to ensure that TLC continues to provide your children with the quality care that we have become known for.