FLOWER MOUND, Texas, Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- There often comes a time when IT's forward march brings a medical practice to a crossroads, a fork in the road where both directions lead to the same destination though not equally efficiently or cost effectively. Such was the case for Flower Mound Dermatology, an 11-employee suburban Dallas practice whose administrators seven years ago recognized the importance of adding Electronic Medical Records (EMR) capabilities to its existing UNIX-based Practice Management (PM) system.
"We had used Medical Manager PCN for many years, a system that while proficient and good at what it did, was not particularly user-friendly nor inexpensive to maintain," recalled Sandra Hartt, Flower Mound's office manager. "[By 2004], they had introduced an EMR component to the system, but one that if we opted to stay with them would have required an additional $200,000 investment in third-party hardware and software, one which we were not prepared to make."
The practice—a provider of general dermatology, dermatological surgery and cosmetic procedures including Botox, chemical peels and wrinkle reduction—instead replaced the UNIX system with MedInformatix Inc.'s open architecture SQL-based Practice Management (PM) and Electronic Medical Records (EMR)  solution. "We considered a number of systems, including NextGen [Healthcare]. MedInformatix wasn't only the most user-friendly, the company was also willing to customize the software specifically for a dermatology practice," Hartt said. "This was key because of the wide variety procedures and office functions we perform."
In addition to physician Dr. Isaac Perez, Flower Mound's staff includes Hartt, four medical assistants, three front-desk employees and two estheticians, each of which use MedInformatix' PM and EMR solution for billing, claims and accounts receivable. The claims