My home care agency went to an EMR 9/1/2002 --day I became Central Intake Manager. 4 RN's quit and went to an agency that was on paper; 3yrs later that agency bought out and went to EMR. 18months ago I implimented fax server and electronic processsing of referrals using Paperport software. Knew it would decrease costs paper and ink supplies but 75% noise reduction along with decreased stress over never running out of toner unexpected.
Can't wait till we get access to physician practices electronic portal in 2013 then no further printing of demographic sheets within 2 yrs auto import into my database is planned.
Some of the toughest RN's to learn the EMR software are now first in line with laptops are proghtin for database upgrade. New laptops with aircard being rolled out will have auto upgrade capability.
10yrs later, I NEVER want to go back to the mounds of paper cluttering my office.