Starting a new medical practice and a fully functional EMR clinic is a very challenging process in India. There is no set pattern you can follow but what you can do is plan ahead. To make the daunting process of planning and executing easier for you, we have prepared a guideline you can follow. It comprises all the important things you must keep in mind, like infrastructure requirements, electronic medical records software (EMR), staff hiring, space requirements, etc.
Funding and Cost RequirementsYour cost requirements will depend on the services your clinic will offer. The overall cost will be determined keeping in mind the below-mentioned factors:
- Space – rented, leased, or purchased
- Medical equipment
- Medical Softwares
- Staff and employees
- Miscellaneous medical facilities
- Setting up cost
Registration and LicensingThe second and most important step for opening an EMR clinic in India is to get your medical practice registered by acquiring an accurate license. Skipping this step will not only deem your clinic to be illegal but also make you lose your credibility as a practicing medical professional in the country. To get yourself registered, you will be required to earn a trade license under the Shop Establishment Act. You will be able to get this license at your nearest municipality or panchayat office. Apart from the trade license under the Shop Establishment Act, you will also need to get your clinic registered under the companies act and societies registration act.
Purchasing Medical EquipmentNow that you have figured out the financial aspect of setting up a new clinic and getting registered, you can begin purchasing all the necessary medical equipment. This might sound like an easy task, but it is not. You must do proper research regarding which equipment will work the best for you and why.
Some other purchases you will be required to make are:
- Furniture like chairs, tables, sofas, beds, etc.
- Clothing like patient gowns, lab coats, and staff uniform
- Medical supplies like scalpels, syringes, gauze, medicines, etc.
- Hardware and services like phones, computers, Wi-Fi connection, card machines, etc.
Electronic Medical Record Software (EMR)EMR in India is on the rise now because of the digital modernization of the country. In other countries also, EMR for doctors has proven to be beneficial as it allows them to have a record and medical histories of all their patients in one place.
This eases the communication internally within the clinic and externally.Some other beneficial features of an EMR are:
- 24/7 access anytime, anywhere
- Appointment scheduling
- Education material for patients
- Prescription fill request
- Lab integrations
- Customizable templates