The electronic medical record, or EMR, is an exciting reality in today’s urology practice. These medical charting systems, also known as electronic health records, or EHRs, require careful planning and implementation, but the payoffs in time saved and better information are more than worth the effort. You will improve the quality, safety and effectiveness of medical care with an Urology EMR and can also generate income to help pay for the system. Federal incentive payments are available for early implementation of an EMR that meets the guidelines for meaningful use. According to an article in “Renal and Urology News,” the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute at the Cleveland Clinic earned an average of $16,498 per provider in 2011. If your practice isn’t already in the throes of EMR implementation, it’s time to get busy. The rewards are worth the effort.