Group practice filing areas often are brimming with patient charts, explanation of benefits, HIPAA forms and all the other documentation associated with such practices. The vision of a totally digital healthcare system is on the horizon for most medical groups, but today's patient charts are often unwieldy and cumbersome. The practice of the future may rely on an electronic document-management system (EDMS) to store information in the most-efficient manner possible. A third-party EDMS can also be used to integrate the other applications and combine the documents into a single information repository. An EDMS should offer a number of document-capture solutions and multiple ways of getting electronic documents into the repository. The EDMS selected should meet the needs of the practice and provide an ROI. It should provide a robust set of features, allowing the practice to set up the system to meet their needs, not force the practice to change the way it does business.