Meaningful use continues to be a driving force in EMR (electronic medical record) implementation. Surveys from the American Hospital Association and CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics in 2010 indicated that 81 percent of hospitals and 41 percent of office-based physicians were already planning to achieve meaningful use and qualify for incentive payments. These federal incentives will begin decreasing incrementally in preparation for the 2015 implementation deadline.
EMR systems will ultimately lead to better integration of medical records across healthcare organizations. EMR systems can improve record keeping, billing and claims management. Benefits can include:
- Improved patient care and providers’ ability to make better-informed decisions
- Reduced storage necessary to keep paper charts
- Aggregated patient data that makes it easier to share with multiple providers
- Accessible records from remote locations
- Portability between various clinics in a healthcare group
- Continuity of care
- Centralization of health history
As healthcare organizations upgrade to EMR systems, they will face new challenges. The following are ten key best practices identified from primary and secondary research including online surveys and case study analysis.
- Garner support from hospital executives
- Involve staff at all levels
- Analyze and redesign workflows
- Provide multiple and varied training opportunities
- Identify and train super users
- Implement a phased approach, beginning with a pilot
- Identify an EMR physician advocate
- Provide consistent communication
- Leverage outside vendors
- Build a go-live SWARM team
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