7 Steps to Plan the Implementation of an EHR System
As you begin to consider implementing an EHR system, there will come a time when you are faced with the planning process. At this point you need to answer questions such as:
- Why system is best for the practice?
- Is everybody on board with the idea?
- What are some of the challenges that are sure to come up?
- How long will the migration take?
The following seven steps will help you better plan the implementation of an EHR system:
- Map out your current approach and how it will change with the assistance of electronic health records.
- Focus on how an EHR system can eliminate duplicate work and improve workflow efficiency.
- Create a contingency plan to deal with any concerns that come up during implementation.
- Create a plan that will help your practice transition from a paper based system to an EHR system.
- Identity what information needs to be converted from paper to electronic and the priority associated with each one.
- Understand what type of data needs migrated and what type you can ignore permanently (or for the meantime).
- Identify challenges regarding security and privacy. Furthermore, create a plan for addressing these concerns.
When you plan the implementation of an EHR system, you will find it easier to make the right decisions at the right time. As long as you remain on the right path from the start, you will feel comfortable with the direction your practice is moving and the benefits you are receiving as a result.