EHR Implementation Mistakes you can Learn from
Electronic health records are the wave of the future. As a key feature of the Affordable Care Act, implemented in 2012, there is reason to believe that this trend will continue to grow in the future.
In short, the use of EHR is meant to reduce paperwork and administrative costs. Furthermore, and most important, it is designed to improve the overall quality of care by reducing medical errors.
Speaking of errors, some practices and facilities know exactly what they want out of an EHR system. Others, however, slip up along the way and are unsure of how to implement a system that benefits their organization, as well as the patients they serve.
Three implementation mistakes you can learn from:
- Choosing just any EHR provider. Some systems are better than others, so make sure you choose wisely. By comparing the pros and cons, with a focus on usability, it becomes easier to make a wise decision.
- Neglecting to find an EHR designed for your industry. For example, behavioral health facilities will want to find a program that is designed for their specific needs.
- Overlooking the importance of the learning process. Changing from a paper system to an electronic system is easier said than done. It is essential that you understand the ins and outs of the learning process, as this is the only way to get started on the right foot.
Implementing an EHR system may be the best move you ever make. As long as you avoid the common mistakes above, you should feel good about where you stand and what this technology can do for your facility.