There is no doubt that Electronic Medical Records (EMR), implemented successfully and used properly, are valuable clinical tools in any medical practice. Their benefits of reducing costs, streamlining workflow, improving medical care and increasing practice productivity are undeniable. However, we hear stories upon stories of failed implementations and deinstallations of these systems across the US. Per a study conducted by Health Leaders-Inter-Study that “The state of Arizona and the Phoenix area have experienced a high adoption rate for electronic medical records, but this has been followed by a “deinstallation” of the technology”.
What should physicians and practices do to prevent and avoid such a failure? To thoroughly answer this question, we must start at the beginning of the process of changing from paper to electronic. It is very important for everyone involved to understand the implications and ramifications of this very important change. A practice profiling or readiness assessment and aptitude for embracing and adopting new technology is the first step to ensuring a successful EMR implementation long before the deployment of the system.
In this first article, of a series of future articles, we will focus on what is involved in performing EMR readiness assessment and briefly explain each task. These tasks lay the ground for the needed changes and the necessary training and support as the EMR implementation process proceeds.
Assessing your practice culture:
Understanding the office culture and it aptitude for change is considered a major factor of the successful implementation of an EMR. Cultural assessment includes:
Assessing your practice technical capabilities:
Assessing your operational changes:
Assessing your budget, cost, saving and ROI:
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