Health care providers across the country are racing to comply with CMS guidelines for Electronic Health Record database implementation in order to take advantage of the monetary incentives. They are all going through the same EHR implementation growing pains. The Regional Extension Centers (RECs) is compiling best practices and tips for future implementation with the hopes of guiding providers through the process.
Here are 5 tips from the RECs for providers who are implementing the EHR for the first time:
- Connect with your local Health Information Exchange (HIE). This will help facilitate connectivity with multiple vendors.
- Transition from paper to electronic charts quickly. If the transition drags on too long, workers will likely hold on to the old paper ways for longer. Rapid transitions have more success.
- Work with vendors to ensure the charts populate in advance. Providers will not want to start each patient visit with a blank form. Your vendor can help you set up pre-population of forms.
- Reduce patient volume for transition period. Each scheduled appointment, during and shortly after the EHR implementation, should be given a new patient timeslot.
- Train without distractions. Make it a priority to thoroughly train all employees on the new system during a time patients are not present.
Changes are always stressful to providers and their staff. Having a plan and following best practices can help reduce the stress and give your office a greater chance for success.