Points to Consider for EHR Optimization
How will you approach the post go-live world? EHR optimization is vital to your success. Consider these factors as you prepare.
Here we go again … Reset, Refuel, Optimize
EHR expectations, functionality, and potential are always moving. And now it seems that it’s time for an EHR reset.
The EHR Journey – Workflow Analysis, Ease of Use & Best Practices
A major part of any EHR installation is workflow analysis. Every organization practices, functions, and cares for patients a little differently largely due to training, culture, and patient demographics that they serve. Knowing all of this, there is still an unrealistic expectation that healthcare technology is plug-and-play. Being trapped in this misconception can lead to end-user frustration, delays in care for patients, delayed revenue or revenue loss, and an overall mistrust of the product and the IT implementation team.
The EHR Journey – Selecting an EHR Vendor
As a healthcare organization, innovation and change can be a challenge. In this series, we reached out to Terri Couts, VP of Epic Application Programs at Guthrie Clinic, for her thoughts on the end-to-end EHR journey.
Cost Savings from Standardizing the Formulary
Providers use medications that they’re familiar with & have had success with. Unless there is a compelling reason, they are unlikely to change their prescribing habits. While this may hold true across providers, there are lots of benefits, including cost savings, from standardizing the formulary.
3 Things To Remember When Implementing A Cerner EHR
Implementing a new Cerner EHR can be a daunting task. There are so many big things to think of, that organizations can miss smaller or subtler things. These workflows and processes are done every day, and so common that people take them for granted.
Developing a Super User Program that Works
A Super User Program that extends beyond go-live is one of the key factors in the success of your Epic implementation.
Alert Fatigue is an Alarming Problem
In theory, the more you alert a provider to potential problems, the better care the patient will receive. Pop-up alerts can simultaneously be one of the most positive and most negative features of an EHR – depending on how they’re implemented. Too many alerts can lead to alert fatigue, which can be an alarming problem.
Clinical Simulation Bolsters EHR Readiness
Clinical simulations are a key part of a blended learning solution for go-lives and an existing part of clinical training. The EHR can be integrated into the simulation to increase the effectiveness of existing high fidelity scenarios. The advantage for organizations that invest in clinical simulations during go-live is that users are better prepared to use their new knowledge and skills prior to seeing patients, and the structure created in the deliverables can be used post go-live.
Remembering the Five Ps
Proper Planning and Communication are the cornerstones that can make or break an EHR implementation. Communication to all levels is necessary.
Testing, It’s not Just for IT Anymore
EHR testing doesn’t begin or end with the implementation, rather it’s a critical element of running an ongoing Information Technology function.
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