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March 26, 2019

Operational Involvement in EHR Adoption

Operational involvement in project activities including workflow design, content, testing, and training are vital to EHR Adoption.
January 8, 2019

Are You Ready For Your Next Epic Upgrade?

Upgrades are a common process that all Epic customers spend countless hours and significant amounts of energy to implement. Each upgrade is different, and each come with their challenges.
December 5, 2018

Three Steps for Success with Clinical Order Sets

Increasing Clinical Order Set usage improves patient safety & providing metrics that can gauge the organization’s clinical efficiency.
August 7, 2018

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.
July 6, 2018

Pediatric Patients (and Pediatric EHRs) Must Be Treated Differently

In healthcare, there are all types of facilities & settings. All of these different care settings can benefit from some form of electronic health record (EHR) software, each with their own specific needs for the patients that they serve.
May 1, 2018

With Rhyme and Reason, Epic Launches Sonnet into the Market

The long-anticipated launch of Epic’s new scaled-down EHR, known as Sonnet, took place in March at HIMSS18 with tremendous excitement. Is the Community Hospital market ready to be successful with it?
April 25, 2018

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.
February 14, 2018

Five Provider Wins from Installing Cupid

Epic’s Cupid module was designed specifically for Cardiology, but it has proved difficult to implement. There are ways to achieve success.
January 18, 2018

We Successfully Installed Our New EHR – Why Haven’t Things Changed?

New software implementations require a change that affects people and processes. The implementation of an organization-wide EHR or ERP software system involves significant change throughout the organization that impacts most, if not all, employees and patients.
January 10, 2018

Guiding Principles to Consider When Using Cerner’s Model Order Sets

Smaller organizations, which usually cannot afford the subscription maintenance, should consider the Cerner Model Order Sets as part of their Cerner Implementation. hese order sets are based on what other Cerner clients designed, and use within their organizations.
January 4, 2018

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.
December 19, 2017

The Evolution of Healthcare and Railways

Conventional wisdom tells us that the evolution of healthcare technology grew from the steady growth of legacy, incumbent back-office systems.
December 5, 2017

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.
November 7, 2017

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.
October 17, 2017

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.
August 10, 2017
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3 Considerations when Planning Epic Upgrades

Upgrading to new Epic versions is vital to organizational success. Getting your Epic Upgrade right starts with preparation. Read on about three things you need in place, before you even start.
August 3, 2017

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.
June 28, 2017

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.
June 13, 2017

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.
April 25, 2017
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Planning for an EHR Implementation?  Don’t Overlook Communication

While not explicitly responsible for building or activating the EHR system that will revolutionize your organization, it's important to have a person or team dedicated to communicating with your end users – at all stages of the system's life cycle.
January 10, 2017

System Error: How To Avoid The Most Common EHR Implementation Mistakes

The first common mistake healthcare organizations make during an Electronic Health Record (EHR) implementation is a half-hearted effort buying into principles. Learn what to avoid when implementing an EHR and how to avoid common implementation mistakes.
December 27, 2016

Patient Attribution and Care Teams – Managing Side-Effects of Population Health Initiatives

Who is responsible for the care of a patient? This seemingly-simple question has become increasingly complex, and population health initiatives can act as a catalyst for improving the process of patient attribution.

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