How to Implement EHRs (excerpt from HealthIT.gov)

In this month’s post, we take a look at advice from HealthIT.gov, in partnership with the National Learning Consortium, about How to Implement EHRs.

HealthIT.gov, in partnership with the National Learning Consortium, has published a 6-step process about How to Implement EHRs. The following is an excerpt from HealthIT.gov:

Step 1: Assess Your Practice Readiness

The first step in EHR implementation is to conduct an assessment of your current practice and its goals, needs, and financial and technical readiness. With an accurate view of your level of preparedness, your practice can design an implementation plan that meets the specific needs of your practice. 

Step 2: Plan Your Approach

Planning draws on the information gathered during the assessment phase, to outline the practice’s EHR implementation plan. 

Step 3: Select or Upgrade to a Certified EHR

There are a number of steps involved in choosing the right EHR system for your practice. Eligible health care professionals and eligible hospitals must use certified EHR technology in order to achieve meaningful use and qualify for incentive payments. Looking to make your current EHRs meaningful use compliant? Start here. 

Step 4: Conduct Training & Implement an EHR System

EHR implementation involves the installation of the EHR system and associated activities, such as training, mock “go-live,” and pilot testing. 

Step 5: Achieve Meaningful Use

The final phase of EHR implementation includes successfully attesting to demonstrating meaningful use of EHRs, and reassessing what you have learned from training and everyday use of the system. 

Step 6: Continue Quality Improvement

Emphasizes continuous evaluation of your practice’s goals and needs post-EHR-implementation to continue improving workflows that achieve the individual practice’s goals while leveraging the functionality of electronic health records (EHRs).

To read about the full 6-step process, or learn more about a specific step in the process, go to http://www.healthit.gov/providers-professionals/ehr-implementation-steps.

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