Monday, January 28, 2013

Getting Started with an EHR

HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) issued a fact sheet with the following tips on how to implement an EHR system:
  1. Getting Started
    • Start by forming an EHR project team
    • Write a mission statement
    • The EHR project can speed up patient flow and add capacity
    • The EHR can also reduce overtime by spending less time filling out paper form and charts.
  2. Examine Workflow
    • Examine how implementing the EHR will change your business. For instance the EHR may speed things up but change how you run your business
  3. Select the Right Vendor
    • Make a list of requirements that you need in an EHR
    • Ask people you know what kind of EHR that they use and what their experiences have been with them
    • Look on the institute of Medicine and their list for a "key capabilities" for an EHR
  4. Negotiate a Good Contract
    • Negotiate a contract that meets your needs for your EHR
    • Ask for references from the vendor
    • View the product at a company that uses the vendor already
  5. Plan Carefully for a Successful Implementation
    • Plan how to transfer existing paper based information and how the new documents transfer into the new EHR system.
    • Train one "super-user" for every 25 people that will be using the EHR system in your company.
For the full article, please click the following link: Getting Started with an EHR

For additional billing and coding resources, please click the following link: Medical Reimbursement Resources Page

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