Tips for successful EMR implementation

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How to have a Successful EMR Implementation

Buying quality hardware, hiring external assistance, and getting buy-in from practice staff are key steps to a successful electronic medical record (EMR) system implementation, according to primary care physicians.

That information comes from a recent Medical Economics survey

in which 30 doctors were asked to identify what helped them prepare for EMR implementation.

Other tips were hiring a scribe to help with data-gathering and template-creation

identifying one main resource to guide the implementation process; establishing a timeline to complete online training each week before implementation, and setting up weekly telephone conference calls with your vendor.

According to the survey, almost half of participants hired an information technology (IT) professional or firm

12% hired some other outside assistance, and 8% paid for assistance from a regional extension center.

The good news: Most of the doctors surveyed said they were making progress with their EMR implementations

A full 82% were e-prescribing and 74% were maintaining an active medication list. But, there was room for improvement: 19% of doctors have implemented one clinical decision support rule, and just 7% were electronically exchanging key clinical information with other entities.

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