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Assess If You are Ready for EHR -Avontix

Electronic health records have become necessary for all kinds of healthcare providers as the US government provides incentives for those who adopt EHRs and penalties for those who have not yet adopted the EHRs. If facilities do not adopt EHR solutions or implement it effectively, they may not be qualified for the incentive programs. Many benefits of adopting EHR solutions can be availed only when the implementation is done correctly. For this, it is better for healthcare facilities to assess themselves for their readiness to adopt electronic health records. Given here are some points that need to be considered while switching from paper-based records to electronic health records.

  • Financial matters: It is the first and foremost thing to do a cost-benefit analysis for the process of adopting electronic health records. It should be determined if any funds have been accommodated in the budget for the new system to be introduced in the organization.
  • Administrative issues: There are various strategic issues that have to be sorted out before switching to electronic health records. It has to be determined as to which employees will lead the transition process. The benefits that the organization will reap by switching over to electronic health records have to be analyzed. There will be a lot of issues that have to be taken care of regarding the patient data like costs to be incurred for the security of data.
  • Training issues: Well before the electronic health records are adopted, it has to be analyzed how well the employees are ready to take training for the new process and how tech-savvy the staff is to get involved in the whole process and how much time would it take for them to adjust to the new technology. It has to be checked if there are people in the staff who have fair IT skills to take up responsibilities for this.
  • System matters: The process of analyzing which of the systems that are currently used can be used for the transition and the costs associated with getting new systems or updating the present systems for the smooth transition is also required.

This process of assessing if the organization is ready for the transition from paper records to electronic health records is very much required for successful implementation of EHR solutions in a health organization. 

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