Organizations nationwide have different reasons to opt for EHR. While some endorse it for government incentives, other might embrace it for the actual benefits it has. Over the course of EHR’s journey into the system, there has been much debate about the associated pros and cons. It would take an organization a considerable time to decide whether it wants to implement EHR or not. If the answer is no, then the struggling with the traditional system is a challenge. And, if the answer is yes, then discovering a hassle-free EHR implementation process is a challenge.
This blog targets to draw a milestone-oriented route for you to implement EHR effortlessly and efficiently. Everything effortless does not have to be tedious. A simple route that tackles one challenge at a time can save a lot of time and money.
Decide the Destination
A goal or a destination is an important part of every journey. When you set to implement EHR, it is important to be clear of where you are and what you want to achieve. For example, you might want to eliminate all paper records and have only digital copies. This type of goal setting will help you leverage on the right features of the decided EHR solution. It also involves deciding the stops (interim milestones) that will help you know that you are on the right track.
Track the Time
A journey needs to be completed within a time limit and that is exactly what you should have in mind while implementing EHR. EHR implementation does not necessarily have to be a slow process. You can speed up things to reserve time for unplanned challenges. A good way to go about this is to add a time factor for each milestone. For example, digitalizing records within a span of 1 month or be more precise if possible and replace the time frame with an actual date.
Your organization has decided to implement EHR and you have loads of things to take care of. In this case, a simple step like getting a consultant on board or hiring a vendor to facilitate some phases or entire implementation can be extremely beneficial. The point is to make work easy for yourself and get professional help to do things efficiently and quickly. If you want reservations here, then let the vendor take care of mundane tasks and you can look after the critical aspects.
Enjoy the Snacks
Successful implementation is all about achieving what you wanted. When you have a milestone oriented plan in place, you will work towards achieving each milestone and then proceed to the next one. This approach will help you enjoy the benefits of each milestone without having to wait for the implementation to complete. You can enjoy fruits of your labor even before the entire work in done. For example, if the first milestone was to transfer all data to a computer, then you can start making updates to that data for all future patient visits rather than waiting for entire implementation to complete.
With a clear understanding of the direction in which you are heading, you are sure to have a successful EHR implementation. The need is to know what you want and then make use of all available resources in the most efficient way to arrive at your destination.