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Efficient and effective Big Bang EMR no problem for Cross Country Staffing

Efficient and effective Big Bang EMR no problem for Cross Country StaffingApril 18, 2014 by Vickie Anenberg

When Alaska’s largest hospital, the 341-bed Providence Alaska Medical Center (PAMC), made a last-minute order request for staffing while going through a “Big Bang” EMR implementation, Cross Country Staffing (CCS) was there to help. But the challenges were not simple.

The two most popular methods when implementing an electronic medical records system are the phased-in and Big Bang approaches. As its name indicates, the phased-in approach is a more gradual process, whereas the big bang strategy aims to shorten the period of transition. While each approach has its benefits, each also has its drawbacks.

With the Big Bang method, there is often a drop in efficiency during the implementation period, and some organizations may need to reduce their patient load by as much as 50 percent over that span.

PAMC chose to do its EMR implementation during the Thanksgiving and winter holidays. CCS was asked to support this effort by recruiting, hiring and onboarding experienced healthcare professionals over a four-month period. Complicating this request was the fact that Alaska is not a compact state. All of the travel staff had to apply to the state for licenses, which had to be accomplished in an expedited fashion without interviews and screening by PAMC’s Human Resources department.

Despite these hurdles, CCS was able to achieve a 91 percent fill-rate during the Big Bang implementation and provided more than 165 qualified, licensed healthcare professionals to PAMC. CCS received a 100 percent Credential Management Score, and PAMC implemented its technology platform efficiently and conveniently, with just one point-of-contact and one invoice for all services rendered.

Find out how CCS can simplify your EMR transition and provide your staffing solutions.

Source for 50 percent drop statistic: http://www.hrsa.gov/healthit/toolbox/RuralHealthITtoolbox/Selection/stepbystep.html