EMR implementation is better with experience

EMR implementation is better with experience April 25, 2014 by Vickie Anenberg

Fear of the unknown is often the greatest challenge that healthcare providers must overcome as they transition to an electronic medical record (EMR) system. Concern from healthcare professionals revolve around how quickly EMR implementation can be done, how difficult it will be to complete, and the potential for disruptions to caregiving during the transition period.

Enlisting the assistance of a company that has extensive experience in assisting healthcare facilities make the switch to EMR has proven to be an effective method to manage these concerns. Bringing aboard experienced staff who have been through the process before and can backfill in certain areas, while providing guidance in others, offers reassurance to existing staff - thus encouraging them to buy into the process.

That support and participation is critical in achieving an efficient EMR implementation that takes place in the most cost-effective manner possible. Qualified support staff can bring the clinical and technical skills that have value before, during and after the go-live takes place.

It is important that this support is on hand throughout the entire EMR transition. The presence of transition staff that can answer questions and demonstrate best practices lessens the learning curve. This is especially true as the new system ramps up and hands-on work begins in real-word situations. When questions can be answered by the people working right alongside them, staff clinicians quickly reach a level of comfort with electronic medical records.

These staff members are also comforted by the knowledge that experienced support personnel are available to help take care of their patients while they get up to speed on the new system.

The help and expertise that experienced EMR clinicians provide can be an integral part of the success of any implementation project.