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5 Reasons You Should Use an Independent Healthcare Expert for Clinical Optimization

Posted by Rena Hrivnak on April 12, 2017 at 9:00 AM

EHR technology has reached near universal adoption as organizations continue to invest in their IT environment. The clinical and business side of most healthcare organizations have adapted to the use of EHR’s and as resistance has melted away, there is a clamor to get even more utility from their systems. The general upheaval in the industry has also continued to shrink revenue and squeeze margins, leading organizations to launch cost savings initiatives across the board. Many look to their clinical systems to help them improve productivity, efficiency, and patient satisfaction to help drive revenue increases and trim costs.

Attaining those goals often leads to a clinical optimization program. Though worthwhile, these initiatives can often fall by the wayside or fail to get enough mind share because existing staff is tied up with day-to-day tasks that consume their time. Some organizations look to their EHR vendor to help but this can lead to a narrow, single solution view of potential improvements.

Often the best solution is bringing in an independent expert consultant who can help drive the optimization program and achieve tangible results. Here are five reasons you should consider an independent healthcare expert to help with your clinical optimization program.

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Topics: IT staff management, clinical optimization

The Other Side of the Implementation Coin: Decommissioning Legacy Systems

Posted by Rena Hrivnak on July 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Implementation isn't just about the new system, there's also the process of taking the necessary steps to decommission legacy applications. The health system is in agreement that the application needs to be retired, but is unsure as to when and how the retirement process should begin. There are three major areas to consider when planning out the phases of the decommissioning project: Content (Clinical or A/R), Type (if the application is a utility type application or if it holds data), and Contract (if the contract is expired or is there an active application contract). Here are some tips to help you through the decommissioning process.

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Topics: healthcare system migration, clinical optimization, EHR implementation

Optimize Your EMR: The 3 Week Plan

Posted by Rena Hrivnak on November 5, 2014 at 8:53 AM

There’s no two ways about it, implementing an electronic medical record (EMR) is a mammoth effort. Most organizations have similar complaints when rolling out an EMR, including the resulting disjointed workflows, inefficient documentation, lost revenue due to a less than adequate charge capture, and an overall lack of quality face time with the patient.

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