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Optimizing Your EMR Project: Utilize Your Lessons Learned

Posted by Lisa Laravie on February 22, 2017 at 9:00 AM

“If I knew then what I know now…”

How many times have we all uttered that phrase? It’s easy to see mistakes or opportunities for improvement once a project or event is complete. The trick is taking that knowledge and utilizing it for current or future projects to avoid unnecessary headaches.

Nowhere is that truer than when you’re implementing an EMR. Learning from your experience during implementation helps you fill in functionality gaps and optimize your EMR as you go. If you’re like most organizations, your EMR projects represent a huge undertaking.  With the resource management, legacy systems to adjust, and new processes to be put into place, you will find it hard to keep track of all the details.  You can often be left wondering how you’ll maintain the project on time and on budget, let alone how to optimize the change. 

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Topics: project management, clinical optimization, EMR implementation

Transitioning to a New EMR – 3 Tips to Smooth the Way

Posted by Clinical Transformation Team on April 6, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Authors: Rosie Montemayor and Kelsey Kazmierczak 

 Electronic Medical Records (EMR) have become a crucial part of everyday healthcare operations.  Chances are your organization is currently working with an EMR system. Many organizations have not only adopted one, but have transitioned to another, newer model in hopes of returning the significant investment if the first implementation did not go as well as planned.  By the second go-live, organizations have a list of what to do and what not to do based on lessons learned from the first time around.  So how do you know if adopting a new EMR is the best choice?  What are some of those tips and tricks that you could learn from your peers? 

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Topics: ehr implementation planning, clinical optimization, EMR implementation

4 Tips for Successful Project Closure, Why It’s a Crucial Step Between Go-live and Optimization

Posted by Srini Pasala on September 23, 2015 at 9:00 AM

 When you think of implementations, transitions, adoptions, or conversions, it's normal to think in terms of preparation, planning, and go-live. But what about post go-live? There is a massive transition that occurs between go-live and system optimization, often leaving you feeling like you’re mid-swing on a trapeze hand-off. Many projects are implemented successfully but the closure and transition of the project to operations and long-term support team are not always as successful. But here’s the thing, project closure is equally as important and should be planned for in the beginning by including the process in the project charter and project management plan. So how do you ensure your project transitions from go-live to optimization successfully? Here are four tips to consider.

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Topics: EHR go-live support tips, operations, healthcare project management, EMR implementation, documentation

Prepping Your Staff for a Successful EHR Implementation, What You Need to Know

Posted by Debra Harris on August 5, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Without proper staff training and education, an electronic health record (EHR) implementation can cause more challenges than benefits for your organization. But this doesn’t need to be the case if you take a few strategic steps when prepping and training your staff. How can you help your staff be properly educated on the new system? Here are four proven strategies we developed based on recent implementations.

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Topics: education, technology, clinical optimization, system migration, EMR training, EMR implementation, revenue cycle optimization

3 Ways to Minimize Anxiety During An EHR Implementation

Posted by Zoe Shiovitz on March 18, 2015 at 9:00 AM

There are no two ways about it. Implementing a new electronic health record (EHR) means creating major change within a healthcare organization. The numerous tasks required, including installing the EHR as well as tweaking the day-to-day operations of your practice can seem overwhelming. Once you gain a handle on your organization’s preparedness, you need to design a custom implementation plan.

So how do you minimize the normal anxiety during such a large transition?

There are three ways you can ensure that your staff is comfortable with change as well as manage the potential impacts to workflows.

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Topics: EMR implementation

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