The Essential Ingredient to insure an effective EHR implementation
On Wednesday, January 24, AC Group release their new research paper titled “Advanced Data Conversions - The Essential Ingredient to insure an effective EHR implementation”.According to Mark R. Anderson, CEO of AC Group, “we believe that no one should be stuck with an EHR system that just isn't working for them. Imagine being able to switch from any EHR to any EHR freely without losing vital patient data & encounter notes”.
The purpose of this white paper is to discuss the value of “data conversion” prior to going live on a new EHR product and to introduce the concept of “advanced data conversion” via electronic means.With advanced data conversion process, physicians can select new products without the risk of losing the majority of their patient’s data.Fact:once a medical practice goes live on the EHR, 99% of the patient’s clinical information is still embedded in an older EHR or in the patient’s paper chart, not in the new EHR. Advanced Data Conversion: Data Extraction services are available even if the previous EMR software vendor is no longer in business or no support is available. Practices need the ability to ‘'extract” data from whichever system currently being deployed, and 'convert', or reformat it, to meet the new software's specifications. This frees the physician using the legacy EMR system as a history archive. When considering converting from one EHR software product to another, medical practices must consider the amount of discrete data that they would like to move from their current computer systems to their new computer systems.In most cases vendors offer patient demographic data conversions, but rarely do they offer conversions of clinical data.Also, most vendors assume that no discrete data can be converted from the legacy systems.Of course, this means that the physician has no discrete data about the patient, only scanned images. What would happen if an EHR vendor started offering “advanced data conversion” via electronic transfer of data from multiple sources?The answer is obvious.The medical practice would achieve EHR go-live sooner and would achieve operational improvements and cost savings in a shorted amount of time.Therefore, Physicians need to be in charge of determining their data conversion needs and controlling the implementation and go-live process. To view the research paper on Advanced Data Conversions - The Essential Ingredient to insure an effective EHR implementation, click on the picture on the right or click here to download the white paper.