Customized EHR Content, 6 Week EMR Implementation, Redundant Charting, and Increased HIT Investment

Great counsel and advice for those still looking at various EHR software (especially specialists)
Linda Lia
Customizable content “offered”, doesn’t mean your specialty is available. Big difference. Ask for a “live” demo. #EMR #HITsm #healthIT

EMR implementation in 6 weeks. Hospital EMR people will balk at this. However, it’s possible in the ambulatory setting. I wouldn’t recommend it, but one time I had to do it.
Brandon Betancourt
New Post – Going from paper charts to EMR in 6 weeks; a summary #EMR

Everyone hates redundant work. So, this tweet caught my eye:
The Nerdy Nurse
In Case You Missed it: : Teetering Between EMR and Paper Charting: Frustration and Duplication – What kind of nerdy…
Here’s my response on the blog post:

Great article. The redundancy is killer!! We did a partial EMR implementation at first. Then, we ended up using the redundancy to push through the rest of the EMR implementation. So, while I hate redundancy as much as the next person, it was interesting how we could use redundancy in order to drive the adoption of EMR technology.

It seems the real issue you pose is who is required to do the redundant work. I suggest you have the person who needs to be most bought in to the EMR to do the redundant work.

I didn’t dig into the following research, but it’s interesting to note that they said a VC investment increase in HIT of 27%. If anything, that sounds low to me. Although, many of the HIT projects are likely still in the Angel investing stage as opposed to VC.
Jomo Starke
VC investment in HIT increases 27% per research #healthIT #HITsm via @Lumeris via @HITstrategy

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John Lynn

John Lynn

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  • John,
    Just spoke to a large academic medical center, clinic practice side. They used an outsourced service to hand-key critical pieces of patient data into their Epic templates before go live. The company – IOD Incorporated – performed data abstraction services for the clinic’s “frequent fliers” and next 6 months of schedule patients. Physicians loved it – said it saved them 30 minutes per clinic visit and made initial go live much smoother. Is this common practice? Has anyone else done this to spur faster MD adoption and implementation?

  • Beth,
    I’ve actually heard of a few companies that do something similar to this. I haven’t talked to any of their customers to see how well it really goes or not.

    One company I talked to provided actual clinically trained people to help do the data extraction. It’s an interesting way to start with an EHR.

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