EHR Training and EHR Go Live Video from Via Christi Hospital

I’ve seen a number of creative EHR go live videos from various hospitals, but I was really intrigued by the following two EHR training and go live videos for Via Christi hospitals. I found them really interesting because you could hear the first person perspective on what was happening. Certainly people see a camera and say things a little bit different, but I think these videos did a pretty good job capturing the mix of emotions that happen when someone moves to EHR.

Via Christi is part of Ascension Health, and it’s the largest health system in Kansas. It has about a dozen hospitals across the state, several more clinics and senior centers. They had 15 different EHR systems they turned off when they switched to Cerner’s EHR. The Kansas paper reported that the new EHR cost $85 million.

This first video talks about the EHR training that occurred and got comments from a lot of doctors about the change. I found it interesting that they say each doctor got 14 hours of training.

This video talks about the go live. I like the idea of celebrating events like an EHR go live. This felt a little too “made for TV” for me, but there are some really interesting perspectives including the project manager who’s watching the timelines, the IT person who’s just ready to flip the switch, and the nurse that’s not sure what to do with paper while they do the cut over.

Thanks to Via Christi for sharing a bit of their experience moving to Cerner!

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John Lynn

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