Implementing Medical Record Software Systems in a Hospital

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Implementing an electronic medical record software system into a critical access hospital or a large multi-hospital/ clinic health system from a 100% paper documenting system can take time, money, and patience. The appropriate, knowledgeable people need to be available for this type of transition to take place. There are federal guidelines that have to be met for an electronic medical record software to be implemented. Meaningful use has to be established in order to pick the appropriate software. It is also best to know which software can give you the best benefits for the type of facility and health information exchange that is needed. Develop a plan of implementation and carry out the necessary steps needed to successfully begin your new electronic medical records program.
As a nurse informatics specialist, I focus on finding ways to improve information management and communications in nursing to improve efficiency, reduce healthcare cost, and enhance the quality of patient care. In the past, I have worked at a large multi-hospital/ clinic health system who has been using health information technology, electronic medical records, and a health information exchange to better patient’s health and to reduce medical cost. I have ten years’ experience with electronic medical records and believe that it is in the best interest of my new place of employment, a critical access hospital, to take the steps needed to implement a new electronic medical records program, now rather than later. The Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive program provides payments to eligible hospitals. While demonstrating meaningful use by using EHR, hospitals can receive incentive payments up to as much as $44,000 for Medicare and $63,750 for Medicaid....

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...ove efficiency, reduce healthcare cost, and enhance the quality of patient care. There are government financial incentives that can be received for qualified critical access hospitals. Choosing the right EMR software vender can be critical to the appropriate implementation of an EMR system. Athenahealth has a high adoption rate. Rapid implementation can be positive setup in the right direction for a critical access hospital. An experienced EMR vendor can also assist in a better implementation than a less experienced one. Having a vision, scope, and a generous budget can prepare leadership, staff, and patients for the new transition from paper filing to electronic filing. Implementing an electronic medical record software into a critical access hospital can save health care cost, increase security, and allow patients access to their personal medical records.

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