How to implement EHR optimization with a holistic approach
Because electronic health record optimization doesn't have a standardized process or hard-and-true measurement criteria, the depth and reach of optimization varies from one organization to another, and from EHR vendor to another. To truly optimize EHR systems in clinical documentation, process analysis, standards development and design criteria must be applied in a holistic fashion.
Moving from a paper-based clinical documentation model to one based on efficiency and appropriate standards can be an ongoing, enterprise-wide initiative. To mitigate risks when shifting from one EHR system to another, an optimization team should be deployed and guided through the process, which should cover analyzing clinical processes, implementing efficiency standards and the 80/20 rule, and training clinical teams on the newly optimized environment. Learn more about EHR optimization in our latest white paper, "Optimization of EHR Clinical Documentation."
This paper was authored by emids' Vice President and Head of Provider Consulting and Solutions, Richard Tomlinson, RN, BSME, CMUP. Mr Tomlinson has more than 30 years of experience in engineering and is a registered nurse. He has significant experience working with healthcare organizations in areas of optimization, Meaningful Use and healthcare transformation.