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What Is EHR Optimization, How Does It Start?

So much of the focus of an EHR implementation is on the go-live and plenty of hustle and bustle precedes a practice's launch of a new EHR technology. However, the digital journey has only just begun at that point and what follows to sustain EHR adoption and use is known as EHR optimization. Simply put, EHR optimization is the process of refining an install of EHR software to serve a practice's...


EHR Optimization Planning and Assesment

EHR optimization projects take a lot of time, effort, and planning in order to execute properly. Prior to beginning a project, healthcare professionals need to take a look at their EHR systems and understand fully the problems that they are dealing with, and then create an action plan in order to make their optimization project effective. Here a 4 steps to ensure a successful EHR optimization project.

According to Tonya Edwards, MD, MMM, physician executive at Impact Advisors, the EHR optimization team needs to be composed of individuals who perform various different functions within the healthcare organization to ensure that the project is beneficial for all organization members.


Best Practices for Approaching EHR Optimization Projects

EHR optimization projects are set to be an industry focus in light of the increased adoption of health IT. This focus is perhaps a natural transition, as providers are realizing that just because a healthcare organization adopts an EHR does not mean they are gleaning the most they can from it.

EHR optimization strategies are important options for organizations to look into. Optimizing an EHR system can help enhance a healthcare organization’s revenue cycle, patient care, or even contribute to better clinical analytics, depending on the focus of the optimization project.

More on EHR Optimization projects and assessments:

EHR optimization: What to watch for after implementation

Benefits of EHR optimization assessments

5 considerations for achieving EHR optimization

 

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