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  • How to Implement an EHR – Part 3

    This article is part 3 of a series on “How to Implement an EHR” successfully. If you’d like to start at the beginning 1, click here.  How to Avoid Common EHR Implementation Mistakes In more than a decade of implementing EHR systems, we’ve seen more than our share of pitfalls. But with the right tools, training, and preparation, […]

  • How to Implement an EHR – Part 2

    This article is part 2 of a series on “How to Implement an EHR” successfully. If you missed part 1, start here.  Creating a Realistic EHR Implementation Plan There are a lot of moving pieces to coordinate before executing a successful EHR implementation. Considering your staff’s day-to-day workload won’t simply disappear once implementation starts, most organizations struggle […]

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    How to Implement an EHR – Part 1

    Mapping the Path to a Successful EHR Implementation In the initial excitement of getting a new Electronic Health Record (EHR) system, it can be tempting to dive in head first. After all, a new system can improve patient outcomes, add much-needed security to patient data, and improve productivity. However, most of the time it’s best […]

  • The Great Promise of EHRs

    Electronic Health Records are a failure. They lower productivity. They decrease provider satisfaction. They don’t increase clinical quality. They haven’t lived up to their promises. These are statements that I’m hearing more and more frequently as EHRs are adopted in mass by healthcare organizations across the country. Working closely with these organizations for the past […]

  • Select the Right EHR for Your Organization

    At Afia, we understand that selecting the right electronic health system (EHR) for your organization can be a long and demanding process. An EHR vendor selection is not only a huge time commitment, but it can also require a culture shift within your organization. Through our six step process to selecting the right EHR, we […]

  • A Successful Approach to EHR Data Conversion

    As the field of healthcare IT continues to grow, there is an increasing demand for healthcare organizations to implement electronic health records (EHR). In order to ensure a successful transition into a new EHR, organizations must include the process of data conversion into their implementation plan. EHR data conversion, sometimes referred to as data migration, […]

  • Protecting your IT Investments with Solid EHR Contracts

    Finding the System is Just the Start After spending months of your life in meetings to define requirements, writing RFPs (request for proposals), attending demos, and then finally selecting a system, you are probably ready to kick back and… Write a great contract! While a contract is many times an afterthought in the process of […]

  • The Challenges of Sharing Data Between Separate EHRs

    Your Data is Only Telling you Part of the Story Since 2007, Afia has been involved with data sharing projects. Most of these projects have primarily been in the field of Integrated Healthcare where we have been challenged with finding ways to share meaningful data between physical health and behavioral health providers. With each successful […]

  • Including Clinical Staff During the EHR Selection & Implementation Process is Critical

    An EHR has the potential to be a useful tool to support clinical decision making and increase productivity, but the opposite can be true if the EHR’s limitations require clinicians to accommodate the system rather than the other way around. It’s not always feasible for all levels of staff to be closely involved in the […]

  • What You Need to Know about Meaningful Use

    Meaningful Use is a term set forth by the federal government to define a set of standards that illustrates the difference between simply having an electronic health record (EHR) system installed versus applying it to the benefit of an organization and the organization’s clients. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) authorizes […]