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  • How to Avoid Common EHR Implementation Mistakes

    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, many of these common mistakes can be easily avoided. Lack of Adequate Training Proper training is crucial to a successful implementation. Your project […]

  • How to Create an EHR Implementation Plan

    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 just disappear once implementation starts, most organizations struggle with the bandwidth or skill set to deliver a project of this size. Like most large undertakings, developing your EHR […]

  • How to Select an EHR

    The Path to Selecting the Right EHR 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 to […]

  • Disadvantages of Electronic Health Records are Driven by Poor Expectations

    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 hear more and more frequently as healthcare organizations across the country adopt EHRs. Working closely with these organizations for the past decade I’ve seen firsthand […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • How to Determine if an EHR is the Right Fit for Your Practice

    Determining the right EHR (Electronic Health Record) for your practice isn’t as easy as it sounds. Often times, putting in the right amount of leg work, research, and testing of the many different EHR Systems on the market is critical to finding the system that fits best for your practice’s needs. Available EHR Systems on […]