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Electronic health records (EHR) assist in the process of collecting patient data and record keeping. However, an EHR has broader implications. Based on what the objectives are, an EHR has the power to alter your entire practice’s workflow, structure, and cultural process. That’s why choosing an EHR that complements and enhances your office operations is so vital.

If you feel your existing EHR isn’t adding value, it may be time to opt for another solution. Moving over to a new EHR is often an extended process. Once all the data has been entered into the new system, your staff must be trained on how to use the different functions and features. This training can take several weeks. Long term needs and goals should drive the process of switching to a new EHR. This lessens the odds of spending the time to transition to a new EHR only to realize that the new solution is ultimately not one that is adapting to the distinct needs of your practice.

Make sure to remain connected with your patients throughout the process as they become familiar with the new EHR, and provide feedback. Identify any problem areas quickly, and take the steps to rectify them, when possible. Patient feedback also shows while you are focused on creating an efficient and effective office, your system also has your patients in mind. You want an EHR solution that follows your new EHR targets for better productivity and delivers as much value to patients as it does to you.

This update is provided by CareOptimize. We provide healthcare management consulting services and products, managed care solutions, value-based expertise, Nextgen EHR utilities, MIPS consulting, and more. CareOptimize has helped numerous healthcare organizations succeed for more than a decade. For more information, please call 855.937.8475.