Answers for a Healthier World

Few events can measure-up to the stress levels felt by most hospital staffs during a Go-Live event. Go-Live is a period defined as the point in which a hospital launches a new technology solution and prepares for issues, optimizes the system, brings the old system down and hopes that clinical staff adopts to the new technology.

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IT departments within hospitals are often stretched to their limits, especially when dealing with a new Electronic Health Records (EHR) implementation. The IT staff is focused on learning the EHR, implementing the new solution, and optimizing the solution after the launch in an attempt to perform improvements to the system. Additionally, by this point, most hospitals also require their IT staff to begin the onerous task of decommissioning existing legacy systems.

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It’s common knowledge that U.S. healthcare spending is astronomical. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the average U.S. healthcare organization spend in 2015 increased 5.8 percent to reach $3.2 trillion. And that number has only grown. Health spending is projected to grow 5.4 percent in 2017 related to faster growth in Medicare and private health insurance spending. Health expenditures are also projected to grow at an average rate of 5.9 percent for 2018-19, the fastest of the sub-periods examined, as projected spending growth in Medicare and Medicaid accelerates.

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Planning the perfect EHR launch is difficult, to say the least. There are several factors to consider like communications, access management and complex workflows. And that does not even consider the biggest one, the successful adoption to a new EHR, which is never a foregone conclusion. One key to a successful EHR Go-Live however, is accurate scheduling.

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EHRs have profoundly impacted the healthcare industry. The EHR was initially seen as a way to digitize the patient’s chart and record, but by doing so EHRs have impacted the healthcare industry through the exponential increase in the amount of data that is now available to clinicians. The healthcare community is at the early-stages of trying to figure out how to use this onslaught of data to change and improve patient care. Organizations are trying to leverage the EHR as a database, not only for quality improvement and safety, but also for general population health.

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Healthcare organizations often rush the implementation process associated with their transition from a legacy system to a new Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR). Looking for a vendor to provide legacy support while the existing hospital IT staff pivots to learn and implement the new EHR is one area where time is required in order to perform the proper due diligence.

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The expanded capabilities from modern Electronic Health Record solutions (EHRs) come with a cost increase in the implementation and adoption of the new system, as well as an increase in complexity for hospital staff. That often results in challenges for in-house hospital IT help desks after the launch of a new EHR system. By leveraging an EHR Clinical Service Desk (CSD), hospitals can better support clinicians while decreasing the complexity associated with new EHR implementations.

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Strategy is everything in healthcare. If you think about it, regardless of your industry, strategy is what makes every company function across the board. The foundation of successful strategy is effective leadership - particularly in the healthcare industry when dealing with optimizing and managing an electronic healthcare record (EHR).

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It’s never easy to pick a vendor. No matter what type of industry you’re in, most companies rely on the expertise of a vendor, partner, consultant, or other kind of third party expert to design or deploy some new items into an existing workflow. In healthcare and Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR) implementations, this task can be especially tricky. And its success or failure will directly impact the adoption of a new solution like an EHR.

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Top 5 Considerations for an Affiliate Partnership

Collaborating and integrating electronic health record (EHR) systems between a host and an affiliate network carries several advantages. For the host, it can lower the overall budget of technology by spreading the burdens associated with large technology implementation and transferring some of those costs to affiliate hospitals and clinics. The affiliate hospitals and clinics gain the advantages of a single EHR system that can extend services to their patients through technology such as online patient portals, allowing their customers access to test results, appointment scheduling, and communication channels with clinicians.

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