White Paper: Keys to a successful EHR implementation
To some practices, the HITECH Act feels more like a high-wire act: They’re struggling to balance the pros against the cons as they assess the value of electronic health records (EHR) and health information exchange (HIE).
There are, without a doubt, many pros to EHR and HIE adoption. Enabling fingertip access to patient information. Streamlining communications among providers and with patients. Improving quality and outcomes. Automating routine, time-consuming tasks.
But there are also undeniable downsides like cost and the need to overhaul virtually all workflows — not to mention the less-than-encouraging estimates for genuine return on investment.
The movement towards EHR, however, seems to have reached critical mass. Providers, pundits and politicians agree that the benefits, both now and into the future, outweigh any drawbacks. They also agree that there’s a secret to EHR success: planning well.