Mar 6, 2017
Safeguard your organization from choosing the wrong EHR vendor.
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Since the U.S. Government’s mandate to implement electronic health record (EHR) technology in 2014, EHR systems have become the new norm in the healthcare industry. In fact, as of 2015, nearly 87% of in-office physicians have adopted an EHR system, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Despite the high adoption rate in recent years, there are still private and public healthcare providers functioning without EHR systems. If your organization has yet to adopt, there are several important considerations to take into account when starting your search.
Beginning Your EHR Search
With 600 potential EHR vendors to choose from, your first task should be researching which providers are the best fit for your organization type. Does your short list of providers serve clients like yourself?
Since healthcare is such an expansive field, industry players have begun specializing in technology for certain types of healthcare providers. For example, vendors can specialize in ambulatory/emergency services, dental practices or behavioral health EHR – to name a few.
Once you begin your vetting process with a short list of EHR providers, you should address product-related concerns. Does your staff require mobile capability? Do you prefer an integrated model or a platform with multiple modules?
After you’ve weighed the pros and cons of various product offerings, consider the implementation process. How long will the transition and installation take following a signed contract? What kind of support will you receive once installed?
A thorough evaluation of your EHR solution options is crucial because it’s a significant investment. Implementation costs can range from $15,000 to $70,000, according to Health IT.gov. By choosing wisely, you can effectively streamline your organization’s administrative and patient relations processes for years to come.
Check out the infographic below for more key questions to ask your prospective EHR vendor.
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