Easing the EHR Transition

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“An EHR a day keeps the government away”

Once a doctor finally recovers from the shell shock of realizing the cost of implementing an EHR system, the shell shocks still do not seem to stop. There are a multitude of reasons why EHR systems have become such a headache. However, hopefully there are a few ways to ease the pain (besides aspirin).

Dr. Farzad Mostashari, former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has a short video on “The Doctor’s Channel” about ways to help make the transition to EHR’s easier.

Dr. Mostashari’s 4 Tips:

  1. Choose the right vendor
  2. Train your staff
  3. Pay attention to security
  4. If meaningful use requires the office to complete something such as, compile a list of x and y, take the time to really get something “meaningful” out of it.

Dr. Mostashari explains that he understands the headache that offices go through when trying to implement EHR systems. However, his overarching theme is that, if you have to do it anyway, you might as well get something out of it. From choosing a vendor, to ensuring staff understand how to use the software, don’t cut any corners. EHR’s are in a sense the government’s prescription for doctors. In this case though, the doctor still has the choice over which EHR system to implement, and how to ensure that the office is properly trained and aware of how to use the software. Dr. Mostashari’s hope is that doctors can manage and navigate meaningful use in a way that hopefully will benefit the office’s unique set of needs.

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David Eisenberg is currently a medical student at The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, PA, and a contributor to Medical Groups. David believes that it is critically important for physicians to not only be well rounded clinically, but also financially. In an ever changing healthcare system, David hopes to help physicians not only understand how to successfully navigate the dynamic healthcare landscape, but also how to take a leadership role in continuing to develop the medical profession that so many have diligently dedicated their life’s work to. In addition to contributing to Medical Groups, David works with thedoctorschannel.com, as well as helps to run an app for pre-med students that he co-founded, PreMD Tracker.

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