A resource for sharing information and ideas intended to assist New Jersey (and non-NJ) physicians and their practices with using Health Information Technology (HIT) tools to achieve Ambulatory Care Excellence. Included are: adopting Electronic Health Records (EHRs), connecting to Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), achieving Meaningful Use (MU) for Eligible Professionals, and other relevant topics.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Embarking on Your EHR Journey
The Electronic Health Record (EHR) is a tool and Health Information Exchanges (HIE) are services which can be effectively combined and used in a meaningful way to assist physcians and their practices to achieve ambulatory care excellence. The EHR Journey involves a lot of hard work on the part of every member of a physician practice and requires buy-in by everyone. Technology plays an important role in the EHR Journey, but this journey is mainly involved with creating a cultural shift in the way a practice operates. This cultural shift is the enabler in the practice for reaching its goals of delivering the highest quality patient care.
To start the EHR Journey, the following brief documents should be read and digested:
The small physician practices (1-10 physicians) face the bigger challenges for EHR implementation since they typically have fewer resources at their disposal than the larger practices. The following documents will help the small practices gain an understanding what needs to be done to succeed in their EHR Journey: