Reasons behind Setbacks in EHR Implementations

Post the active adoption of EHR, owing to the lucrative incentives offered through Meaningful Use, there is an air of positivity regarding the healthcare system. However, effective implementation of EHR is essential to strengthen the overall healthcare sector. A number of hospitals, across the US, are striving to cross this arduous path of transforming, from a pure paper-based healthcare, into a virtual practice, through EHR. Whilst there are organizations that learned tough lessons amid their journey, there are others who are yet to adopt EHR for ensuring practice efficiency and adhering to government regulations.

While many may not acclaim iPatientCare EHR as one of the best in the ambulatory, there are reasons why still most of providers prefer sticking to it rather than switching on to other EHRs easily available in the market. There are reasons why iPatientCare EHR has continued to be an all-encompassing electronic medical record system. In early 2014, it unleashed its value -added services for complete or partial Revenue Cycle Management, MU Plus and Registry Plus. Attaining Meaningful Use Stage -2 Certification along with ICD-10 Ready EHR & Integrated PMS, it only demonstrated its capability to enhance its EHR at the time when practices are looking to reduce costs, enhance efficiency, and generate more revenue.

Hospitals facing hiccups in effective implementation of EHR are not suffering because of the expensive system but they are facing obstacles owing to their inability to think ahead. Adhering to governance structure, performing project planning in advance, and planning a flexible budget well before time are some of the essential factors needed for successful EHR implementation.

Most of the practices whine about lack of leadership as the main cause behind non-usability of the system. Insufficient training was the second reason why implementations of EHR failed. Among the successful providers, there are those who contend that structuring the adoption process in a planned way is the key to effective implementation of EHR. Structured leadership, workgroups, budgeting, approaches to education and training; all need to go hand in hand for easy EHR implementation. If a hospital fails in effective implementation of an electronic medical record system then it is not the system which is to be blamed but it is the leadership element that takes the charge.

A successful EHR implementation not only demands an investment in a comprehensive and all-encompassing EHR but also confirms a flexible budget that doesn’t lose ground of the original goal. Organizations that have succeeded in leveraging their EHR investment ensure that they are clear about where they wish to move and the obstacles that might come on the way, well before the outset.

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