Month: February 2011

Tips for successful EHR Implementation

Successful EHR Implementation

By Chris Torregosa, Project coordinator

With all the government stimulus money made available to hospitals and clinics these days, many groups are purchasing and implementing an EHR system. Some implementations go smoothly and achieve their goals while others they struggle or stall due to inexperience and frustration with the selected system. Some tend to fall short due to limited resources or IT issues. In certain instances, many groups experience little or no success at all. These groups then begin to contemplate whether it is a problem with their staff learning the system, the workflow processes within the group, or simply the EHR system’s abilities to meet their requirements. Regardless of your group’s size, many implementation issues are common throughout. Like any new journey in life that requires a certain amount of knowledge, there is much to learn and many things that can go wrong without proper direction. Here are a few tips to help ensure a successful EHR implementation:

1) There is no “I” in the word “Team”.

Any football fan knows that any given play can’t be run on the field unless everyone is completing their assigned role. The quarterback can’t throw or handoff the ball unless his offensive line is providing the proper protection from the opposing defense. I can go on and on, but the point is that the sane team concept can and should be applied to an EHR implementation. Navigating through an EHR implementation is not solo task. Everyone from the receptionist to the biller, to the medical assistant, to the physician will play a role in the success of the implementation. Involvement from the stakeholders is essential to create buy in into the project and to identify any ways the EHR could fail.

Like any normal team, there needs to be leadership. In an implementation, a Physician champion should be elected. The role of the Physician champion is to provide good input and communication, and to be an energetic supporter and positive motivator throughout the project. He or she is responsible to keep driving the project forward despite any road blocks that lie ahead.

Lastly, like any good team, practice makes perfect. It is incumbent of the staff to learn and practice. The more and more you practice with the system, the more familiar and comfortable you will be. This will ease any anxiety and in turn provide confidence within the group.

2) Setting realistic goals and expectations.

Implementing an EHR is by no means an easy task. A successful implementation involves a great deal of planning long before you go live. One of the first tasks during the process is to create a realistic implementation timeline that everyone is comfortable with. It is important to be flexible and open to modifying the schedule if necessary. Also, remember that you don’t have to do everything at once. A phased-in, incremental approach is suggested so that users are not learning everything at once and become overwhelmed. Another important aspect of the implementation is staying focused throughout the project. Staying on schedule in the timeline is more about making the EHR implementation a priority.

3) Positivity despite challenges.

Many challenges and frustrations will present themselves during an implementation. It will create uncertainty and doubts as to whether these challenges can be overcome. It is important to stay positive and realize that there is no reason why these challenges can’t be overcome.

4) Consult with experts with EHR experience .

It is a tall order to successfully implement an EHR without prior experience. There are many aspects of an implementation that can be overlooked that may result in failure. Assistance from someone with experience in implementing EHR systems can make a difference towards the outcome of the implementation ….. Visit www.sunrize.com  or call 888-880-0384 to speak with one of our experts on implementation of an EHR.

What is ANSI 5010?

 

What is ANSI 5010? ANSI 5010 is the new version of HIPAA transaction standards that regulates the electronic transmission of healthcare transactions. The 5010 standards will replace the existing 4010/4010A1 version of HIPAA transactions and address many of the shortcomings in the current version, including the fact that 4010 does not support forthcoming ICD-10 coding.  
When must the transition to ANSI 5010 be completed?
 By January 1, 2012, practices will need to complete electronic transactions in an ANSI 5010-compliant format. These electronic transactions include claims, eligibility inquiries and remittance advices. Failure to comply may result in denied claims, slower payments and increased customer service issues.
What is the urgency to upgrade my practice management system? Significant changes have been made to Mc Kesson’s Medisoft® practice management systems to comply with the new ANSI 5010 standards. These changes affect the amount of data and the way data is stored in the systems as well as your practice workflow. If you are on an older version of the software, the implementation of the compliant versions will be more complex and time-consuming than previous upgrades. In addition, testing of the new ANSI 5010 standards has already begun. By upgrading now, you can take advantage of the testing period and ensure that your claims are compliant in advance of the deadline. 

  How can Sunrise help? 

Visit our websites, at www.sunrize.com and www.ppemr.com , to find out more about our limited-time offers.

Medisoft v17 and Practice Partner are our ANSI 5010-compliant releases. Medisoft v17 is currently available Don’t wait to start preparing.

 

Call us today at 888.880.0384 
 
or visit our website at www.sunrize.com

 

At Sunrise, we are here to help your practice transition to ANSI 5010.
 Medisoft v17 and Practice Partner are our ANSI 5010-compliant releases. Medisoft v17 is currently available Don’t wait to start preparing.

 

 

Five ways HIT will reduce the cost of health care

HIT presents many opportunities to improve healthcare delivery in America, from changing the way healthcare is financed to enhancing efficiency. Jerry Buchanan, account director, healthcare technology and services at eMids Technologies, shares five ways that health IT can cut healthcare costs in the long-term.

1. Improved standards of care

Analyzing data collected by electronic health records provides the best treatment methods, leading to a healthier population. “Whether this data is combined with financial data to analyze cost effectiveness or not… is tangential to the overall goal of knowing the best way to handle treatment for each individual patient,” Buchanan noted.

2. Increased patient involvement and collaboration

America’s health expenditure is in a large part due to chronic health issues. Chronic diseases brought on by poor lifestyle choices are difficult to handle, but health IT “provides a clear avenue for enterprising organizations to develop innovative disease management solutions to address the issue,” according to Buchanan. Data retrieved from EHRs could also be useful in determining ways to stem costs associated with chronic illness.

3. Putting information at the forefront

The healthcare industry is constantly changing, and that results in an overwhelming amount of information to distill and absorb. Health IT offers a way to bring that information to the forefront.

4. Focus on outcomes

“The coming tidal wave of electronic clinical data provides an opportunity to replace our outdated, volume-based, fee-for-service business model with one focused on the quality of the product,” Buchanan said.

5. Transparency to the patient

Health IT should be used as a tool to include the patient in his or her own care. “Our current system of financing healthcare leaves patients completely insulated from the cost of their care,” said Buchanan. “Until we find a means for patients to educate themselves and question services, quality and price, the market forces that can naturally contain rising healthcare costs will never have an opportunity to work.”