Tools for Each Stage of Adoption
EHR Investigation - Am I Ready?
What Is the Electronic Health Record?
Read a chapter from Electronic Health Records, 2nd Edition written by Jerome H. Carter, MD, FACP, FHIMSS.
The Value of Electronic Health Records
This EHRA document highlights 28 diverse provider sites and how their EHR has improved patient safety and quality improvement, operational efficiencies and cost savings, and throughput and patient/staff satisfaction.
The following case studies record the experiences of real practices that implemented an EHR. You may benefit initially from quickly reading through these reports to gain a better understanding of the challenges and benefits of an EHR.
- North Fulton Family Medicine (Cumming, GA)
- Greenhouse Internists (Philadelphia, PA)
- Evans Medical Group (Augusta, GA)
- Murray Hill Medical Group (New York, NY)
Assessing Your Practice Performance:
ACP Coding Scenario Tool
Some EHRs provide coding assistance. If your practice is currently undercoding, an EHR could help in properly coding and documenting, thereby increasing practice revenue. This tool compares your coding pattern against the Medicare national average and provides a hypothetical estimate of the dollar difference between your current coding and coding adjusted to the national average.
ACP Transcription Cost/Savings Calculator
If your practice currently uses a transcription service, this tool will provide you a projection of potential savings from avoiding transcription through the use of an EHR.
Selection and Purchase
This free web-based resource for EHR system selection/implementation was developed by the American College of Physicians and Cientis Technologies.
Starting the Electronic Health Record Selection Process
Written by Jerome H. Carter, MD, FACP, FHIMSS from his book: Electronic Health Records, 2nd Edition.
Certified Electronic Health Records
The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) reviews and assesses EHR products for their functionality, security, and interoperability. A list of the CCHIT criteria is available on this site – as well lists of products that have passed CCHIT evaluation criteria.
Implementation: Getting Your EHR Up & Running
Advance Planning & Workflow Analysis
This is a brief document outlining workflow considerations prior to implementation of the EHR.
ACP Internist Articles:
Appendix A from Electronic Health Records by Jerome H. Carter, MD, FACP, FHIMSS: This is a well-organized glossary of common terms used when discussing health information technology.
Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ): National Resource Center for Health Information Technology
This site has a vast knowledge library, tools, and resources for your reference.
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