Implementing electronic medical record systems often requires changes to a healthcare provider's management culture, according to a recent survey of hospitals that are far along in their EMR efforts.
Other best practices cited in the report include effective communication, hands-on IT training and flexibility in financing costs associated with digitizing medical records. The report is based on a survey of 28 hospitals that are members of the Premier Healthcare Alliance, a network of 2,300 nonprofit U.S. hospitals and 63,000 other healthcare sites.
A summary of the survey's results, authored by Susan D. DeVore, Premier's president and CEO, and Keith Figlioli, the organization's senior VP of healthcare informatics, was published in the April issue of Health Affairs.
The 28 hospitals that participated in the survey are all have contributed to the Premier Healthcare Alliance's EHR best practices library, a recently established database that documents healthcare providers' experiences in implementing EHR. Drawing from the survey's results the authors concluded that there are several lessons to be learned, including:
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