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    Best Practices in EMR Implementation: A Systematic Analysis

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    Read the article "Best Practices in EMR Implementation: A Systematic Review" and answer the following questions:

    1.) In your opinion, which of the three phases of EMR implementation is the most important?
    2.) What role do you believe that the healthcare information manager plays in each phase of the EMR implementation? How are the skills of the healthcare manager best utilized in this type of project?
    3.) Why do we need to do strategic planning for medical records and healthcare information systems?
    4.) Why do you believe the role of the project manager is critical to the success of such a project?
    5.) How would you as a manager gauge the success or failure of this EMR implementation project?

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    The most important phase for EMR implementation or for any large Enterprise System project is the Pre-Implementation Phase. It is during this phase, that the groundwork for the other phases is laid. One of the most important aspects of this phase is requirements gathering and analysis. If the correct requirements are not collected during this phase, it becomes increasingly expensive to correct the issue as time goes on. It is during this phase, that everything from requirements gathering to selecting the vendor occurs. If this phase is not performed thoroughly, it will virtually guarantee failure in the later phases (http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/7-deadly-sins-emr-implementation).

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Health information managers are responsible for the maintenance and security of all patient records. Recent regulations enacted by the Federal Government require that all healthcare providers maintain electronic patient records and that these records be secure. As a result, health information managers must keep up with current computer and software technology, as well as with legislative requirements. In addition, as patient data become more frequently used for quality management and in medical research, health information managers must ensure that databases are complete, accurate, and available only to authorized personnel." http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos014.htm

    Therefore, in an EMR project, the Health Information Manager would be involved in all 3 phases of the EMR ...

    Solution Summary

    The best practices in EMR implementations are determined. A systematic analysis is examined.