Practice Alert: How to Choose an EHR
Michael L. Weinstein, MD, and his colleagues at the Metropolitan Gastroenterology Group recently completed a two-year, deliberate process to research, purchase and implement an electronic health record (EHR). The process sometimes made Dr. Weinstein feel like an IT professional who just dabbled in medicine. The move to an EHR can be a confusing, risky and expensive proposition for all practices, both large and small.
If you are facing this challenge in your practice, here are some resources for you:
Read about how to choose an EHR in the November issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology (login required).
Mark your calendar for a webinar on choosing an EHR on Wednesday, Nov. 28 from noon to 1 p.m. ET. Dr. Weinstein will present tips from the perspective of a large practice (50 MDs). Ronald P. Fogel, MD, AGAF, AGA Institute community private practice councillor and member of a two-physician practice in Michigan will discuss issues unique to small practices. Register Now
Seven Steps for Successfully Implementing an EHR
- Identify members of the EHR selection team — include representatives from all aspects of your practice, including clinical, administrative, Internet/technical services, medical records, coding and billing, as appropriate.
- Conduct a readiness assessment — a series of questions to define the practice's strengths and challenges, identifying individuals and areas that need remediation or growth, and predicting future problem areas.
- Prepare a list of required standard functionality for the EHR system.
- Develop a request for a proposal on the required functionality that can be sent to a list of EHR vendor options.
- Participate in an online overview and an on-site demonstration of the vendor finalists’ systems.
- Visit other GI practices for real-life observations and face-to-face discussions with colleagues who use the system in which you are most interested.
- Conduct vendor negotiations for contract terms and price.