New Book on EMR Implementation

January 28, 2005

“EHR Implementation: A Step by Step Guide for the Medical Practice”

In selecting an electronic medical record, a physician group can sit through several demonstrations, and then select and implement the system. But making an expensive IT decision may result in several false starts, resulting in purchasing hardware and software that may not be interoperable if the EMR is returned to the vendor. Physicians are looking to accountants, practice managers, and colleagues for answers to a technology problem.

Guidance will soon be available from Physicians EHR, LLC in its new book, EHR Implementation: A Step by Step Guide for the Medical Practice, published by the nation’s leading medical authority, American Medical Association, AMA Press.

During the research stage, lead co-author Carolyn Hartley, President, CEO of Physicians EHR, interviewed nearly 50 physician practices and about a dozen EHR vendors.

“If you are confused about how to successfully chose, purchase, and execute an EHR in your medical practice, you won’t be after you finish reading EHR Implementation, says Newt Gingrich, Founder, The Center for Health Transformation Author, Saving Lives & Saving Money, and Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1995-1999. “EHR Implementation: A Step-by-Step Guide for the Medical Practice is your took-kit for realizing the most significant contribution your medical generation can make to history— fundamentally altering the practice of medicine by adopting interoperable EHRs and maximizing their potential.”

“Practices that experienced the most success focused on implementation strategies, starting with an analysis of how an EHR impacts workflow processes,” explains Carolyn Hartley, President, CEO of Physicians EHR, who co-authored the book with Ed Jones, EVP, Fisacure.

EHR Implementation: A Step by Step Guide for the Medical Practice is designed to be a working document loaded with flow charts, graphs, checklists, a request for proposals, vendor checklists, and clear implementation steps to help you research, select, negotiate, and implement an electronic health record in your medical practice.

As a companion resource, Physicians EHR is simultaneously launching its Buyer’s Guide to EHR Implementation, a directory of sorts that includes purchase and negotiating tips, plus information on more than 200 vendors.

“Most doctors just want someone to tell them what to do,” Hartley says. “This book lays out an implementation plan in simple language.”

For more information about EHR Implementation: A Step by Step Guide for the Medical Practice, go to www.physiciansehr.com.

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