A best practice for EHR implementation

One key to a successful EHR implementation is defining and documenting "workflows." Workflow refers to the intereaction of processes and tasks through which healthcare is delivered. So when implementing a new EHR system, consider the following:

Build a multidisplinary team - clinical proceses don't usually start and finish in the same department;

Document the process and receive sign-off from the staff doing the work;

Do not rely on the EHR vendor to do workflow analysis for your individual processes; and finally

Assign an owner to key processes to ensure they are mapped into the EHR configuration.

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