Remember the old riddle about how to eat an elephant? Answer: one bite at a time.
That’s also the best approach to selecting, implementing and optimizing electronic health records (EHR). The ISMA is dishing up the first few bites for you in an educational series offered through our new partner, Maxwell IT. But don’t waste time. Federal incentives for EHR adoption begin next year.
The ISMA’s new EHR Best Practice Series helps practices move toward an EHR by breaking the process into manageable steps. The sessions are offered in the evenings and on Saturday, beginning March 23 with the Basic Course in Fishers. Subsequent locations include Merrillville, Bloomington and Muncie. The advanced course starts in May at the same locations. See page 5 for details.
“Using the Maxwell IT EHR Best Practices selection and implementation model helps a physician and/or practice administrator deal effectively with the process for addressing and analyzing both the financial and workflow implications of an EHR application,” said series presenter Debra Wiggs.
The basic course focuses on selection and implementation and includes lessons learned and best practices. As a participant, you’ll gain a real-life perspective of what it takes to implement an EHR and understand short- and long-term benefits.
You’ll learn how to build a five-year budget, calculating direct and indirect costs so your purchase comes with no surprises. You’ll also receive a planning kit to help your practice kick-start things when you return to the office.
The advanced course will help assure you successfully configure your EHR to make electronic charting faster than paper. Come prepared to work hard in this hands-on workshop. Class size will be limited to 35, and no vendors or exhibit tables will be allowed as attendees review vendor contracts and identify risk areas.
“Maxwell IT’s experience and background in the EHR Best Practices for implementation of an EHR provide the physician practice with a clear understanding of the scope, resources and tools required for successful EHR start-up,” commented Wiggs.
With help from the ISMA and Maxwell IT, you can be on your way to successful EHR use. Participation is limited; register now on the ISMA Web site.