• Feb 14

    Versio Staff

    Versio Consultant Webinar Well Received

    by  Versio Staff

    The webinar was designed to bring together a group of consultants to talk about their experiences with various EHR implementations, why their clients should move their legacy patient data, and what happens when they don’t.

    As more health systems are merging and acquisitions continue, more and more groups are finding themselves needing assistance with EHR implementations. The Affordable Care Act added to this by providing monetary reward for organizations moving to EHRs. Generally, 1% to 3% of their operating budget is spent on EHR implementation alone. This is outside of what they have already spent on the electronic health record system itself.

    The real question is, “How can we help our clients make this transition to a new system as painless as possible and meet all stakeholder expectations at the same time?” This is not an easy undertaking for any organization or a simple question to answer. Budgeting time and resources appropriately seems key to any type of project of this magnitude.

    The question was raised, “Why is moving data always an afterthought and usually not in the budget?” The consultants agreed that the money is often spent on new hardware, implementation specialists, and training, and that the challenges associated with moving data are just too hard. A lot of times, the EHR vendor recommends that you don’t move your data. Why you might ask? The typical migration challenges that the healthcare system is faced with seem daunting.

    Do these migration challenges sound familiar?

    • The content requires near-perfect accuracy
    • Multiple sources, data types and inconsistent data
    • Client has insufficient or inexperienced staff moving medical data
    • Keeping records up to date during the migration process
    • Making data fully usable is the target system
    • Meeting go-live schedules critical for successful implementation
    • Most options on the market don’t solve the whole problem

    All agreed that in order for an EHR implementation to be well received by the clinicians there are some critical data sets that should definitely be migrated into the new EHR system. This data is needed for the healthcare providers to able to function in the new system, make accurate clinical decisions, and meet patient safety expectations. These data sets commonly include current medications, allergies, immunizations and the problem list. Information can always be added to the record later through manual data input, scanning, or data warehousing.

    At Versio, we recommend moving these 4 critical data sets prior to “go live” of the target system and with our unique data translation platform we can solve most, if not all, the usual migration challenges and improve physician adoption rates of the new EHR. At Versio our motto is, “no data left behind.”

    About Versio’s services: Medical data are full of inconsistencies that make it hard for conventional technology to convert it accurately. The Versio program utilizes a suite of proprietary technologies and processes, combined with detailed human review in the form of knowledgeable and experienced medical data translation specialists. This hybrid approach forms an extra layer of quality control, providing clients with results that are unmatched in the industry.

    In addition to information regarding the company’s service lines, www.MyVersio.com will provide links to news articles and healthcare industry blogs. Interactive links will allow you to contact the company for more information or to request a demonstration of Versio’s industry-leading solutions.

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