IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORD: THE TEAM APPROACH
Author: Elizabeth Souther, PhD
Masters thesis, The University of Texas Health Science Center School of Allied Health Sciences at Houston
Pressures to cut costs, streamline operations, meet higher regulatory and accreditation requirements impact the provider-patient relationship. Providers have been asked to alter practices while facing increasing threats of litigation and denial of reimbursement. These forces make it imperative that the provider work harder and smarter. The single most effective method to work more effectively and efficiently is the EMR. As each enterprise approaches implementing the electronic medical record (EMR) process issue surface that, if handled correctly can make the EMR implementation less chaotic and ensure satisfied end-users.
There are a number of key functions that must occur for the implementation process to be effective. The team approach is the one common methodology that surfaces in the literature on EMR implementations. Various enterprises can have from 1 to many teams that attempt the implementation, but the global vision of the key players dominates the entire process and is the supportive framework for other teams to follow.