Six Factors For Achieving Maximum ROI When Implementing An EHR

Screen shot 2012 10 26 at 9.55.28 AMWhether you decided to use an electronic healthcare record (EHR) to increase revenue, provide a higher level of care, or improve reporting requirements, return on investment (ROI) is often a large concern. Purchasing a quality EHR is a considerable investment; however there are ways to increase your ROI.

Below, are six factors for achieving maximum ROI when implementing an EHR:

  1. Complete a Work-flow Audit: Before, you implement your EHR it is a good idea to complete an audit of your practice. Observe staff members, while they are working, and interview them about the work they perform. To perform effective audits, look for wastefulness, such as lost files, duplications, and misfiled paperwork. All these cost your practice more money.

  2. Choose the right EHR solution:  When deciding which EHR system to purchase, consider what the system offers, and how you will implement it.  Quality EHR solutions will give your practice the tools to increase efficiencies with out recking havoc on your work-flow and productivity.

  3. Staff Involvement:  It is important that your staff learns to use the EHR system. I also recommended talking to them, about how it will make everyone’s job easier, while helping the practice as a whole, run more smoothly.

  4. Avoid falling back into old habits:  After, implementing an EHR system, it is important to learn to use the system, so that you master it. At first, falling back into old routines may seem the easiest way; however for ROI to be successful you must stick with your EHR. Soon you will be a pro with your EHR.

  5. Use your EHR to increase patient volumes: Contrary to common claims... not all EHR systems can actually increase your efficiencies. Do your homework and make sure that you select a system that has proven success within your speciality. One size fits-all is not something true to EHRs.

  6. Avoid EHR solutions that claim you don’t need training:  Some companies will claim that their EHR system is extremely simple to use, and doesn’t require any training.  You want your practice to be able to use your EHR proficiently, and in order to do this, everyone using the system will need to undergo some training. Select an EHR solutions company with a proven training method and references to prove it.

Implementing an EHR reduces malpractice worries, improves regulatory compliance, and can improve productivity if selected and managed properly. 

 

 

 

 

 

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