As practices move through the process of preparing to select an EHR for the first time, there are many high-level issues to think through. Below are a few useful resources for orienting yourself and your practice to this process.
Resources for Getting Started
The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), which serves as the federally designated Regional Extension Center (or REC) for New York State, offers a great deal of information for healthcare providers to inform themselves about the benefits of EHRs as well as the implementation process. Their Frequently Asked Questions page will help providers get up to speed on the primary benefits of installing an EHR.
The NYeC also offers on its site a compendium of presentations on the various stages of EHR selection and implementation. The first three installments of this series are particularly relevant to the preparation and selection processes.
NYC REACH, a collaboration between the NYC Health Department and the Fund for Public Health in New York, helps providers adopt and use EHRs and new models of patient-centered care to improve population health. As the federally designated Regional Extension Center for New York City, NYC REACH walks providers through all steps of EHR adoption from the vendor selection to tracking improvements in health outcomes.
The federal government, through Medicare and Medicaid, offers EHR Incentive Programs for eligible healthcare providers. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website offers details about how to get involved.
To learn more about the federal government’s initiatives to promote EHRs and other types of health information technology, visit the official website for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) provides a number of information technology tools and resources at its Health Information Technology Website.
For users of electronic health records and those planning on implementation, AHRQ has produced a Guide to Reducing Unintended Consequences of Electronic Health Records.