The EHR switching process October 2, 2017
Transitioning from one electronic health record (EHR) system to another can be intimidating. Independent physicians considering a switch may be fearful of the cost and the potential disruption to their practice. However, the EHR switching process can be made smoother and less time consuming.
Why would an independent physician need to switch EHRs? The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology (IT) has identified several factors that might lead to that decision. The current EHR contract may have ended, for example. The practice may also consider switching when the current EHR system does not:
- Enable the independent physician to comply with new regulations, quality reporting initiatives, or payment models
- Provide an adequate level of support services
- Provide updates and security features that impact the practice and its patients.
Elation works with independent physicians to provide a smooth transition from another EHR system to ours. We can import all of the data from the old EHR, no matter the brand, with exceptional results. Unlike most vendors, we can integrate full patient charts, including old notes, into the practice’s new Elation experience. We have experience with many vendors and can work with whatever system the independent physician may have.
Data migration is a critical factor in the EHR switching process. At Elation, we provide implementation guidance and follow-up support to ensure the practice’s patient data is migrated smoothly and efficiently. Our system enables the independent physician to import patient demographics, download clinical data, and reconcile medications into a concise, organized list.
We work with the independent physician to make sure that all of the information is uploaded correctly and that the practice is never without patient records. Our migration services are HIPAA-compliant, ensuring the security and integrity of the practice’s data remain intact.
The EHR switching process does not have to be intimidating or time-consuming. At Elation, we understand the need for an efficient transition, to help the independent physician continue to provide quality healthcare services throughout the process.