If you are thinking about adopting an EHR in your practice, there is one thing you cannot do enough of: plan. Here are some (free) resources to get you started.
The American Academy of Family Physicians Center for HIT (health care information technology) has a host of online tutorials and articles created with the office-based physician in mind. Topics include workflow redesign, EHR vendor selection, and implementation. Other AAFP articles of interest include:
The California Health Care Foundation publishes thoughtful articles and reports on a wide variety of health care IT issues and strategies. Highlights are:
MIEC’s (Medical Insurance Exchange of California) publication on important questions to ask EHR vendors
For more on the HITECH Act…
Dr. David Blumenthal’s article in the February 4, 2010 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) fact sheet on meaningful use
CMS HITECH FAQs (sign up for updates when answers change)
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology blog – HealthIT Buzz
CalHIPSO – California’s Regional Extension Center
KLAS publishes independent research on EHR and other HIT vendors. Practicing physicians can obtain selected reports at discounted rates.
Resources provided courtesy of Amy Berlin, MD