As 2019 comes to a close, we have compiled our top 5 most popular blog posts of 2019, in one place. We hope that you enjoyed our posts from 2019, and we look forward to sharing more content with you in 2020. Thank you for reading the 314e Healthcare IT Blog!
Our top-ranked blog post of 2019 focus on some best practices for deliver excellent Epic training. There are many ways that a health system can choose to implement an EHR such as Epic. Some take the slow and steady approach, while others need fast and furious. Regardless of the pace or size of the implementation team, a critical aspect of EHR implementation is training. Skimping on the right resources and materials for delivering Epic training can make all the difference between a great Go-Live and one that fails to launch. This post highlights a few ways that hospitals and large healthcare organizations can encourage Epic adoption by providing efficient, effective training to their end-users.
There are many “out of the box” tools available for EHR training materials, usually from the EHR vendors themselves, but when it comes to encouraging adoption for Epic implementation (or any other EHR), it’s a wise move to up the ante and develop custom training materials. The idea isn’t to recycle existing content; on the contrary, offering fresh ways to reach end users so they pay attention, retain training concepts, and take well to the technology are goals that every member for the EHR implementation team should pursue and support. This post looks specifically at a few approaches that will benefit trainers and trainees alike.
To successfully implement Epic into hospitals and health systems, there are thousands of hours of work involved. Given the scale and level of commitment required to make Epic go-live successful and EHR adoption a reality, missing a step could result in the entire timeline and project plan sliding completely off track. Take it from us: one of the most critical steps in this process is communication. In particular, communicating VALUE and EXPECTATION to Epic end users is the difference between a solution that truly drives ROI and improves clinical outcomes, versus one that is DOA. Checkout this post to learn more about the importance of communicating value for successful Epic implementations.
Project Managers are often saddled with much of the responsibility when it comes to the success or struggles of healthcare IT implementation. While it can be a tough burden to bear, it’s nevertheless fair given the important role that PMs play in implementing software like Epic EHR for hospitals. As the resource who sets the cadence, communication rhythms, timelines and overall team dynamic, Epic Project Managers are responsible for creating a clear runway for the rest of the implementation team (and often for the client, as a result). It’s no small task to implement Epic into large health systems, so this post looks into a few key ways that effective PM leaders can cultivate the type of project management that leads to smooth go-live and enthusiastic adoption.
It is no small effort for healthcare systems to implement a Health Information Exchange (HIE). Whether the goal is electronically traversing a hospital or health system, or connecting the community to improve coordination of care, the task of integrating and leveraging disparate health records is daunting…and yet it’s critical to effectively manage patient populations throughout the course of care. So how can a healthcare organization ensure that their efforts are not in vain and that their investment truly pays off? This post covers three tips for effectively implementing an HIE that actually gains traction, provides value and delivers on anticipated ROIs.