Health Information Management

Busted: 10 EHR myths and misconceptions: Minimize the bumps in your road to an electronic record

HIM-HIPAA Insider, November 30, 2010

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An EHR will make all of your problems—well, except for the move to ICD-10—go away, won’t it? Maybe not right away, but eventually?

Not exactly. Of course, the EHR can do many things—for example, it can help improve patient care, accelerate billing and payment, make internal and external information sharing more timely and efficient, increase compliance with regulatory requirements, and ease tracking and reporting of quality indicators. But expecting too much too soon may lead to unnecessary frustration and disappointment. 
 
According to Ann Meehan, RHIA, associate vice president of HIM, and Julia Kendrick, RHIA, director of project management and HIM operations, of Nashville-based Ardent Health Services, providers should address 10 myths early to avoid implementation pitfalls and unrealistic expectations.
 
Note: To read more, visit the HCPro website. Subscribers to Medical Records Briefing have access to this article in the December issue of their newsletters.



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