Implementing a new EMR is no small feat for any healthcare organization.
This significant investment – of both time and resources – has a lot of moving parts, each demanding attention. It’s no wonder that throughout all the planning, capability matching, installing and optimizing you may not stop to think about your legacy data.
However, while EMR vendors do port over a chunk of your legacy data, they don’t move it all. You’ll need a plan that continues to provide your clinicians and staff access to, and the ability to work with, the data that didn’t make it over to your new systems. For some, supporting and maintaining their legacy systems alongside their new systems presents a work-around. It’s an expensive one, though, that merely delays the inevitable.
Before implementing that new EMR, here are three things to do to address your legacy data needs and shut down those legacy systems.