Electronic Medical Record (EMR) data conversion, as part of a transition to a new system, is not one to be taken lightly. There are a lot of factors to consider, such as cost, functionality, training and support needs, and provider buy-in.
Nonetheless, the benefits outweigh the costs. EMR data conversion can improve patient safety, provider efficiency and productivity, and the quality of care. But how do you make sure the transition is successful? Here are some tips:
1. Define your goals.
You need to take a step back and define your goals. What are you hoping to achieve by switching to a new system? What pain points are you trying to address? By clearly defining your goals, you can make sure that you select a system that will help you meet those objectives.
Common goals for organizations transitioning to a new EMR system include:
- Improving patient care
- Increasing provider satisfaction
- Reducing costs
- Improving interoperability
2. Do your research.
After you know what you’re looking for in a new EMR system, it’s time to start doing some research. You’ll want to look at a variety of different options to find the system that’s the best fit for your organization. Make sure to read reviews, compare pricing, and look at screenshots or demos of the systems you’re considering.
You also need to be well-versed in the different types of EMR systems on the market. There are three main types of EMR systems:
- Cloud-based: Cloud-based EMR systems are hosted off-site, typically by the vendor. They can be accessed via the internet, and all data is stored in the cloud.
- On-premises: On-premises EMR systems are installed and managed on your own servers. They require a larger up-front investment, but you have more control over the system.
- Hybrid: Hybrid EMR systems are a combination of cloud-based and on-premises systems. They give you the best of both worlds, with the flexibility of the cloud and the control of an on-premises system.
3. Get input from all stakeholders.
When you’re making a decision as important as switching EMR systems, it’s crucial to get input from all stakeholders. This includes physicians, nurses, office staff, IT staff, and administrators. You’ll want to know what features are most important to them and get their feedback on the different systems you’re considering.
4. Make a plan.
Once you’ve selected the new EMR system you want to implement, it’s time to start making a plan. This includes mapping out the timeline for the transition, deciding who will be responsible for different tasks, and creating training materials and documentation. It’s also important to have a clear communication plan in place so that everyone knows what’s going on and when.
For data conversion, in particular, you’ll need to decide which data you want to convert and how you want to go about doing it. There are a few different options for data conversion, such as manual entry, data export/import, or database replication. You also need to think about back-ups and data security.
5. Work with a vendor that specializes in EMR data conversion.
It takes years of experience and expertise to successfully convert data from one system to another. Working with a vendor that specializes in data conversion will help ensure a smooth transition and minimize disruptions. Your vendor will need to have a deep understanding of both systems in order to map data correctly and avoid any data loss.
6. Test, test, test.
Before you go live with your new EMR system, you need to make sure it’s been thoroughly tested. This includes testing the system itself as well as any interfaces or integrations you have in place. You’ll want to test everything in a non-production environment so that you can identify and fix any issues before going live.
Your data conversion vendor should provide you with a test environment that includes all of your data so that you can test the system and make sure everything is working as it should.
7. Go live.
After you’ve tested the new system and everything is working well, it’s time to go live. This is when you’ll start using the new EMR system in your production environment. Make sure to closely monitor the system during this time and address any issues that come up.
You should also have a plan in place for post-go-live support. This includes ongoing training and support for users, as well as technical support for the system.
8. Evaluate and adjust.
Once you’ve been using the new EMR system for a while, it’s time to evaluate how it’s going. This includes collecting feedback from users, measuring key performance indicators, and looking at financial data. Based on your evaluation, you can decide if the transition was a success and if the new system is meeting your needs. Your data should be regularly reviewed to ensure accuracy and completeness.
Your EMR Data Conversion and System Transition Partner
MediQuant’s services are the perfect solution for healthcare organizations looking to transition to a new EMR system. We can handle all aspects of the data conversion process, including full discrete and non-discrete conversions, document conversions, and scanned image conversions. We also provide data in all standard healthcare formats, including HL7, FHIR, APIs, and delimited files (CSV).
Contact us today to learn more about our data conversion services and how we can help you make a successful transition to a new EMR system.