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July 18, 2012
Adopting electronic health information systems is never easy for a company when deciding the right time to do so. Companies are realizing now more than ever that electronic health records are imperative when creating strong relationships between patients and healthcare providers. In the history of storing information, healthcare facilities stored only paper files and in only one location. As technology becomes a larger part of the healthcare industry, many providers have made the transition.
Selecting and acquiring an information system for any health care organization starts with why the organization is considering it in the first place and where to start. Organizations should consider opportunities, problems and needs by analyzing and planning. Health care facilities that consider implementing electronic health systems need to examine the current systems and problems in other organization such as their competition and focus on improvements. The process of an information system must be managed effectively. Organization Chief Informational Officers (CIO) must appoint a project manager and create a team to implement and organize every aspect of the project. Team members should consist of stakeholders of the organization, physicians, IT specialist, other healthcare personnel such as nurses and managers. The next step is the designing phase. The designing phase considers all options and evaluates solutions to address problems, cost and benefits. Project managers should lead team member in making decisions, research and system comparisons. Team members as well as project managers should stay focused on achieving a common goal, being under budget and under time all while being successful in the implementation of the new system.
According to Victor S. Dorodny (1998) “it is an integral part of any information system to incorporate and integrate transactional (financial/administrative)...
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