In the context of one of my earlier blog postings about the EMR needs assessment (https://www.waident.com/blog/viewpost/460) I wanted to take a moment to reiterate the need for a process both in EMR selection and in ongoing use. Rather than thinking about how to convert a paper process into an electronic one, think about process improvements instead. Setting goals for how the EMR system can provide more timely information, including alerts for the physician and other staff, will be a meaningful step towards recognizing value with your EMR system. The key being not to overlook anyone in your process, as everyone has some impact on the medical practice workflow.
Here is an interesting article that provides some insight on how physicians are using EMR’s in the context of meaningful use: