Advantages of transitioning to Electronic Health Records (EHR) and how to succeed

December 18, 2023

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Digital and Cultural Transformation
Reinventing Human Ressources

The healthcare sector bids farewell to paper medical records, embracing the digital era of Electronic Health Records (commonly known as EHR). This transition offers numerous opportunities for efficiency and improved quality of care, but it also presents a set of sometimes complex challenges.

At Bee’z Consulting, we have had a couple times the privilege of exploring strategies to facilitate this delicate transition.

7 advantages to transiting to EHR !

Transforming your paper records into electronic files provides numerous advantages for clinics and hospitals. 

  1. EHRs allow quick and easy access to electronic medical records from any location, promoting rapid decision-making crucial in emergency situations.
  2. The shift to EHR eliminates dependence on paper medical records, reducing search and processing times
  3. Automated features, such as appointment reminders, medical alerts, and electronic prescriptions, optimize processes, enabling healthcare facilities to offer more efficient services.
  4. EHRs contribute to minimizing medical errors by providing more accurate and comprehensive documentation. Integrated features, like automated checks for drug interactions, help prevent prescription errors, enhancing patient safety and the quality of care provided.
  5. While the initial investment in EHRs may be significant, it is often offset by long-term operational savings. The reduction in paper-related costs, such as storage space and record maintenance, is often substantial.
  6. EHRs facilitate compliance with standards and regulations in the healthcare sector. Electronic medical record-keeping simplifies audits and ensures more precise tracking of medical protocols, essential for meeting regulatory requirements.
  7. Patient portals integrated into EHRs allow patients to access their medical records, communicate with their healthcare team, and schedule appointments online. This patient engagement in their own health improves communication with healthcare professionals, who, in turn, benefit from time savings.

Primary challenges of EHR in change management

Inherent resistance to change within the healthcare system to adopt new technologies is a significant challenge. Ensuring that medical staff is not only trained but also actively involved in the benefits of EHRs is an essential imperative.

The integration of digital systems into healthcare infrastructures must be perfectly transparent to limit friction and resistance to change.

Successfully navigating the transition to EHRs

The success of a transition to EHRs largely depends on the engagement and active participation of medical personnel. Involving the staff from the outset minimizes resistance to change and ensures the effective adoption of the system.

💡 The 1st step is to provide comprehensive training on the benefits of EHRs.

But this goes beyond simple explanations of how to use the system !

It involves highlighting the concrete benefits that EHRs bring to healthcare professionals and how this transition can :

  • Improve the efficiency of care,
  • Reduce medical errors,
  • Facilitate collaboration among team members,
  • And offer better accessibility to medical information.

Involving medical staff in the decision-making process regarding the adoption of EHRs is made possible by creating steering committees where doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals actively participate in discussions about system choices, necessary features, and adjustments to meet specific needs.

This creates a sense of ownership and responsibility among the staff, increasing the likelihood of a successful transition. 👊

Implement continuous support during the transition phase, including :

  • Additional training sessions,
  • Dedicated technical support,
  • Creating an organizational culture that encourages continuous learning and collaborative problem-solving,

Preserving data security during the migration to EHRs

At Bee’z Consulting, preserving the security of sensitive medical data during the transition to Electronic Health Records (EHR) is a top priority. 😊 Our rigorous approach is based on several measures aimed at ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of sensitive medical information.

We have developed comprehensive security protocols detailing specific measures implemented to protect your medical data. These protocols include :

  • Secure access to systems,
  • Credential management,
  • Authorizations to ensure that only authorized users have access to medical information.

All sensitive medical data must be systematically encrypted so that it can only be interpreted by authorized parties. This provides an additional layer of security, even in the event of unauthorized access.

Another critical element is the implementation of advanced backup strategies to prevent data loss. 

Regular backups ensure that medical information is continuously recorded in secure locations, allowing for quick recovery in critical situations, whether due to hardware failures, malicious attacks, or any other incident.

A proactive risk management approach includes constant monitoring of emerging threats. We recommend using advanced detection tools to identify any suspicious activity or potential vulnerabilities in our systems. This enables swift actions to mitigate risks before they escalate into major issues.

We also provide continuous staff training on best practices in data security.

To receive your complimentary copy of our free PDF Guide "How to change & transform your organization to succeed in a turbulent times (keeping your people on board)" for healthcare / pharmaceutical & medical devices organizations, simply click on this link.

In summary 🔍

1. The preparation and communication phase

  • Establishing transparent communication about the goals, benefits, and timeline of the transition is crucial. 
  • Addressing concerns and fostering buy-in among stakeholders is best achieved through a clear and concise communication strategy.

2. Customized training programs

  • The diversity of roles within the healthcare sector requires a personalized approach. A one-size-fits-all approach is insufficient ! 
  • Designing personalized training programs ensures that each staff member fully understands the new digital environment, mitigating the learning curve associated with technological adoption.

3. The protection of sensitive medical data

  • Staying informed about technological advancements in the field of data security enables the adaptation of security protocols based on the latest developments and ensures staying at the forefront of best practices in safeguarding medical data.

“The transition to EHRs is not a one-time event but a continuous process.”

🧏‍♂️ Adopting a holistic approach to change management involves regular progress evaluations, collecting feedback, and adjusting strategies as needed. Flexibility is essential to ensure that the transition remains aligned with the evolving needs of the healthcare environment.

To receive your complimentary copy of our free PDF Guide "How to change & transform your organization to succeed in a turbulent times (keeping your people on board)" for healthcare / pharmaceutical & medical devices organizations, simply click on this link.

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