Electronic Health Record Implementation: Preparation is Key

Whether you're just starting to think about adopting an electronic health record (EHR) system or are ready to make the transition from paper records to EHRs, preparation is critical. Before implementing an EHR, your practice/hospital health center should complete the following activities.

Electronic Health Record Preparation Steps

Your practice/hospital/health center should complete the following activities before you implement an EHR system.

EHR Preparation Step

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Connect with Your Local Regional Extension Center

Assess Your Practice Readiness

Redesign Your Workflow

Plan Your Approach

Select or Upgrade to a Certified EHR

Contract with a Vendor

Conduct EHR Implementation Training

Prepare for EHR Go-Live

For More Information

For more information about preparing for EHR implementation, see How to Implement EHRs.

Your Local Regional Extension Center Can Help

Your local Regional Extension Center (REC) can help you plan for and manage the EHR implementation process. RECs are located in every region of the country to help health care providers select, implement, and become adept and meaningful users of EHRs. Contact your local REC to find out if you are eligible for free or reduced-price local support.