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How will electronic health records affect my workflow? Do I need to consider workflow redesign?

How will electronic health records affect my workflow? Do I need to consider workflow redesign?

The Basics

Adopting an electronic health record (EHR) will change your organization's workflows. Workflow redesign is a process your organization should complete before EHR implementation. EHRs may affect how your organization:

  • Manages messages
  • Schedules patients
  • Checks patients in
  • Rooms patients
  • Conducts exams
  • Renews medications
  • Checks patients out

Look at all aspects of your organization from an electronic point-of-view. Efficiently managed workflow redesign can help maximize efficiencies, enhance healthcare quality and safety, remove chaos from your current workflow, and improve care coordination. You can use Workflow Redesign Templates to help your organization while planning for EHR implementation.

Your Local Regional Extension Center Can Help

Your local Regional Extension Center (REC) can help you redesign workflows and plan for EHR implementation. 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 support.

For More Information

For more information about workflow redesign and how workflow redesign can improve healthcare quality during EHR implementation, see the following resources

References

  1. MassPro. “A Systems Approach to Operational Redesign ."