How will electronic health records affect my workflow? Do I need to consider workflow redesign?
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
- Workflow Redesign Templates
- What does electronic health record (EHR) workflow redesign mean and why is it important?
- What important electronic health record (EHR) workflow redesign areas should the implementation team focus on?
- MassPro. “A Systems Approach to Operational Redesign ."