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Electronic Health Records: Federal Policy or Street Level Implementation.

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This thesis concerns the adoption of health information technology in the medical sector, specifically electronic health records (EHRs). EHRs have been seen as a great benefit to the healthcare system and will improve the quality of patient care. The federal

This thesis concerns the adoption of health information technology in the medical sector, specifically electronic health records (EHRs). EHRs have been seen as a great benefit to the healthcare system and will improve the quality of patient care. The federal government, has seen the benefit EHRs can offer, has been advocating the use and adoption of EHR for nearly a decade now. They have created policies that guide medical providers on how to implement EHRs. However, this thesis concerns the attitudes medical providers in Phoenix have towards government implementation. By interviewing these individuals and cross-referencing their answers with the literature this thesis wants to discover the pitfalls of federal government policy toward EHR implementation and EHR implementation in general. What this thesis found was that there are pitfalls that the federal government has failed to address including loss of provider productivity, lack of interoperability, and workflow improvement. However, the providers do say there is still a place for government to be involved in the implementation of EHR.

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Enhancing Readiness to Support EHR Transition in an Outpatient Clinic

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Solo private physician-owned clinics report lower rates of electronic health record (EHR) use. Lack of use of an EHR results in billing penalties, revenue losses, and may affect quality of care. An EHR provides a concise recollection of a patient’s

Solo private physician-owned clinics report lower rates of electronic health record (EHR) use. Lack of use of an EHR results in billing penalties, revenue losses, and may affect quality of care. An EHR provides a concise recollection of a patient’s complete medical history, and any pertinent exam information clearly and succinctly. The aim of this pilot project was to support a small solo private physician-owned clinic transition from paper-based charting to an EHR. The pilot assessed through a validated survey EHR readiness and confidence of the employees at the beginning of the change process (pre-intervention) and at 16 weeks (post-intervention). During the 16-weeks, interventions in the form of transition assistance included vetting an EHR modality for the practice, virtual training via EHR modules, weekly check-ins with stakeholders, and organizational planning and scheduling with staff. EMR-based goal setting with EHR rollout deadlines was also provided. Results noted confidence decreased pertaining to EHR transitioning over the 16 weeks. Unforeseen barriers and challenges likely led to reduced confidence and provided information on future transition supports needed for the practice. The findings of this pilot are beneficial in gaining insight on how to enhance readiness in an outpatient clinic for EHR readiness. This information is utilized as a guide for small privately-owned outpatient clinics in their organizational transition from paper-charting to EHR. The results of this pilot project provide evidence-based data on the demands of system-wide organizational change.

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2021-04-22