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January 2015

Taking the pain out of EHR data migration process

SAN DIEGO -- Discontent with first-generation EHRs, mergers and acquisitions among healthcare providers, and compliance with evolving government regulations finds many physician practices and hospitals planning to replace legacy software with updated systems. But what about moving the patient data in those legacy applications into the new data systems? This sometimes difficult transition can be fraught with EHR data migration traps that can breed inaccuracies and possibly lead to medical errors. Yet data migration is on the immediate agenda of 30% to 50% of physician practices, according to Sean West, vice president and general manager for conversion services at Alpharetta, Ga.'s HealthPort, necessitating strategies to make them go as efficiently and as error-free as technically possible. IT managers play a role in making that happen. Planned migrations critical Careful planning is essential, West told health information management professionals at the 2014 convention of the American Health Information Management Association (...

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