The health care industry is on the edge of finding out whether all their efforts toward adopting electronic health records (EHRs) and implementing meaningful use stage 1 criteria will be a success, according to the rules laid out through the EHR Incentive Program.
As that attestation process kicks off, hospitals that have been on the forefront of IT initiatives continue to share their best practices, challenges and triumphs in adopting technology.
Dee Cantrell, CIO of Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, explains the system’s EHR adoption efforts as a “great accomplishment” in addition to being an “exhausting process.” It’s a handy message for other providers at the early stages of EHR adoption.
Cantrell has led the development of Emory’s electronic medical record (EeMR) — as well as its enterprise-wide, extensible clinical data warehouse, and implementation of various systems in support of disease research and film-less imaging services. In this SearchHealthIT.com presentation, she reflects on the first few months of the meaningful use program and how the health system has integrated those requirements with its other IT initiatives.