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Tips for making your 2014 EHR, ICD-10 update go more smoothly
This article is part of the Pulse issue of March 2014
This is the third part in a series on the upcoming ICD-10 and meaningful use stage 2 changeovers. The first part covers how some providers are feeling squeezed by the closing regulation windows, and part two goes in-depth to show what systems providers are updating in advance of the new rules. Here, four health IT systems practitioners offer quick tips for ensuring full organizational compliance with the ICD-10 update and stage 2. Kent Hoyos, CIO and vice president of information technology at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center in California: Don't be first in the EHR upgrade pool if you don't have to be. Then, network with IT leaders, other facilities that are the early adopters -- running the same software, if possible -- to prepare for problems you may end up dealing with. Gene Koncki, director of applications, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare in Glendale, Wis.: While your big software vendors probably have their ICD-10 updates complete or almost complete, stay in touch with the smaller ones if you have any worries about ...
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Some chief information officers are replacing their EHRs. Add that to coming regulations and the next few years will be full of health IT compliance.