Implementing an Electronic Medical Record System

Electronic medical records

If you are considering implementing an electronic medical record (EMR) in your clinic, there are a number of things you can do to make the process easier. There are also a lot of responsibilities when it comes to protecting patient information.

Here are a few tips:

  • Take the time to plan and prepare for the change. Invest the time to clearly identify what you need your EMR to do and how this may affect the processes in your clinic. This will help you select the most suitable EMR. 
  • Ensure you understand exactly what is in your agreement with the EMR vendor you choose. 
  • Put the proper processes in place to manage privacy, security and your data; an EMR will change the way you manage patient information. 
  • Take advantage of resources available to help you with implementation and use of your new EMR.

The information in this package can guide you as you select, implement and use your new EMR:

Selecting an EMR >>

This section provides guidelines and tools for:

  • Reviewing your business processes
  • EMR demonstrations
  • Evaluation
  • EMR responsibilities
  • Change management

Working with your EMR vendor >>

This section will help you with:

  • What to address in your EMR contract
  • Service levels
  • Pre-go-live-checklist
  • Acceptance of your EMR form

Privacy and security management >>

Learn about:

  • Assessing privacy and security
  • Privacy training for physicians, privacy officers
  • Business continuity planning

Data management >>

Find tools for:

  • Data management
  • Data management contracts
  • Custodian assessment report templates - paper and EMR patient records
  • Hardware and information disposal

Learning opportunities >>

Find more information about:

  • EMR planning, selection and implementation
  • Linking learning to practice
  • Outcomes self-assessment
  • Computer skills
  • Glossary of terms

PDFs are available to download in each section.

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