Implementing an Electronic Medical Record System

Electronic medical records

Whether you are implementing an EMR for the first time or changing EMRs, preparation will help ensure a successful transition. 

  • 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.  
  • Ensure you understand exactly what is in your agreement with the EMR vendor.
  • 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 below provides detailed resource material to help guide you through the process. 

Transitioning to a new EMR 

  • An overview of the process, quick tips and suggestions on getting started 

Selecting an EMR

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

Working with your EMR vendor

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

Privacy and security management

  • Assessing privacy and security
  • Privacy training for physicians, privacy officers

Data management

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

Learning opportunities

  • 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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