EHR Implementation And Patient Flow: Case Study

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HCM 500 Case study 1: EMR implementation and patient flow [Student XX] Southern New Hampshire University The proposed case study is based on the report and supporting statistical evidence of impacts observed in the case of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Emergency Department (CCHMC ED) in regards to patient flow metrics prior to/ during and after enterprise-wide EHR implementation initiative. The measures used to ascertain and assess the nature and degree of identified trends were analogous to the nationally instituted quality measures specific to ED settings: “timeliness, safety and efficiency standards, most directly reported as overall length of stay (LOS), door to doctor times and left without being seen” (Kennebeck…show more content…
This, inadvertently, causes delays and disruptions in patient-centric care, compromising continuity of care and patient population’s safety. According to ONC (2013) many providers cite that the significant challenges of EHR implementation and transition periods include workflow changes and personnel training, which detract from the time that would otherwise be spent on tending to…show more content…
Moreover, any amount of patients leaving without receiving care poses potential risks to the patients themselves, those they come in contact with and the community (including increased in-flow of patients to other area healthcare facilities). Thus, the emphasis should fall on making every effort to prevent the rise in rates of (1) longer LOS door to doctor, (2) leaving without being seen, and (3) decline in physicians’ productivity metrics. In so doing healthcare providers ensure timely quality patient care and safety, LOS metrics are maintained or reduced and continuity of care is never compromised nor disrupted. References Kennebeck, S. S., Timm, N., Farrell, M. K., & Spooner, S. A. (2012). Impact of electronic health record implementation on patient flow metrics in a pediatric emergency department. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA, 19(3), 443–447. doi:10.1136/amiajnl-2011-000462 The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (2013). Progress and Challenges with the Implementation and Use of Electronic Health Records among Critical Access Hospitals. Retrieved from: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (n.d.). About pandemics: Characteristics

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