$40 Billion by 2024.
That’s the estimated global market size of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) highlighted in a 2017 report by Coherent Market Insights. Increased digitization and cloud-based systems are propelling deployment of EMR programs across the global healthcare sector.
Here in the U.S., facilities already using EMR systems are now upgrading to improve delivery, function and speed. These conversions and upgrades are ultimately beneficial for long-term operations and patient care but can feel like a cog in the wheel for staff.
Develop a Roadmap
For any operational change, especially on a facility-wide scale, starting the planning process early will pay dividends. It is recommended to start between 3 and 6 months prior to a target “Go Live” date by assessing needs with the goal of as little disruption as possible.
Mind the Gap
It’s a common sign on London’s Tube and also something to keep in mind when orchestrating an EMR conversion. It’s important to be mindful of the inherent gaps that will occur while staff attend training and get up to speed on the new system.
Consider partnering with an experienced staffing company who can take a large part of that equation off your to do list while helping to ensure that patient care, productivity and the bottom line do not suffer in any way.
Supplemental Talent Pool
Expect learning curves and create a complementary course with trained temporary staff who are highly specialized in training and implementation for EMR conversions. Nurses have an in-depth understanding of patient relations and documentation. Therefore, they may be more effective at training with real-life examples than the software technicians for example, who may know every function but not how it gets the job done. These outsourced credentialed nurses can train the power users at a facility who can in turn train new employees and provide refresher training if needed.
Another option is to have support staff at the ready to fill in for the permanent staff while they are in training. If you are in a hospital setting, it’s important to keep in mind that most states require a minimum number of permanent staff alongside temporary workers.
Every EMR conversion has its nuances, and having a staffing partner who can forecast needs during the planning process helps set the backdrop for a successful launch. Contact PPR today if an EMR conversion is on your schedule, and we can design a custom plan to ensure minimal interruption to business as usual.