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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Emily Wilson, 202-508-9492Washington—LeadingAge’s Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) today released 13 case studies on electronic health record (EHR) evaluation and implementation.
These case studies join a series of free CAST tools to aid selection of EHR products, which also includes:
“Electronic Health Record (EHR) Implementation, Use, and Impacts: Provider Case Studies” features detailed descriptions of a provider’s evaluation and implementation, lessons learned and advice offered.
Designed to help long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) providers with the process of planning for EHRs, the case studies demonstrate that providers must understand functionalities available for various LTPAC settings and select an appropriate EHR that fit the provider’s business lines and functional requirements."The process of selecting and implementing an electronic health record is daunting for many," said Majd Alwan, Ph.D., LeadingAge senior vice president for technology and executive director of CAST. "These case studies show providers the benefits of a successful selection and implementation of an EHR."
"Our hope," Alwan added, "is that these case studies will help providers learn from their peers’ experiences. In combination with our whitepaper, matrix and online selection tool, providers now have a comprehensive portfolio to help them select and implement an EHR system.”
For example, prior to implementing an EHR, Kendal Corporation’s affiliates were “paper-based.” In 2007, leadership set a strategic goal of transitioning to a paperless system in two years.
Requirements were identified by team members and, after a thorough review of vendors, an EHR product was selected and an implementation plan developed. Now, as a result of implementing an EHR, every detail associated with resident care is instantly available without searching for binders or files.
In addition, Kendal Corporation staff members, especially aides, feel empowered by technology, and certain processes, like month-end review of orders, have been completely eliminated. Nearly every affiliate has had improved state review results, and several facilities have had deficiency-free reviews. "Part of our mission to expand the world of possibilities for aging includes facilitating the sharing of best practices so that members can learn from one another," said Larry Minnix, president and CEO of LeadingAge. "These case studies provide a more personal face to CAST’s other tools, which connect providers and technology companies to expedite the implementation of technologies that improve the aging experience."
The featured providers are: