EHR Implementation Success Factors for Small Practices

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has published two useful documents to support practices of 1-5 physicians and 6-10 physicians in the implementation of EHRs.

Success factors are divided into 10 categories:

  1. Communication
  2. Leadership
  3. Education
  4. Goal Setting
  5. Culture Change
  6. Workflow Redesign
  7. Training & System Testing
  8. Implement with Enthusiasm!
  9. Assessment
  10. Celebration

Information is explained in a useful and easily understandable manner.

EHR Implementation Success Factors for Practices with 1-5 Physicians (10/14/2010)

EHR Implementation Success Factors for Practices with 6-10 Physicians (10/13/2010)

Click here to visit the HIMSS HIT Resources & Tools page


One response to "EHR Implementation Success Factors for Small Practices"
  • February 28, 2012

    I feel strongly as a worker in the healthcare system that there are grave concerns about the use of EMRs, but I am realistic enough to know that they are already part of our world and will only grow to be a bigger part in coming years. I feel that the number one concern for all EMR software lies in protecting the consumers, both clients and medical personnel. Thus, I am concerned that there is not more involvement of those in the healthcare community, as this is not merely a software issue, but also a healthcare issue. I would like to see more activity by physicians and nurse in determining what is necessary to make the systems usable and to ensure that all of the potential benefits of EMRs are realized. I believe that cannot happen without more healthcare personnel input. I worry that the government will not handle this situation better than is has handled so many others and that as consumers, we will suffer the consequences. However, I can see no way around government involvement in our society, because our corporations, small businesses, etc. are not renowned for their willingness to work together and I do not see this changing in the near future, at least not as long as making a buck is the ultimate goal of developers and healthcare agencies. It will be interesting to see what develops if healthcare reform ever comes to pass, but for now, the government is, unfortunately, our only option.

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