EMR/EHR Selection/Implementation Handbook
from C.H.I.P.S.

Keys to EMR Success
Selecting and Implementing an Electronic Medical Record
Second edition
by Ronald B. Sterling

In Keys to EMR Success second edition, nationally recognized expert Ron Sterling has included up-to-date information on this daily-changing topic of Health IT. A new chapter on EHR and Malpractice Risk has been added as well as detailed coverage of conversion issues for practices that have an old EMR. New additions also on ARRA and Meaningful Use, helped many medical practices evaluate whether an EHR investment makes sense.

The book starts with an overview of preparing the practice for technology, from there, Ron Sterling helps the reader define requirements, choose the right system, get physician and staff buy-in, and take the system "live" as smoothly as possible. Now, in Keys to EMR/EHR Success, 2nd Edition, Sterling translates his experience into a step-by-step process any medical practice can follow with ease, from first considering an EHR, all the way through post-implementation training and updates.


  1. Should I Invest in an EHR? Who should — and shouldn’t —make the leap
  2. Evaluating an EHR Investment How to compare the system’s cost to potential ROI in patient care, document management, compliance, and other key practice areas
  3. Your Practice Management System and an EHR Best practices for getting these systems to work together — and with your practice management team
  4. Compiling a Practice-Focused Evaluation List How to define requirements and anticipate features you’ll need in the future
  5. EHR and Malpractice Risk Covering patient service and operations risk issues faced by medical practices that have an EHR
  6. Selecting Products to Review Narrowing the field of 400 EMR products to find the best candidates for your practice
  7. Reviewing Products for Your Practice How to complete due diligence in two months, including what to look in demos
  8. Making a Final Decision Using a weighted score system … and asking the right questions about server support, hardware specs, and other potential hidden costs
  9. Negotiating a Contract How to avoid tricky situations with warranties, termination clauses, upfront fees, and more
  10. Implementing an EHR. From clinical standards and policies, to data conversion and training: who does what, when
  11. Activating an EHR How to keep personnel and logistics issues from sabotaging your success with the EMR system
  12. Supporting an EHR Maintaining standards (e.g., clinical charting), motivating proficiency, training new employees, and regularly refreshing staff EMR skills

BONUS!...an EHR glossary and an up-to-date list of CCHIT Certified vendors and products including company names, contact information and dates of certification.


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Keys to EMR Success
Selecting and Implementing an Electronic Medical Record
Second edition
by Ronald B. Sterling

2010 • 253 pages • $138.00 + shipping
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