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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Abby N Agulnek, DO (Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This is an all-inclusive guide for how to implement an electronic health record (EHR) in physician practices from the ground up. With its binder format, the contents are easily sorted with labeled tabs enabling the reader to quickly find the relevant material. Also included is a CD-ROM which contains customizable sample documents related to security training and risk assessment plans.
Purpose: Electronic health records are gaining more acceptance in the medical community and physician practices. However, transitioning away from the paper medical record can be overwhelming for the entire practice. This book is a current, working resource for physicians and administrators and provides step-by-step technical and financial guidance for a successful move to a digital practice.
Audience: The book is written for any size physician practice that is ready to make the move to computerized medical records. It provides details and explanations of various situations making it suitable for all clinicians and their implementation team. The authors have extensive experience in all aspects of health IT including EHR functionality, software application, and security issues.
Features: Moving to an EHR can be daunting and takes more than purchasing software, turning on the computer and uploading it. The book supports the belief that the success of a technology investment is mostly dependent on the implementation process. This guide provides crucial information on topics such as how to choose the hardware and software, quality improvement measures, security concerns and how to increase the return on your investment. Its greatest strength is that it is easy to read and even a novice to the field can understand how to proceed. It pays close attention to the details involved and the binder format makes it a practical resource for all people involved in the implementation process.
Assessment: This guide is an invaluable resource for physician practices planning the move to electronic health records. Its attention to the technical and financial details and stepwise approach are easy to understand and will benefit all members of an implementation team.