Now and again, I get the chance to listen and read “HealthData Management” articles. This past week, I found an article that relates to the vastly expanding issues that are encountered as healthcare systems nationally begin to adopt electronic forms of documentation. Implementation and adoption are particularly relevant to clients engaged with Mediware. I want to share this valuable link with you.
Heather Haugen, director of health IT at the University of Colorado discussed the outcomes and challenges of true adoption versus implementation of software at the recent HIMSS conference. The University of Colorado engaged in a study on this topic and published an article specific to physician practices, but respectful and applicable to adoption success of electronic charting. She states there are three major influences in achieving adoption over implementing software systems.
1.) Engage leadership. It must be communicated from the top down, including physician leaders, if adoption can truly take hold.
2.) Efficiency is gained. Not just through training, but also understanding the workflows and metrics behind the documentation system.
3.) Sustainment lies in a direct commitment to support the system through the life of its application.
She states that in the published works there are tools to help guide implementation efforts based on the research completed at the University of Colorado. If you feel like you’re stuck somewhere between achieving true adoption and implementation, this link may help you devise a work plan toward success.