In today's long-term care industry, providers are diligently working to implement electronic medical record (EMR) solutions. While the cornerstone of an EMR implementation is the software that drives functionality and business processes, researching and finding an EMR package to fit an organization's requirements is just one of the areas to consider when rolling out EMR. It is also important to design and plan for some of the ancillary implications, such as staffing and technological requirements.
Although it is appropriate to involve staff from many operational areas in the implementation process, organizations are recognizing that employees have existing responsibilities and may find it hard to dedicate time to software implementation. Outsourcing some of the staff's routine responsibilities or the implementation tasks can help ensure that the project stays on track and is completed in an efficient manner. When building the project plan timeline for your EMR implementation, consider including the staff resources needed for each phase and include these costs in the roll out plan.
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