The Challenges Faced by Healthcare in Implementing EHR

The Challenges Faced by Healthcare in Implementing EHR

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Thursday, June 24, 2021

Implementing an electronic health records system may present several obstacles. Knowing about the problems ahead of time will assist providers in avoiding them and make the transfer process smooth.

FREMONT, CA: In a clinical establishment, the days of employing large file folders to store, manage, and retrieve patient information are long gone. The most prominent development in the healthcare business is the general transfer from a document-based storage system to an electronic health record (EHR). The healthcare team has real-time access to the patient's entire medical history, including diagnosis information, treatment plans and aftercare, medication allergies, lab test results, and so on. EHR has become an unavoidable tool for hospitals and private health practitioners worldwide due to the multiple benefits it provides.

Implementation cost

The majority of the planned capital budget investment will be consumed by selecting, installing, and optimizing EHR. The installation procedure is generally divided into five stages: hardware setup, software charges, implementation support, staff training, ongoing network fees, and maintenance. Unexpected costs may arise during the implementation process.

Resistance from staffs 

Not everyone on the medical staff would be open to the concept of implementing technology in the facility. They may be hesitant to abandon the documentation process. In certain circumstances, employees are unaware of modern technological breakthroughs and their exclusive benefits. It causes EHR implementation to be delayed.

The time-consuming process to train

Before adopting the EHR system, the personnel must be thoroughly trained on the new process. The physicians and medical team must devote additional time and effort to comprehending the new system. It is a time-consuming and inconvenient process for both personnel and management. Furthermore, the personnel may view it as an unnecessary effort at times.

Data security

Another significant EHR adoption problem is the patient community's and providers' worry about data privacy. In a security breach, the business may face legal trouble and be forced to pay millions of dollars to settle the dispute. As a result, ensuring the data security of the EHR becomes a primary obligation of the provider.

Technical resources are limited

It is one of the EHR implementation issues that small clinical institutions and private health practitioners frequently confront. They may lack the necessary hardware to outfit the EHR solution. Building an in-house technical team and purchasing hardware is a significant investment and a common reason for small and mid-sized healthcare providers delaying EHR deployment.

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