Laurie A. Huryk RN, BSN - New Jersey Primary Care Association

Laurie A. Huryk RN, BSN
VNACJ Community Health Center
Family Medicine Residency Program at CentraState
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 Determine the level of involvement end
users should have in an IT project.
 Determine an acceptable level of decreased
productivity throughout the development
and implementation process.
 Provide appropriate support for end users
post implementation.
 Modernize our nation’s infrastructure
 Enhance energy independence
 Expand educational opportunities
 Provide tax relief
 Preserve and improve affordable health
 Goal: Improve quality and value of
American health care
 Method: Expanded use of health
information technology (HIT)
*2008 only 4% physician offices and 2% hospitals
fully utilize Electronic Health Records (EHR)
 Plan: Accelerate the adoption of HIT
 Eligible Providers and Hospitals who
are Meaningful Users of certified HIT.
 Beginning with financial year 2011 and
ending with financial year 2015.
 Penalties of reduced payments will
begin in financial year 2015.
 Must use certified EHR technology in a
meaningful manner
 Must be able to electronically exchange
information from the certified EHR.
 Must submit clinical quality measures
to the Secretary of the US Department
of Health and Human Services.
 Systems that are fully functional but
inadequate for meeting meaningful use
 Systems that are not being used to their
full potential
 Upgrades and core functionality
modifications from the vendor
 Perceive problem with current process and
believe that an improved process exists.
 The individual or group must be willing to
learn the new process, and must feel safe in
the learning environment.
 New process must be congruent with
individual’s other tasks and responsibilities.
 User must be aware that an innovation
exists and persuaded that the idea is
 A conscious decision must be made to use
the innovation.
 The user must be provided with feedback to
verify that the new innovation is beneficial
in order to sustain change.
 Innovators
 Early Adopters
 Early Majority
 Late Majority
 Laggards
Retrieved from
Reduction in medical errors
Expert support for clinical decisions
Reduction in re-hospitalization
Ability to reach rural patients
Access to experts around the clock
Consistency in documentation
Portability and redundancy of medical records
Ability to create and maintain a complete patient centered
health record
 Enhanced reporting capabilities
 Improved patient follow-up
Where is the evidence?
 Longhurst, C. A., Parast, L., Sandborg, C. I., Widen, E., Sullivan,
J., Hahn, J. S., … Sharek, P. J. (2010). Decrease in hospital-wide
mortality rate after implementation of a commercially sold
computerized physician order entry system. Pediatrics. Advance
online publication. doi: 10.1542/peds.2009-3271
 Poon, E. G., Keohane, C. A., Yoon, C. E., Ditmore, M., Bane, A.,
Levtzion-Korach, O., … Gandhi, T. K. (2010). Effect of bar-coded
technology on the safety of medication administration. New
England Journal of Medicine, 362(18), 1698-1707.
 Chumbler, N. R., Haggstrom, D. A., & Saleem, J. (2010).
Implementation of health information technology in veterans
health administration to support transformational change:
Telehealth and personal health records. Medical Care 48(12),
Advance online publication.
 Evidence-based practice
 Diligent healthcare providers
 Improved quality through focusing on
chronic conditions and other factors
The potential is unimaginable with
paper processes.
 Identify innovators
 Designate specific meeting times
 Develop timeline for project
 Purpose: Allow IT staff the opportunity to
understand the workflow requirements of clinical
 Methods: Individual key IT personnel observe
 patient encounter through entire visit cycle
 current documentation processes of clinical
 current system report usage
 Purpose: To familiarize IT staff with current forms so
that new system may be analyzed for congruency with
documentation requirements and formatting may be
customized to be similar to current forms whenever
 Method: IT staff members will analyze
 clinical documentation forms
 external forms (i.e. referral forms for particular
 reports compiled under current system
 Purpose: Allow clinical staff the opportunity to
further explain and clarify workflow and
documentation needs and to offer suggestions for
process improvement that may be incorporated into
the new system.
 Method: IT Analyst will interview
 clinical staff members
 administrators
 clerical staff
 Thorough testing done in stages
 Involve all staff, not just committee
 Be prepared to rework some
components of system
 Encourage constructive criticism
 Onsite vendor support
 Onsite super–user support
 Method depends upon comfort level of
 Plan on decreased productivity
 Emergencies only
 Six month rule
 Utilize the IT Committee
 Thoroughly test all changes
 Train all users on changes
Continuing education
IT department
Vendor support
IT Committee
 Required changes to system
 Standards of care
 Medications
 Vaccines
 Patient education documents
 Electronic features
 Electronic standards
Implementing an EHR is a big
investment. Including your staff and
physicians throughout the planning,
development, and implementation
processes and providing adequate
support post “go-live” enhances the
probability of success.
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To be published in the Journal of Nursing Management
within the next 6 months.

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