Making the Transition From Paper to EHR in Long-Term Care: A Road Map for Conversion and Quality Outcomes

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Available March 2018

Making the Transition From Paper to EHR in Long-Term Care: A Road Map for Conversion and Quality Outcomes

Gene Soboleski, RN

Available March 2018

An electronic health record (EHR) can streamline the exchange of resident health information during transitions of care between acute care and skilled nursing facilities (SNF). Despite long-term care providers not qualifying for funds such as those offered by the meaningful use program, an EHR has many benefits, including improved workflow processes, data analysis, and documentation accuracy—all of which contribute to increased quality ratings. As such, many facilities have EHR adoption at the top of their priority list.

Making the Transition From Paper to EHR in Long-Term Care: A Road Map for Conversion and Quality Outcomes takes the mystery out of the transition from paper to EHR, ensuring a smooth conversion process. Long-term care providers can use this guide to increase integration between multiple software formats, understand best practices for selecting an EHR vendor, train multiple levels of staff on all the EHR’s benefits, and leverage EHR data to improve QAPI processes and quality of care.

This book will cover how to:

  • Create a road map for conversion
  • Increase SNFs’ quality ratings by giving them information in real time
  • Improve workflow processes, allowing staff to spend more time with residents and less time on paperwork
  • Improve data analysis and audits, as well as billing and coding, by streamlining information and processes


Why should you switch to electronic health records?

  • Improve your facility’s quality rating by giving nurses information in real time
  • Develop better communication methods during transitions from acute to postacute care settings and decrease readmission rates
  • Allow nurses to spend more time with residents and less time on paperwork
  • Create better data analysis and audits for billing and coding

 

About the Author:

Gene Soboleski, RN, came into nursing from a telecommunications/IT background. During his 15 years in nursing, he has worked in hemodialysis, pre/postop, emergency room, ICU, nursing informatics, and occupational health and wellness. While working within the Veterans Administration (VA) healthcare system, Soboleski was responsible for integrating external equipment and applications with the VA’s EHR. In his spare time, he enjoys distance running and coaching young athletes in football and basketball.

Page count: 150
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11
ISBN: 978-1-55645-865-1

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: How to Begin the Transition With Your Team

Chapter 2: Administrative Level: Focus on Best Practices for Acquisition

Chapter 3: Planning: Project Management

Chapter 4: How to Create a Practical Electronic Records Environment

Chapter 5: Workflow Redesign and Process Changes

Chapter 6: Customizing Your EHR

Chapter 7: Testing Your EHR

Chapter 8: A Road Map for Conversion

Chapter 9: Training Strategies

Chapter 10: Protecting Electronic Health Information

Chapter 11: Celebration of Success and Lessons Learned