When it comes to interfaces, it does not get more challenging than migrating the Patient Record system. As the heart of any healthcare organization, EMR/EHR systems connect all departments, clinical partners and administration systems. After a fashion, it is the one system to rule them all.
Clinical interface migrations are often among the last few miles on the journey to a new EHR system. Hundreds and thousands of end points need to be revisited, re-tested and secured. Agility and confidence in development and validation are what separates success from a quagmire of endless set-backs, re-development, and moving timelines. Over our few decades of working with both providers and system vendors, we’ve seen some simple approaches emerge.
The key goal is to avoid any changes to EHR/EMR interfaces. The closer to zero-change on EMR end a team can get the faster the development and validation will move. With this in mind, relying on actual system data is an unlikely key to reducing the development and testing time. Using production data for mapping and real-time transformations coding has, in some cases, halved the time required for development and testing of any one clinical interface. These techniques reduce the risk of escalating timelines and allow for confident and rapid migration of EMR interfaces.
Teams that focus on data, and make the data format secondary, tend to succeed in providing consistent on-time delivery, building reliable interfaces from the get go and accomplishing significant migration projects at the fraction of effort compared to what is typically expected to be a long and thorny process. We discuss this and some other tips for accelerating EHR interfaces migration in our recent paper 7 Tips for EHR Migration.
If you have any questions or are looking at an impending EHR interfaces migration, stop by our booth at HIMSS20, booth 4141, or contact us to learn how we could help.
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