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If your EHR system isn’t working properly or meeting your needs, it might be time to call for help. You need ready access to your patient data at all times. Without this, you could face patient care, staff productivity, and even legal problems. Regulations in Massachusetts require that patient data be available to patients for 7 years for adults, and up to 18 years for children. Other states require even longer terms of up to 25 years.

According to Health IT.gov, Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Legacy EMR Data Archival can improve patient outcomes and the ability to diagnose diseases and reduce (even prevent) medical errors. You can’t afford to have problems with your EHR system.

What Issues Do Healthcare Practices and Hospitals Face When Using EHR Systems?

The following are the most common ones:

  • The EHR system runs too slowly.
  • The system goes down regularly, sometimes for hours or even days.
  • Their systems aren’t user-friendly.
  • Employees have a hard time logging in.
  • EHR systems drop off-line when practitioners use tablets and move to and from exam rooms.
  • Interface issues with other systems.

These and other issues can cause your healthcare organization a lot of frustration and result in hours of lost productivity.

Inexperienced Techs Are Another Concern

When implementing new EHR systems, many find that their IT company or in-house techs aren’t capable of dealing with data conversions. They also don’t offer the Data Archival Services they require.

Not all outsourced IT vendors in Boston have extensive experience in healthcare technology.  All of this presents real hurdles, and can potentially prevent hospitals and healthcare practices from achieving desired outcomes.

What’s The Answer To These Issues?

You need the service and support only an experienced and knowledgeable IT services company can provide. One that can “go under the hood” of your EHR system and free up the blocked data. Essentially, you need a “Health IT Data Plumber.”

This is our specialty. We ensure data moves through EHR solutions properly and connects to other systems as it should. This way it’s secure performs efficiently and accurately and remains stable.

Hospital Systems Require Accurate EHR Conversions & Data Archival

Hospital systems around the country are acquiring healthcare practices at a record pace.  This is because the government- and insurer-mandated payment policies favor large health systems.  Independent physicians are finding it difficult to cut costs while maintaining the clinical quality their patients deserve.

And when hospitals acquire a practice, they also acquire the physician’s EHR system. Sometimes they find it difficult to convert the existing patient data into their hospital’s system.

Where Can Hospital Systems In Boston Turn For Help? GDS & ChartViewer

Our consultants help to provide a smooth data transfer process. They employ data continuity and migration strategies that result in better performance and functionality with a new database. They also ensure the integrity of the data and that it’s safeguarded during and after the transfer process.

When hospital systems or healthcare practices can’t convert and import all the legacy data from an old EHR system, using ChartViewer will help. It’s a searchable, read-only archive that is organized by patient charts. It provides fast, compliant, and secure access to legacy electronic medical records.

Rather than going back and forth between an old EHR and the new one, hospital teams can use ChartViewer quickly to find the patient information they need. When implementing a new EHR system, ChartViewer increases efficiency by reducing the time spent on data searches. And it archives patient data permanently to comply with legal regulations.

Click here to learn more about our efficient, compliant EHR software option – GDS ChartViewer.

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