Barriers And Facilitators For Implementation And Adoption Of Ehr
The impact of implementing EHR’s in hospital and ambulatory care settings has been studied, but little research has been done on implementing EHR’s in the home care settings. As demand for home care services increases to support the health care needs of the aging population, more home health agencies in the United States our implementing electronic health records, to have better quality records for their patients. Good communication regarding patient data, their status, and care plans is essential for ensuring efficiency in quality of patient care and patient safety. The EHR will assist in facilitating better documentation in the areas of care plans, patient data and the patient’s status. An EHR in the home care setting, which is the point of care would help facilitate up-to-date access to the patient’s medical information, in a timely manner which translates into better patient care, by improving health care decision making and better patient outcomes.
There are a couple of specific target areas for this study. One is to examine the work flow that the impact of implementing the EHR, along with financial outcomes before the implementation and after the implementation of the EHR. Identifying barriers as well as facilitators to point of care of EHR implementation in the home care setting, is another focus of the study. As of this writing the research was still ongoing.