As the healthcare system prepares to select an outsource company as its vendor for this project, what types of information should it give to and gather from each vendor under consideration?

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This case involves a healthcare system consisting of five clinics serving nearly 2 million residents in…

 

 

  1. This case involves a healthcare system consisting of five clinics serving nearly 2 million residents in a large metropolitan area and treating over 500,000 patients annually. In preparation for the implementation of an EHR system for the five clinics, the healthcare system implemented an electronic document/content management (ED/CM) system to handle the imaging, indexing, and storage of selected hard copy documents from active patient paper medical records so that in the future, to support continuity of care needs, key documents would be retrievable through the EHR system. However, the healthcare system lacked the level of internal IT and health information services staff resources required to manage the implementation of hardware/software and to handle the actual paper conversion process, so these aspects of the project were outsourced. The outsourced company installed hardware and software, redesigned workflow in the health information services department, collaborated with the health information management professionals to redesign standardized patient record forms, and worked with IT staff to develop interfaces that would allow for scanned images to be fed into the EHR system. The outsourced company also managed the preparation, scanning, indexing and quality control activities associated with the actual paper conversion process.

Questions

  1. As the healthcare system prepares to select an outsource company as its vendor for this project, what types of information should it give to and gather from each vendor under consideration?
  2. What are the potential benefits a healthcare system could gain from implementing a document imaging and management project prior to implementing an EHR system?

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