Health IT Specialty Toolkit

Introduction to Health IT

This module provides a general introduction to the current Health IT landscape, including terms, resources, an overview of Minnesota e-Health initiatives, and Federal Health IT initiatives.   

Assess

The assessment phase is the foundation to every subsequent step in EHR adoption. In this phase your organization will set a vision, gain leadership support, form a project team, develop project and communication plans, and assess its readiness.

Plan

Planning is perhaps the most critical element in a successful EHR implementation. Investing in time and resources up front can often mean spending less time and resources later on. This module will help guide your organization through forming a project management team, determining your EHR goals, and workflow and process redesign.

Select

The select phase is where you will identify what your practice is looking for in an EHR and select the EHR vendor that best fits your practice. In this module practices learn how to structure a Request for Proposal (RFP), perform due diligence on vendors, and negotiate a favorable contract.

Implement

The implement phase involves refining how the EHR fits into and improves clinical workflow and business processes. This module will help guide your organization systems build, training, testing, and go-live.    Effective use emphasizes the importance of ongoing improvement to the healthcare you provide and the outcomes of your patients. In this phase the EHR will prove its value and deliver its return on investment.

Effective Use

Effective use emphasizes the importance of ongoing improvement to the healthcare you provide and the outcomes of your patients. In this phase the EHR will prove its value and deliver its return on investment.

Readiness

The readiness module gives you an overview of what health information exchange (HIE) and its goals. This module will help determine your ability to share meaningful and consistently interpreted information electronically.    The final stage of achieving widespread, timely and ongoing electronic exchange of data. This is where healthcare is finally brought into the digital information age, with the ultimate goal of bringing higher quality healthcare to our communities.

Interoperate

The final stage of achieving widespread, timely and ongoing electronic exchange of data. This is where healthcare is finally brought into the digital information age, with the ultimate goal of bringing higher quality healthcare to our communities.