Accessing Data for QI

As adoption of EHRs has increased, so have the concerns about ability to access the data needed to drill down into quality improvement efforts or even reporting requirements. Depending on the type of system being used, data may be cloud based, on a remote server, or on a local server. Further, data may be accessible through preprogrammed, ad hoc, or custom reports, but there may be greater challenges to accessing raw data or data that can be analyzed for quality improvement purposes. Resources in this section address these challenges and provide actionable information for accessing the data needed.

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To Switch or Not to Switch: A Guide for Community Clinics Considering Changing EHRs

To Switch or Not to Switch: A Guide for Community Clinics Considering Changing EHRs

Developed by the California Health Care Foundation in 2019

The purpose of this guide is to help health center leaders weigh the costs and benefits of remaining with their current EHR system (possibly with enhanced functionality) or switching to a different one. It is intended to be useful to all those participating in decisions about EHR systems, not just to technical experts. The guide offers a step-wise approach to asking important questions, making decisions, and moving forward. The appendices describe the types of products and services that are available to health centers and that are mentioned throughout the guide.

The guide walks you through the following stepwise approach to EHR decision making:

1. Deciding whether to switch EHRs

  • Understand your goals and motivations
  • Consider the available options
  • Consider the costs

2. Selecting a new EHR product or outsourcing provider

  • Explore EHR product options
  • Explore EHR outsourcing providers
  • Perform due diligence and negotiate a contract

3. Planning and executing the EHR transition

  • Plan
  • Train
  • Monitor
  • Get help

Access the full guide through the link below!


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This resource collection was compiled by the HITEQ Center staff with guidance from HITEQ Advisory Committee members and collaborators of the HITEQ Center.

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