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EHR Replacement Requires Plan for Legacy Patient Data

Posted on | May 2, 2017
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More than 95 percent of hospitals have implemented EHRs according to data from the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), but optimization is another story. In a study by KPMG, College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) members reported that interoperability and getting full use out of their EHR is the next top priority with 38 percent of expected spending through 2020. The goal truly is to better optimize the data to support improved patient care.

As healthcare providers move forward with new EHR and other system implementation strategies, it is essential to have an equally solid EMR replacement plan for managing legacy data that often resides in disparate systems.

Healthcare organizations can get so busy implementing and supporting complex enterprise systems that their legacy applications often remain active.  That adds cost, labor and risk to the IT portfolio.  Harmony Healthcare IT specializes in clinical, patient financial, human resource/payroll and general accounting healthcare data management and EHR replacement. We can help when the strategy is to migrate as much clinical data into the go-forward EHR system as the new vendor will allow.  We also offer a cost effective solution to migrate disparate legacy data sources into a single, secure health care archive.

Download our paper called “System Replacement Impact on Legacy Data.” This document provides information for healthcare providers engaged in determining and implementing best practices for managing legacy data.  It examines

  • data retention exposures when a system is replaced
  • strategies for managing legacy data when a system is replaced
  • the benefits of data archiving to satisfy retention requirements
  • a look ahead at the proliferation of health data storage volume

For more information on options for managing legacy patient or employee data after system replacement, contact Health Data Archiver.

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One comment on “EHR Replacement Requires Plan for Legacy Patient Data
  1. Shelly Peters says:

    This is the most overlooked problem in system replacements. Data is an asset and needs to be strategically treated as such. Regulatory requirements are only going to increase. Data in a retired system may lose its immediate value in terms of revenue cycle but the secondary uses of data are soon going to add value to decision making. As data accumulates, we need to find opportunities for new contexts – think Ancestry.com or Zillow – these innovations took existing data and extended the value for different needs and different markets. This is the opportunity with healthcare data that does untapped, and just one of the value propositions for keeping data from legacy systems discrete and accessible.