More than 90 percent of office-based physicians now have electronic medical records (EMR) according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Plus, four out of five non-federal acute-care hospitals had adopted a basic electronic health record (EHR) with clinician notes by 2015, the ONC reported.
While EHR’s have solidified their spot in mainstream medicine, the new conversation is “EHR system replacement.”
There are a few reasons why your organization may replace an EHR system:
- Your healthcare system is in merger or acquisition mode and streamlining legacy EHR systems
- The EHR system doesn’t meet the current/future needs of the organization
- The EHR system may be getting sunset by its vendor
Regardless of the reason for system replacement, the information housed in your EHR system(s), according to state and federal regulations, is to be retained for a certain number of years based on data type, medical specialty and/or healthcare facility type.
While switching to a new EHR holds the promise of a robust go-forward system, it is also begs the question of what to do with the legacy data from the EHR system to be replaced. There is an impact on legacy data when an EHR system is replaced. Our team at Harmony Healthcare IT has created an industry-leading archive, Health Data Archiver – that makes your data readily and easily available where it’s needed, when it’s needed and how it’s needed.
“Health Data Archiver plays an important role in the future of Data Availability,” says Scott Kidder, VP of Business Development at Harmony Healthcare IT. “An archive supports the industry’s goal of a single patient record. Health Data Archiver gathers data from multiple legacy database systems in a variety of formats and maps it into usable patient information in a vendor-neutral flexible archive that can integrates via single sign-on technology with the go-forward EHR.”
Learn more about Data Availability by watching Scott Kidder’s recent presentation at HIMSS17.
We are ready to walk your team through a simple four-step Data Availability plan that will help your healthcare organization shore up legacy data and have it equally as available as current data while reducing costs, eliminating legacy data silos and providing a secure archive for as long as the data is needed.