Discussion Week 4 - Implementation of an electronic health record(EHR can have a large impact on the optimization of clinical and nonclinical

Discussion Week 4 - Implementation of an electronic...

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Implementation of an electronic health record (EHR) can have a large impact on the optimization of clinical and nonclinical workflows reducing operational costs for healthcare organizations. There are many ways that Dynamic Health System can leverage the implementation of EPIC to generate new revenue and decrease current operating expenses. The new EHR system can be used to create a dynamic staffing model which can be utilized to optimize staffing levels. EHR-derived historical patient census data can be broken down by acuity and unit and then adjusted to account for future growth could help Dynamic identify optimal staffing schedules for each unit. Utilizing this approach to staffing has saved health care organizations 0.5% to 1.5% in total labor costs compared to manual staffing approaches[Bro16]. In addition to the optimization of clinical staffing models, EPIC will also reduce the number of medical records personnel that is required. As the EHR is implemented throughout the organization and all facilities, the personnel that are responsible for managing paper records could be reduced providing the organization with a decrease in salaries and benefits paid. Over the course of six years, an organization with 20 medical records personnel was able to save $2,706,559 in salary and benefits which would have been paid out to medical records personnel if an EHR system had not been implemented.

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