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Dynamic Health System wishes to implement Epic, an electronic health record (EHR) that will have a significant impact on reducing operational costs, increase efficiency and automation, and improve overall clinical workflow. Local rating agencies want to see a documented 5–10% additional reduction in “hard line” operating expenses to assure Dynamic’s ability to pay off the debt. There are various tactics DHS can employ to leverage the implementation of EPIC to save in operational expense and manage the extra 100k per year needed to maintain the system. EHR system can optimize staffing levels by using EHR-derived historical patient census data, broken down by unit and acuity. The EHR data can be adjusted to incorporate likely future growth (e.g., in specific service lines) and matched with payroll data to identify staffing costs by type (registered nurses, technicians, and orderlies.). This approach to staffing can save DHS like other health care organizations from 0.5% to 1.5% in total labor costs compared to manual staffing approaches (Broome, Sharma, & Velamoor, 2016). Integrating EHR systems with pharmacy and supply chain can improve clinical supply usage. Combining these systems will help Dynamic Health System to track variabilities across its facilities, which can result in unnecessary costs and uneven levels of care. Employing the use of an EPIC and this data can drive change and development of a process to improve processes. Using an EHR in this manner has resulted in a reduction of overall supply costs for other healthcare organizations by 3.5% to 6.5% (Broome, Sharma, & Velamoor, 2016). Epic and many other EHR systems can be used to create value for health systems. By merging data from other systems with EHR records, health systems can identify the approaches that will best enable them to enhance care quality, optimize costs, and maximize value. References Broome, B., Sharma, N., & Velamoor, S. (2016). Achieving ROI from EHRs: Actionable insights that can transform care delivery. Retrieved from McKinsey & Company:

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