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Clearing 8 Common EHR Hurdles Anxious over a transition to electronic records? Fear not. E lectronic health records. To some, these 3 words are music to the ears. To others, they make the blood run cold. There's no denying that transitioning to EHRs comes with its share of challenges. But in many ways EHRs rep- resent a significant upgrade from the pen-and-paper era — and they're only going to get better as users learn how to unlock their potential. Here are 8 of the most common anxieties people have about the transition to EHRs, along with some prescriptions for overcoming the real-life hurdles. "It costs too much." An EHR system requires a significant investment of financial capital, not including the expense of the time required to use it effectively. One study (osmag.net/MZe7Bd) puts the implementation cost for a 5-physician practice at $162,000, with $85,500 in first-year maintenance expenses. Until recently, it was difficult to determine ROI surrounding the adoption of EHRs, but the technology is beginning to have a measurable impact on reimburse- ments. EHR systems can facilitate more accurate patient information, which can affect claim accuracy and, in turn, collection rate. Also, the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs can help to cushion 3 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 Business Advisor Paul C. Kuo, MD, MS, MBA, FACS • EASE OF USE Continued EHR training can help staff members who may be reluc- tant or fearful to embrace change. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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