IT execs release guidebook on e-health records implementation

Nearly 170 technologists offered their insights for the guidebook

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) on Friday released a guidebook to help health-care CIOs with the implementation of electronic medical records (EMRs) so they can meet the government's so called "meaningful use" in order to receive reimbursement funds.

The publication, The CIO's Guide to Implementing EHRs in the HITECH Era, includes best practices and steps health-care organizations should take to successfully implement EMRs, from the initial planning through the final documentation of results.

The 80-page guidebook is available free to the public and can be downloaded here .

According to CHIME, the research for the booklet involved almost 170 of its members, who offered information based on their own experiences in planning and implementing EMRs.

"As the nation's leading professional organization for healthcare IT executives, we felt it was important to gather the collective wisdom of our members and produce a guide that could help the nation's providers through the next few years," said CHIME Board President Timothy Stettheimer.

CHIME said the guidebook came out of an earlier collaborative effort it had undertaken with the American Hospital Association. The two groups worked together to create the Healthcare Leader Action Guide on Implementing Electronic Health Records .

CHIME said the new guide is a companion piece that focuses on the challenges facing CIOs and senior health-care IT leaders.

"The guide provides just a sample of the experience that CHIME's members have in implementing these complex systems," Stettheimer added. "CHIME offers a variety of professional and educational support to its members, which is crucial to IT executives embarking on the EHR journey."

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