If you are considering embarking on a Hospital-wide Electronic Document Management System (EDMS) programme there are several different implementation approaches to be considered.
Most organisations recognise that continuing with paper case notes is unsustainable and may be struggling to meet service demands. Some may have run out of physical space or are looking to realise cash releasing benefits through the closure of a record library. Regardless of the strategic drivers which may be significantly different between organisations, the overriding consideration will be to ensure that the EDMS will:
- identify and deliver the efficiency savings at departmental level that support the ROI objectives;
- provide measurable improvements to patient safety and clinical efficiency – allowing clinicians to mine information easily from scanned case notes and associate documentation with patient encounters;
- be deployed without having a detrimental impact on departmental operations.
It is important to consider the relative advantages and disadvantages of each of the options, evaluate and make recommendations on the best approach for your organisation – taking into consideration your own business drivers, organisational capability and infrastructure and affordability.
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