The long migration to electronic health records (EHRs) in the U.S. is set to speed up with the funding authorized by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009. But what are the specific risks when clinicians can’t access electronic health records? How far-reaching are the consequences when EHR data is lost, or its integrity is compromised? This paper looks at the mission-critical role of EHR systems, and introduces availability solutions that build in uptime protection to ensure the continuity of operation that both caregivers and patients can depend on.
In 2010, Queens Pediatrics began evaluating Electronic Health Record (EHR) solutions to improve access to patient records. The practice’s affiliation with North Shore LIJ prompted it to evaluate solutions from Allscripts. North Shore LIJ is the largest user of Allscripts system and provides a financial subsidy to its affiliated practices that adopt the solutions.
The challenge for Queens Pediatrics was the small size of its offices, which didn’t provide enough room for multiple workstations or to move mobile computer carts through the hallways. “There were only two options. The physicians either had to use a laptop or we had to have a PC in each room, and that doesn’t work well in a pediatric office,” said Janette Finn, the Practice Manager at Queens Pediatrics.
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