Providers must anticipate 'activation' risks in EHR implementation

Providers often don't identify and plan for some of the potential risks in implementing an electronic health record, according to Dana Kimmel, an associate principal for health technology consulting group Aspen Advisors.

Kimmel, writing for Healthcare Informatics, said that providers need to anticipate several activation risks. For instance, she said that they need an implementation strategy for ongoing acquisitions and affiliations to minimize the impact on the provider's activation budget. They also must determine how to handle a reduced schedule during implementation and the corresponding decrease in compensation, and whether to outsource accounts receivable tasks for their legacy system, Kimmel said. Article