Using your hospital's EMR implementation to your advantage

Like it or not, if you work for a hospital you will be involved in an EMR implementation project in one way or another--sooner than later. This fact has many hospital employees squirming, for it inevitably means change, writes Healthcare IT Central CEO Gwen Darling on our Hospital Impact blog. But the EMR conversion will happen regardless of your attitude, so it's best to embrace the change and set an example for others to follow rather than fight it. Focus on the positive, shape yourself into a knowledge leader and offer to help organize meetings, beta-test software, distribute surveys and even train your colleagues, Darling says. A colleague of hers rode this strategy from being an OR nurse to the director of clinical informatics at a major hospital. Hospital Impact

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