Cost savings, improved quality and satisfaction are early benefits of highly customized training
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- ImplementHIT, a consulting firm that helps hospitals and large physician practices drive organization-wide adoption of electronic medical records (EMR) systems, announced today that they have rolled out a customized online learning solution for Allscripts™ Enterprise EHR for 140 physicians and clinical staff users at Tucson Orthopaedic Institute (TOI). ImplementHIT is led by physicians and experts in clinical and medical informatics and with Ph.D.-level proficiency in elearning.
ImplementHIT’s patent-pending training technology facilitates customization, providing the benefit of enhanced quality with decreased costs. Unlike generic, one-size-fits all elearning solutions, ImplementHIT’s extensive customization makes training immediately relevant to learners. Clinical scenarios used to train the orthopaedic surgeons at TOI are based on actual scenarios from their practice. Not only has this proven to dramatically boost participation and engagement, it also makes training more meaningful and applicable, which has been a challenge for computer-based training (CBT) providers.
The CBTs have already begun to generate substantial cost savings and benefits for TOI. Rather than attending a series of live courses, physicians and clinical staff access the elearning at a time and location most convenient for them. “Doctors can participate from home, at their leisure. For the providers, that’s one of the absolute best benefits,” said Jim Garrity, chief information officer, TOI. “They are seeing value in the education. Coupled with the cost effectiveness of the online learning, this is putting TOI on track to save hundreds of hours of training time for providers alone,” he said.
Medical assistants who had been overwhelmed with training responsibilities are providing very positive feedback and can now easily go back and repeat modules as needed. The streamlined elearning is also reducing medical assistant overtime requirements and costs for TOI. Additionally, the practice is using the CBTs to reduce training time requirements for new hires and presentation time requirements for trainers and super-users.
With deep Allscripts EHR and v11 Note experience, ImplementHIT was able to play a critical role in supporting TOI’s workflow. “They combined their knowledge of CBTs with our workflows and screens to provide expertise and tips that even those of us familiar with the EHR wouldn’t have fully understood,” said Susan Libby, applications trainer for TOI. “Their work with us was tremendous. I can’t say enough. It’s been a fantastic experience,” she said.
“Across the industry, the biggest weakness in EHR implementation is lack of education. Vendors focus on a few screen shots, but don’t consider the need for educating users, which is critical to success. What ImplementHIT delivered is a solution fully customized to TOI’s workflows and specialties, based on a far superior methodology that is enabling us to work around a concept of education,” said Libby.
The education factor has proven beneficial for TOI. Super-users have gone through the training at least twice, each time reporting learning something new.
“Meaningful use of the EHR is only possible through meaningful training that is fully customized,” said Dr. Andres Jimenez, CEO, ImplementHIT. Dr. Jimenez is a former clinical director of content and online training for Allscripts. “TOI is committed to fully leveraging the Allscripts EHR, and they recognize that cannot happen without training that is relevant and actionable to each user. They have been a tremendous partner and are making very wise decisions to maximize the return on investment of their electronic medical records system,” he said.
TOI’s 140 users consist of approximately 40 providers, 80 medical assistants and 20 physical therapy providers.
In addition to being led by physicians and experts in clinical and medical informatics and with Ph.D.-level proficiency in online learning, ImplementHIT’s team includes expertise in Allscripts EHR, professional voiceovers, flash, and learning management systems programming. ImplementHIT also offers training and content development for other certified EHRs.
About Tucson Orthopaedic Institute
Tucson Orthopaedic Institute is one of the Southwest’s leading orthopaedic medical practices with four locations and 47 practitioners providing comprehensive surgical and non-surgical treatment serving both adults and children. The fellowship-trained surgeons and skilled medical staff at Tucson Orthopaedic Institute are committed to community education and outreach efforts to promote lifestyles that create strong, healthy bones, joints and muscles. For more information, call (520)784-6200 or visit www.tucsonortho.com.
ImplementHIT (www.ImplementHIT.com) helps hospitals and large physician practices drive organization wide adoption of electronic medical records (EMR) systems. Led by a team of physicians skilled in all phases of EMR implementation, ImplementHIT focuses on content development and training as a means to drive physician adoption and includes Ph.D-level proficiency in online training. Solutions include implementation planning, clinical content development and optimization, comprehensive online training and EMR implementation leadership. Experts in Allscripts, including Enterprise EHR v11 and v11 Note, ImplementHIT reduces implementation and training costs for hospitals and enables meaningful EMR use to achieve federal stimulus money.
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