Organizations may "plug in" an EMR system and reap some benefits. Essentially, get to good. But to move to great, EMR planning and execution must become a strategic initiative, not solely an IT initiative.
Getting to great also means optimizing data. CIOs need to drive optimization of EMR-derived data through health analytics. Analytics is a powerful—and profitable—tool across healthcare— from budgeting to forecasting, sales promotion to customer intelligence, pricing to member health.
A realistic output of EMR optimization is having a next-generation care delivery model that uses enabling technologies to integrate all of your discrete services and functions—ambulatory, urgent, surgery, discharge—to be your single source of truth for patient data.
If your hospital optimizes its EMR system, it can look forward to higher quality patient notes, and faster access and quicker review of patient data, with greater speed to optimal treatment as well as reductions in wasteful, redundant or inappropriate care.