IT execs release guidebook on e-health records implementation

Nearly 170 technologists offered their insights for the guidebook

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) on Friday released a guidebook to help health care CIOs with the implementation of electronic health records (EHR) so they can meet the government's so called "meaningful use" standards in order to qualify for reimbursement funds.

The publication, The CIO's Guide to Implementing EHRs in the HITECH Era, includes best practices and steps health care organizations should take to successfully implement EHRs, from the initial planning stages through the final documentation of results.

The 80-page guidebook is available at no charge to the public and can be found at the CHIME Web site (download PDF).

According to CHIME, almost 170 of its members were involved in compiling the information included in the guidebook. They offered information gleaned from their own experiences in planning and implementing EHRs.

"As the nation's leading professional organization for health care IT executives, we felt it was important to gather the collective wisdom of our members and produce a guide that could help the nation's providers through the next few years," said Timothy Stettheimer, president of the CHIME board of directors.

CHIME said the guidebook came out of an earlier collaborative effort it had undertaken with the American Hospital Association. The two groups worked together to create the Healthcare Leader Action Guide on Implementing Electronic Health Records (download PDF).

CHIME said the new guide is a companion piece that focuses on the challenges facing CIOs and senior health care IT leaders.

"The guide provides just a sample of the experience that CHIME's members have in implementing these complex systems," Stettheimer added. "CHIME offers a variety of professional and educational support to its members, which is crucial to IT executives embarking on the EHR journey."

Lucas Mearian covers storage, disaster recovery and business continuity, financial services infrastructure and health care IT for Computerworld. Follow Lucas on Twitter at @lucasmearian, or subscribe to Lucas's RSS feed . His e-mail address is lmearian@computerworld.com.

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