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Electronic Health Records Vendor-System Specifics  

Component Overview

This component will provide an in-depth discussion in Vendor-Specific Systems, focusing specifically in areas such as system and database architectures used in commercial Electronic Health Records (EHRs), vendor strategies for terminology, knowledge management, ways to assess decision support capabilities in EHRs, and finally vendor-specific training (go-live strategies).

Component Objectives

At the completion of this component, students will be able to:

  • Assess and compare common commercial EHR systems using KLAS ratings in training and organizational decision-making contexts.
  • Apply CCHIT, meaningful use, Joint Commission and National Patient Safety Goals to decisions about commercial EHR vendor selection, when given typical workplace scenarios.
  • Evaluate key factors (costs of an EHR, including capital, licensing, maintenance and staffing, and stakeholder needs) into workplace decisions for selecting vendor-specific systems
  • Analyze the functionality of a vendor EHR system, given a set of user needs
  • Compare database architectures employed by different vendor applications to evaluate how these impact performance and extensibility
  • Evaluate EHR systems based on vendor strategies for terminology management, knowledge management and data exchange
  • Compare decision support capabilities and customization, given different vendor EHRs
  • Evaluate training and go-live strategies of different EHR vendors in terms of impact on cost, workflow, and patient safety.

NOTE: This course is part of the Health Information Technology Certificate Program but is opened to those not enrolled in the certificate program as well.


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