Many healthcare organizations today go through the costly and time-consuming process of implementing an Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR) in the hopes of becoming a “paperless” hospital. Unfortunately, many hospitals have discovered that even with an EHR in place, paper documentation – and the associated risks and costs – are still present.
Hospitals implement EHRs with very specific objectives in mind. While those objectives are most likely met post-implementation, they are often surprised to discover paper documentation still lingers in many critical areas. This has left hospital leaders trying to reconcile the notion that they aren’t as paperless as they thought they would be after spending millions of dollars on their EHR implementation. In fact, when HIMSS Analytics asked those registered for the HIMSS16 Conference and Expo what their biggest area of interest was, over half of the respondents replied: EHR optimization.