10 Signs That an EMR Integration Project is Doomed to Fail

July 5,2018 Like this article, be sure to share.

                                              

 

When a healthcare organization decides to do an overhaul on their EHR they still have a long way to go. The decision to do this isn't what is difficult, in and of itself.

There's an old riddle that goes like this, "Three frogs are sitting on a log and one decides to jump off. How many are left?"

The answer is still three as the frogs only decided to jump. Perhaps the following scenerio is also familiar to healthcare organizations...

The target go-live date is 4 months away and:

1. Requirements keep changing

If negotiations with ancillary application vendors are still taking place because of ever-changing requirements, that is a bad sign off the bat. By this stage of the game, not only should everything be negociated, but creeping scope should be avoided at all costs.

2. Poor Foundation

A formal process to capture requirements, decisions and manage scope does not exist. Scope creep is harmful to a project as a lack of focus, leads to poor change control and cost overrun

3. Unbalanced Testing Sessions

Testing sessions require A proper balance. otherwise, proper feedback cannot be obtained. Too few participants will lead to burnout. Likewise if too many participate, testing will not properly be performed.

4. Lack of Information

Information gathering is essential to healthcare delivery. having an inaccurate inventory of ancillary applications leads to poor communication, misuse of resources, and wasteful spending.

5. Poor Communication

When Overall system Architecture has not been defined and communicated with stakeholders This leads to a lack of trust with project management.

6. Key Staff Turnover

If there is staff turn over during the project this conveys a lack of faith in the project and the team.

7. No Data Migration strategy

If a Data Migration Strategy has not been started, implemented, or tested then critical data could be lost.

8. Choosing Chaos Over Order

While the unexpected can occur; A formal, repeatable and manageable process can prepare for it.If a project principle manager prefers a chaotic style of management, It puts a project's success at risk. When an EMR Integration project is run this way the lives of patients are also at risk.

9. No Technical Architect

A Technical Architect is a leader that knows how to manage risks and deliver results. They provide guidance on key decisions and know how to deploy technological solutions that can keep a project on task while meeting the needs of stakeholders.

10. Lack of Community Involvement

Community participation is an important tool for successful health sector development. it allows potential beneficiaries to offer feedback on the design, Implementation, and efficiency of stable delivery.

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