For physician practices particularly, one conundrum of switching to an electronic health record is what to do with their backlog of data. Should it all be put into the new system, or just some? And should it be put in after the switchover or before?

Reliant Medical Group, Worcester, Mass. (formerly the Fallon Clinic), found big dividends by putting in 15 years worth of its data before its EHR went live. At HIMSS 12 in Los Vegas, Larry Garber, M.D., medical director for informatics, will describe the organization's roadmap to maximal benefit from its EHR.

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