A new report from ECRI Institute, a Plymouth Meeting, Pa.-based research firm, lays out 10 steps hospitals should take to select and implement an electronic health record system on an accelerated timetable.

The goal is to maintain a thoughtful approach to EHR adoption while moving fast enough to receive as much meaningful use incentive funding as possible, according to the firm. The report details steps to take in such areas as mapping existing workflow and clinical data flow, identifying the costs of paper-based information, preparing medical records for the transition to electronic records, and addressing security and privacy concerns.

The report, "Investing in an Electronic Health Record," is in ECRI's January Health Devices magazine, available here. The cost is $285.

--Joseph Goedert

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