Converting from Existing Software
Some practices are discovering they have chosen an inadequate electronic health records (EHR) system. Now they are faced with the task of identifying the right EHR system for their practice. This time however they have done their research, planned out their installation and implementation and made sure all of their personnel have received proper training on the new software. But what about all their old patient information stored on their old EHR system?
Two options exist for practices stuck in this predicament:
Depending on the old EHR system, sometimes it is simply easier to begin documenting with the new system and not bother with trying to convert information between the two systems. There was obviously a reason the old system was not working in your practice otherwise you would not have purchased a new system. Therefore, it is important for the clinic to evaluate whether the information contained within the old system is valuable enough to spend their time and effort trying to convert it over.
You know the old system obviously had problems working in your practice. Can you be sure those documents contained within the old system do not also contain those same errors? This is a serious question every practice must ask.
Converting the Data
For those who decide conversion is necessary, there are companies who specialize in converting between two different types of EHR software. Practices do need to realize that it is nearly impossible for all of the information to be easily converted. The commonly used conversion of patient demographics: name, birth date, address, age, etc., will most likely transfer.
Either way it is important for your practice to weigh the pros and cons of each option and decide which choice suits your practice the best.
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