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What Specific Expertise Do I Need to Implement Health IT Tools?

A well-planned and careful approach to project management is essential to the success of the implementation. As one of the important first steps, you should ensure that you have a knowledgeable project leader who is well-equipped to lead the implementation and is familiar with the workflow processes of the organization.

Technical expertise will also be needed.  Most health IT vendors will provide you with the necessary technical assistance to support implementation.  If your organization is using an open-source system (software products that are available to the public at no cost), you may need a vendor or an IT professional to install the software and adapt it to your computer system and practice.  For example, OpenEMR is an open-source practice management and EHR software suite.  Although the software is free of charge, you may need to pay for its installation and support.  If assistance is needed, installation and support is offered by OpenEMR staff, who can provide these services at your site or as a remotely hosted web application.

Related Resources:

Health IT Adoption Toolbox, Staffing and Expertise – HRSA’s toolbox offers guidance on the type of leadership and project team members that constitute an implementation team.

Health Information Technology - Tools and Resources for EHR Implementation go to exit disclaimer – This comprehensive set of planning tools and other resources and information on EHR implementation is posted on IPRO's interactive the Health Care Quality Improvement Community board.

Healthcare Technology Resource Guide go to exit disclaimer – This resource guide of the Community Clinics Initiative provides useful tools for managing a variety of health IT projects.

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