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How do we conduct a readiness assessment?

When choosing to implement health IT, health center administrators should already have a general understanding of their current environment from a readiness perspective.  Tools to assess readiness can be used to help answer and address any residual questions. By completing a readiness assessment, health centers are taking a major step in identifying where current gaps exist and what steps need to be taken to mitigate these gaps. Several of these tools require assessments of health centers, which include culture, leadership models, staff aptitude with computer applications, existing resources and IT infrastructure, to help guide future decisions regarding health IT adoption and implementation.  


Additional Reading:

  • eHealthWV  go to exit disclaimer - Web site developed by the state of West Virginia to give an overview of electronic health records with resources for consumers and physicians.
  • Assessing Your Practice: The Green Book, Dartmouth College, 2004 (PDF - 961 KB)  go to exit disclaimer - A complete workbook that provides an organized, locally adaptable method to assist practices in collecting information and data to identify opportunities which can lead to significant improvements that improve patient care, outcomes, and staff work life.  This tool is not specifically focused on EMR adoption. (2004)
Developed by the Health Resources and Services Administration as a resource for health centers and other safety net and ambulatory care providers who are seeking to implement health IT.
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