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Electronic Health Record (EHR) Solutions

EHR and HITECH Meaningful Use Solutions

Spurred by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), more and more clinicians and healthcare facilities are considering the adoption of an Electronic Health Record (EHR) model in exchange for their vulnerable, paper-based systems. An EHR system can make great improvements in patient care, information sharing and operating efficiencies, but in order to receive financial benefits afforded under HITECH provisions, medical service providers must demonstrate that their EHR solution satisfies “meaningful use” requirements as defined in the HITECH act.

KGS has expertise in understanding the rigorous requirements necessary to demonstrate meaningful use. We partner with Regional Extension Centers (RECs) to provide expert guidance to private practices, clinics and hospitals and help them manage the entire process; from an initial assessment of business requirements, to selecting and implementing the right EHR solution, to making sure meaningful use requirements can and will be met to ensure payment of rebate incentives.

KGS is proactively engaged in various national healthcare workgroups and industry forums including HIMSS, IHI, NAHQ, AHRQ, NACHRI, NICHQ – staying abreast of regulatory changes that impact the entire healthcare industry. Our broad knowledge base of the unique business objectives of healthcare agencies, coupled with our understanding of evolving regulatory requirements, positions us as a valuable partner to assist client organizations with EHR implementation projects.

EHR Alignment Assessment

KGS understands the need to focus on the full scope of EHR transitional operation for our healthcare clients. Our tailored techniques are designed to qualify eligible professionals without disrupting patient care or being detrimental to operations. KGS experts glean detailed information using proven methodologies such as Lean Six Sigma, CMMI and ISO quality improvement approaches. This provides a framework for KGS consultants to guide a healthcare organization in the process of transitioning from an “as is” state of operations to one of increased efficiencies, reduced administrative costs and more mature data management.

Using tactics specific to the organization’s business objectives and goals, business processes, technology support infrastructure, and application solution functionality, KGS’s meticulous alignment assessments build the most effective roadmap for project success within implementation timelines.

Assessments include:

  • System development and implementation requirements
  • EHR tool research and guidance
  • Physician practice demographics
  • Service line and patient demographics
  • EHR performance criteria requirements

Vendor Selection and Negotiation

KGS can assist healthcare organizations in the often painful process of selecting the appropriate, certified, and vetted EHR vendor to fit specific environmental needs. Our experience in enterprise-wide IT implementations ensures selection of the product that best fits the individual requirements of the healthcare practice and takes into consideration compliance, implementation, timeline and budget.

KGS can facilitate discussions between vendors and physician practices by performing as a translator between business needs and technical functionality. Though the selection of the EHR system is ultimately up to the physician or practice, KGS has the technical and regulatory “know-how” to provide expert guidance in the decision making process; ensuring that vendors do not oversell services unnecessary to meet meaningful use requirements.

Service offerings include:

  • Product evaluation
  • Vendor selection guidance
  • Vendor management
  • Product negotiation

Project Management

The complexities associated with EHR transition to meet meaningful use require adroit project management ensure resources are managed effectively and implementation strategy is executed properly. KGS applies rigorous and proven methodologies to ensure complete IT system lifecycle oversight, from analysis to implementation; ensuring that the transition is managed seamlessly and brought to market in the shortest period of time.

No two physician’s practices or healthcare facilities are the same. KGS takes into consideration the distinctive needs and unique environments of our clients to ensure the appropriate project management approach is applied.

Project Management services include:

  • Project Management Office (PMO) oversight
  • Process Standardization
  • Quality Assurance
  • Workflow Management
  • Implementation Management
  • Performance Metrics