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The Power of Clinic EHR Leaders

Lee’s Summit Physicians Group turned to one of their Pediatricians, Jennifer Sauer, MD, to lead their clinic through their EHR implementation after their EHR software arrived in the mail, but their EHR vendor couldn’t be reached for months. As the group’s appointed EHR leader, Sauer’s determination, willingness to learn, along with her supportive and encouraging interaction with clinic personnel, enabled the group to successfully make the transition.

The Lee’s Summit Physicians Group’s story is the latest video featured on the Missouri Health Information Technology (MO HIT) Assistance Center Web site’s “On the Road to EHR Success.” The video illustrates the power and effectiveness of a clinic’s own EHR leader and why experts believe every clinic should have their own EHR leader to guide and rally the troops during the EHR transition.

Sauer jokingly discloses her very limited computer background made her hesitate when she was approached to take on this formidable task. Despite her lack of technical expertise, Sauer designed a realistic implementation plan and goals, and the EHR templates she created with the input of her colleagues worked exceptionally well for the group. Sauer temporarily decreased her patient visits during implementation to focus her time and effort on the group’s EHR needs so that problems could be quickly resolved and the transition could be completed in the shortest amount of time.

Steven Weinrich, executive director, Lee’s Summit Physicians Group said their EHR vendor issues were eventually resolved and today they are a happy customer. In fact, the vendor uses Lee’s Summit Physicians Group as a model for other providers to illustrate how well the system can be mastered and optimized. The Kansas City Quality Improvement Consortium, a partner of the Missouri Health Information Technology Assistance Center is currently working with Lee’s Summit Physicians Group to achieve meaningful use of their certified EHR system.

The Lee’s Summit Physicians Group’s video story can be found on the Missouri Health Information Technology (MO HIT) Assistance Center Web site’s “On the Road to EHR Success.” “On the Road to EHR Success” presents various perspectives on electronic health records and the impact those EHRs have on health care professionals and the patients they serve in Missouri. These stories provide valuable insight and inspiration for other health care professionals interested in beginning their own EHR transformation. To view this story, visit the “On the Road to EHR Success” page on the MO HIT Assistance Center’s Website.

For information on the Medicaid and Medicare EHR incentive programs, EHR adoption, or how the MO HIT Assistance Center helps health care providers adopt and achieve meaningful use of certified EHRs, please visit the Missouri Health Information Technology Assistance Center Website, E-mail us, or call 1-877-882-9933.

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