As a medical practice owner, you know that your electronic medical records (EMR) system is the backbone of your operations. It stores invaluable patient health information and enables efficient clinical workflows.
But what happens when it's time to switch EMR solutions? How do you ensure a smooth transition without disrupting patient care or losing critical data?
At Calysta EMR, we can help practices migrate data from their old EMR system into our innovative, cloud-based platform. Read on as we walk through what's involved in migrating data to a new EMR system and how to do it right.
An EMR data migration refers to the process of transferring patient records and other clinical data from one EMR system to another. This allows practices to adopt a new EMR platform without losing access to critical health information stored in the previous system.
A successful data migration requires detailed planning, strategic execution, and testing to ensure all data is accounted for. When done right, you'll have all your patient charts, lab results, images, medication lists, and other vital data persisted in your new system.
Follow these proven steps for efficient, low-risk EMR data migration:
Migration between EHR (electronic health record) platforms involves transferring patient data from one system to another, which requires these steps:
|Data extraction from legacy EHR
|Securely extracting identified patient records from the old system using suitable tools.
|Converting the extracted data to match the data model, formats, and interfaces of the new EHR system.
|Import procedures development
|Defining the processes needed to accurately and securely load the transformed data into the new EHR database.
|Validating migrated data
|Verifying completeness, integrity, and accuracy of patient records now present in the new EHR platform.
|Legacy EHR retirement
|Decommissioning old hardware, databases, networks after successful migration to the new system.
|End user training
|Providing training to clinicians, nurses, and other staff on using the features and workflows of the new EHR software.
|Improving system configurations, interfaces, reports etc. based on lessons learned during the migration.
|Having vendor resources provide technical support during each stage of the EHR migration process.
|Data security compliance
|Following HIPAA guidelines and best practices throughout to keep sensitive patient data protected.
The EMR system is at the very center of the data migration process. It contains all your patient health records and clinical data that must be preserved and transferred over to the new system.
The EMR also provides the tools to extract the data from its database in a usable format.
On the receiving end, the new EMR system is where all that data will be imported, converted, and organized so it can be used for future patient care. The EMR vendor will manage this data upload and should ensure it integrates properly.
Thorough testing is crucial during an EMR data migration to catch any issues before the system goes live. Recommended EMR testing strategies include:
At Calysta EMR, we understand that your practice's data is invaluable for providing optimal care to your patients. Talk to one of our specialists today to explore how we can facilitate your upcoming EMR transition and ensure all your vital patient records successfully transfer into our top-rated, cloud-based EMR system.
The sooner you contact us, the more smoothly we can plan the migration process together. Don't leave your patient data up in the air - trust Calysta EMR to fully support your EMR migration needs.