Although health systems are moving toward integrated platforms, providers still need to access legacy data, which means CIOs have to find a way that make that happen, as seamlessly as possible, according to Marc Probst and Nick Szymanski.
For organizations that are migrating to a single platform, implementation isn’t the ultimate goal; in fact, it’s more of a baseline, says Kate Pierce, who talks about the major changes happening at North Country Hospital.
When should you start cleaning up legacy data? How soon should data be entered into the new system? When it comes to going live with Epic, there seem to be more questions than answers, says Sheri Stoltenberg, who provides some clarity.
Perhaps the most important advantage of having already been through an Epic implementation? You’ve already learned “what the cycles and trends are,” and know how to navigate them, says CIO Debbie Cancilla.
Let’s face it – when you don’t see patients on a daily basis, it’s extremely difficult to understand how technology impacts their experience. So what can CIOs do? Bring the two groups together, says Zafar Chaudry, MD, CIO at Seattle Children’s.