By Mitch Collier, senior vice president of product management at StayWell
At last year’s HL7® FHIR® DevDays conference, I saw firsthand how SMART on FHIR® technologies were catching on. Now, just a year later, they’re spreading like wildfire.
These innovative technologies fuel StayWell’s Krames On FHIR® application, which integrates directly into the EHR system and seamlessly into the clinical workflow—so staff can easily access multiple applications through one source. The user-friendly interface not only boosts the clinician experience, but it also keeps patients engaged with the portal, knowing they can securely, conveniently, and confidently view their health data, access their health education, and message their providers. Future enhancements to the application will allow providers to “prescribe” more-interactive digital health programs through the patient portal based on the patient’s profile and clinical encounter, and provide updates back to the clinician.
Extinguish the fear of change
Common implementation questions—such as the risk of losing data, and the time and effort of getting the system and staff up to speed—often arise when implementing any new application, particularly in a fast-paced health care environment. However, following best practices can alleviate such concerns. Houston Methodist shares tips from its successful implementation of Krames On FHIR across its eight hospitals in our recent Fueling the FHIR: Insights from a System-Wide FHIR Implementation webinar.
This recording is definitely worth a listen, as you’ll gain insights to:
- Successfully plan and conduct the implementation, and manage the application post-implementation
- Establish governance for the project, and engage the right executives and business owners in each area early on
- Gain buy-in on the project from key stakeholders
- Apply lessons learned such as how best to approach the cut-over and sunset date of your legacy system
Don’t let the fear of change keep your organization from igniting its clinical workflow. You’ll remove administrative burden on your IT and clinical staff while improving patient engagement and experience scores.