Once you’ve selected and purchased EHR / EMR systems, installation and migration of data from paper-based or older EMR systems are still needed.

While many vendors may offer in-house EHR / EMR installation consultants services, these are often limited to basic installation and system training. More involved installation issues, involving integration with other computer systems, such as internal billing or insurance claims programs, or with those of business or health care partners, typically benefits from involving outside EHR installation consultants with expertise in these areas. There are also EMR Training Consultants to help with EMR use after the initial installation.

In addition to the many technical issues that are involved in integrating or enabling communication between disparate computer systems, migrating data from legacy EMR systems  can be time consuming and difficult for non-specialists. Decisions about which specific paper records to migrate, which information to scan and convert, which to scan to images, and which to archive can be critical and involve considerable expense differences. Many providers rely on outside consultants for evaluating and managing these processes.

There are HIPAA security and privacy rules that must be complied with, and a EMR / EHR consultant with digital medical records systems experience can make sure that your new systems, data storage, data archiving and data disposal are HIPAA complaint.

There are no licensing exams to become EMR installation consultants, but there are several professional certifications for Health IT professionals, including The Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) Certification offered by Healthcare Information and Management Systems. Regardless, it is important to examine the type and quality of work performed for other clients, as well as looking at the EMR systems with which they have experience. EMR installation consultants with deep experience in integrated client / server systems, for instance, may not be as  familiar with technical issues that mighty arise with SaaS or cloud-based systems.