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Getting Started

This module provides information on things to consider before embarking on a health IT project, such as how it fits with the broader strategic plan, determination of functionalities needed, technical requirements and stakeholder engagement.

How does this health IT project fit into a broader strategic plan?

What business need does this project address? What are reasonable expectations for the outcome of this project?

Is the organization ready to install a new clinical system?

What are the specific functionalities that are needed in an EHR?

How will the new system affect current workflows?

What kind of technical support does the project require?

What is the process of converting paper records to electronic format?

Who are the key stakeholders in this project? How can they be engaged?

What are some proven ways of achieving buy-in from staff?

Developed by the Health Resources and Services Administration as a resource for health centers and other safety net and ambulatory care providers who are seeking to implement health IT.
Health Information Technology Toolboxes help health centers, safety net providers, and ambulatory care providers with electronic and online resources and technical assistance to improve patient care.  More>
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