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Health IT Implementation Toolbox

9 Steps to Implement EHRs

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The topics above outline nine important steps for implementing EHRs. Review each section to learn more about "What You Need to Know" and practical information about how to do it. Each implementation topic also includes links to supplementary resources for additional reading.

Why Use EHRs?

Effective use of EHRs is a must for everyone in the safety net community. The main goal of EHRs is improving the quality and safety of patient care. Having one accurate, up-to-date record that includes all of a patient's health information makes it easier for providers and patients to make better decisions.

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Also, providers who demonstrate they are using EHRs to meaningfully improve their care can receive financial incentives.

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