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Meritas Health Primary Care, Specialty Practices Prepare for Unified EMR

One ViewMeritas Health primary care and specialty clinics and North Kansas City Hospital go live with integrated patient records March 30 and May 11, respectively.

As those deadlines near, physicians can rest assured they will be ready to “go live.”

“Meritas Health physicians and staff will continue to receive education, with NKCH Information Technology staff providing training at NKCH and follow-up practice sessions within their respective clinics prior to go live,” said Chief Medical Information Officer Todd J. Beardman, MD, a hospitalist with Meritas Health Hospitalists.

Training Dates

Phase 1: Primary Care Clinics

  • Staff and provider training: March 9-22, 2020
  • In-clinic practice: March 23-28, 2020
  • Go live: March 30, 2020

Phase 2: Specialty Clinics

  • Staff and provider training: April 20-May 3, 2020
  • In-clinic practice: May 4-9, 2020
  • Go live: May 11, 2020

In each of two phases — one for primary care and one for specialty clinics — NKCH IT staff will lead a fourfold, seven-week project implementation process for Meritas Health practices:

  1. Staff and provider training: Three weeks prior to go live, staff and providers will train for two weeks in classrooms at NKCH; practice administrators have slated time for these training sessions, which run between four and eight hours, depending on the person’s role
  2. In-clinic practice: After office hours during the week prior to go live, staff and providers will work through scenarios on their own to test their knowledge; NKCH IT facilitators will be on-site to assist as needed
  3. Go live: Support staff will provide “at-the-elbow” support in the clinics for two weeks; NKCH IT will operate a command center at NKCH so they may quickly address any issues during go live
  4. After go live: For two weeks, IT support staff will optimize workflows using analytics to ensure provider and staff efficiency

“The in-clinic practice sessions will be like a dress rehearsal, with scenarios for check-in, registration, nursing intake, the provider visit, checkout and other workflows,” Dr. Beardman said. “For go-live support, we are covering 529 shifts, so a number of staff will be on hand.”

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Todd J. Beardman, MD

Todd Beardman, MDDr. Beardman earned his medical degree from and was a resident in internal medicine/pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.