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Using a custom mobile application for change management in an electronic health record implementation

Citation

Pirtle, Claude; Threatt, Tony; Johnson, Kevin (2020), Using a custom mobile application for change management in an electronic health record implementation , Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.mpg4f4qtt

Abstract

Objectives

Institutions cite managing the modification in infrastructure, technical support, and process change as substantial barriers to a successful electronic health record (EHR) implementation. In an effort to organize and centralize the complex scheduling, task completion and communication needs of a “big-bang” EHR go-live, we developed a unified communication system with the goal of improving implementation process efficiency. Our goal was to create a platform that would work across the medical enterprise.

Materials and Methods

We employed an agile process to design the application, called Hubbl, based on initial requirements and iteratively obtained stakeholder user. The final feature set included role specific organization, integrated communication, task and content management tooling, and embedded project information retrieval, all embedded into the end user’s day to day activities.

Results

User enrollment continually increased from launch in February of 2017 through go-live day. During the pre-go-live period, usage increased from an average of 7.37 events/user/day to 18.65 events/user/day with over 97 communications sent across all periods. 5,400 unique users accessed tip sheets and information retrieval tools averaged 28.84 searches/user/day during the go-live period with an average high of 46.33 searches/user/day five days post go-live. User access during go-live and post-go-live averaged 12.82 accesses/user/day and decreased from 20.42 average accesses on day one of go live to 14.07 averaged accesses on day 60 of post go live with over 727 tasks monitored to completion during all periods.

Conclusion

Hubbl was an essential component of our communication, task coordination, and change management strategy, for our EHR go live. Institutions that choose a unified mobile and web based platform during a substantial IT (information technology) implementation can feasibly ensure task completion, project coordination, and timely information dissemination.