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Creation Date

Spring 2015


Health Services Administration


Health Promotion and Administration




Cathy M. Andersen

Mentor Department

Health Promotion and Administration


The purpose of this demonstration project was to select an electronic health record (EHR) that would fit the needs of a for-profit, home health care facility. The use of an EHR system is a nationwide trend spurred by federal regulations to improve communication of patient data to enhance patient care. The EHR selection methodology followed the systems development life cycle (SDLC) model. The SDLC team first analyzed the major information problems of the facility. Clinical and clerical staff surveys were conducted, information flowcharts were developed, and a S.W.O.T. analysis of the current environment was performed. Many problems were found concerning the flow of information, including patient referral issues, poor forms control, lack of software and hardware interoperability, a reliance on paper, and the potential for errors in patient files. An EHR can improve or solve these problems. Specific goals and objectives for the EHR solution were written to guide the selection. A variety of vendors were considered and narrowed to three finalists. After performing a cost benefit analysis, an EHR was chosen. An implementation plan was devised, including the development of EHR security policies, testing procedures, and employee training. A method to evaluate the new system was also created. The success of a small SDLC team is encouraging to small healthcare facilities that need guidance selecting an EHR. The tools of the SDLC process are familiar to managers and effective in diverse settings.

Novel Aspect

Healthcare organizations are adopting EHRs and joining information exchanges to facilitate the communication of patient data. This project demonstrates the practical application of the SDLC model to a home health care setting.