E-Louisiana HIT Toolkit

Toolkit Cover PhotoThe Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians (LAFP) and the LHIT Resource Center (LHIT) worked together to develop a comprehensive toolkit to help guide physicians through the process of adopting an electronic health record (EHR) and achieving Meaningful Use.  The E-Louisiana HIT Toolkit is available to all members of the LAFP and LHIT courtesy of a grant awarded by the Physicians Foundation.

The purpose of the toolkit is to simplify the process and guide physicians through the adoption of an EHR system for use in their clinical practice.  Inside the E-Louisiana HIT Toolkit you will discover qualification and assessment wizards, guidance on working with the LHIT, tips on vendor selection and useful interactive worksheets to help guide you through EHR from inception to implementation. 
Using an EHR assessment designed by DOQ-IT, we have developed an interactive EHR Toolkit Preparedness Assessment to help measure levels of preparedness and guide your practice through the Toolkit.  The assessment is available in Microsoft Excel and is unprotected so clinical practices can make notes and customize.  Answer each question to determine if you are "Not Prepared", "Moderately Prepared", or "Highly Prepared" in important areas of the EHR decision making process.  The assessment contains direct hyperlinks in the areas within the toolkit that will provide necessary tools and guidance to help your practice move into the next level of preparedness and closer to EHR implementation.  Click here to view and download the E-Louisiana EHR Preparedness Assessment Please note that the link to the assessment may  not upload with certain versions of Internet Explorer.  If you have problems opening the file, please e-mail rleblanc@lafp.org to request a copy of the Preparedness Assessment.  
You can also click here for the full version of the e-Louisiana Health Information Technology Tool Kit.    

The ABCs of Electronic Health Records.  Do you worry that the challenges of using electronic health records (EHRs) in your practice might outweigh the benefits? Use our health information technology “tool kit” to calm your fears and put your practice on a path to EHR success.
Understanding Electronic Health Records.  For both consumers and providers of health care, a big benefit of living in the digital age is that individual health records can reside in a central, online location, and appropriate users can view and update them from health facilities and professional offices almost anywhere.
Laying the Groundwork.  Thoughtful planning is crucial to implementing a quality EHR system. We can help you create a solid foundation for your system by guiding you through basic steps such as setting appropriate goals, assessing skill and technology needs, and laying a path toward adoption of a system best-suited to your practice.
Making A Purchase.  As you explore options for implementing an EHR system, you will become familiar with a performance measure called “meaningful use,” which is an important component in evaluating an EHR system and qualifying for federal EHR incentives. Selecting the best vendor to supply your new system will be critical to ensuring your new EHR system achieves meaningful use.
Going Live.  Everything you have done has come down to this: It’s nearly time for your EHR system to go live! Now is a good time to review your goals and worksheets in preparation for testing your new system and evaluating its performance.
Maintaining the System.  You will likely breathe a sigh of relief once your EHR system is up and running as planned, but as with any such system, ongoing monitoring and maintenance are crucial. You will already have talked in detail with your vendors about security considerations, disaster recovery plans and ongoing oversight of your hardware and software.
Incentives & Assistance.  In 2004, President George W. Bush set a goal of implementing EHRs for most Americans. Under President Barack Obama, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) mandated support for the EHR initiative.
Resources.  Included in the resources section are important dates for CMS, glossary of acronyms and terms, and a quick and easy guide to the worksheets in our tool kit. See our Health Information Technology Timeline as a starting point. Our Glossary will also provide you with useful information.