LeadingAge CAST updates EHR portfolio

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Majd Alwan, Ph.D.
Majd Alwan, Ph.D.

The LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies has updated its electronic health record portfolio with a new seven-stage EHR adoption model, as well as a new interactive online guide and a new case study.

"The CAST EHR selection portfolio's new seven-stage adoption model was tailored to help long-term care providers not only improve efficiency, but also quality of care for their residents," said Majd Alwan, Ph.D., executive director of CAST. “We hope that our new adoption model will make it easier for more and more providers to integrate advanced EHR functionalities into their operations, and use them to continuously improve care quality.”

The free tools — designed to help long-term and post-acute care provider organizations understand, plan for, identify and select the EHR system that best fit their needs — include:

  • whitepaper with a new interactive online guide designed to help organizations understand different EHR technology solutions, their uses and benefits, the planning process and the most important functionalities care providers need to consider when selecting an EHR.
  • A new CAST seven-stage EHR adoption model that provides a framework to assess the level of adoption and sophistication of use, as opposed to just the overall rate of adoption, of EHRs in long-term and post-acute care.
  • An enhanced product selection matrix and online selection tool that compares 20 different products to help providers better understand functionalities offered by commercially available LTPAC EHRs. This year, the product selection matrix is also published in Excel format to allow providers to sort and delete products, as well as perform side-by-side functionality comparisons of only products of interest to them.
  • A new case study that details a real-life example of how Avante Group drove quality, efficiency and bottom-line using PointClickCare's own seven-stage adoption model.  

The new CAST seven-stage adoption model is generic and based on the types of functionalities, their sophistication and focus, as opposed to rigid specific functions. This approach makes the model applicable to multiple LTPAC settings and business lines. This sets the CAST adoption model apart from previous EHR adoption models, which focused primarily on inpatient settings such as hospitals and nursing homes.

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