What is an EMR Conversion?

An EMR conversion is the common term for when a hospital switches their medical records from paper to electronic, or from one type of electronic storage software to another. ‘EMR’ stands for Electronic Medical Records. Examples of some of the most widely used EMR/EHR systems include Cerner, McKesson, Epic, Allscripts, and eClinicalWorks.

Why do EMR Conversions happen?

EMR ConversionA section of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 declared that all healthcare providers must adopt and demonstrate a meaningful use of electronic medical records. The goal of this legislation was to improve quality, safety and privacy levels of medical records for both patients and practitioners.

While most hospitals have already complied with the new law to one degree or another, there are still training and systems adjustments underway all across the country.

What happens during the EMR Conversion?

While electronic medical records have proven to be big improvement over antiquated paper systems, sometimes the conversion period itself is a tough transition. The EMR conversion process can take months to complete. There must be rigorous planning beforehand and training for all staff using the new systems.

Taking an EMR Conversion assignment

During the EMR conversion many facilities bring in additional nurses, either to provide patient care while their staff trains on the new systems or to provide the training itself.

While most travel nursing jobs are typically 13 weeks long, conversion assignments may be shorter or longer, and may include additional perks like bonuses or increased pay.

Our traveling nurses often provide training and education for the EMR conversion. If brought in as an EMR conversion specialist, you will be asked to have strong proficiency with whichever EMR system the facility is using. This is a highly desired skill, and nurses who are able to train on EMR systems are in high demand!

In other cases, our travel nurses simply cover shifts for nurses and other medical staff during the transition, ensuring the patients are seamlessly receiving top-notch care. Our team is there for initial training, throughout implementation, and even after EMR conversion is finished, as the hospital desires.

Next steps

Whether you’re just getting started or you’re an experienced traveler, trustaff’s team of career specialists are always at the ready to help you become the most successful traveling nurse you can be! Contact us at 877-880-0346 or apply online today to learn more about our current EMR conversion job opportunities.


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