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community health clinics, electronic health records, initiation, planning, project management



  1. Cortelyou-Ward, Kendall PhD
  2. Noblin, Alice PhD
  3. Martin, Jeremy BS


Community health centers exist to help their constituents become proactive in addressing their own health care needs and to improve the overall well-being of the community. However, they pose a different set of challenges when implementing an electronic health record system. This article applies 2 project management principles, initiation and early planning, to the electronic health record implementation in a community health center. Issues such as planning, financial considerations, and quality improvement are discussed.