With the implementation of today’s major EMR systems, the vendors will suggest necessary staffing for the various analysts required to build and implement their software. The actual number of analysts recommended will depend on your organization's size and the implementation project's scope. Still, it is safe to assume that at least two analysts per application will be suggested. While adequate staffing is needed for a successful build and implementation, the long-term question to consider is, “what will my analyst staffing needs be after the implementation?”
Software vendors will provide recommended staffing models for post-go-live much like the recommended build team needed for implementation. In many cases, the numbers of analysts may be the same or very close. Some vendors will suggest that you should be able to scale back on the number of analysts post-go-live. Some will suggest that you can merge your analysts across applications and reduce the number. Your post-implementation staffing needs will vary significantly from your peer organizations, and there is no “one-size-fits-all” plan or formula for staffing. Several factors should be considered, however, when planning for your long-term staffing of revenue cycle application analysts:
Listen to your EMR vendor on their recommendations for post-implementation staffing needs for your analysts. But also, carefully consider these factors when making your final plans and budgets. Getting this correct from the onset will better prepare your organization and avoid the need for emergency hiring and/or staff reductions later.