Category Archives: EHR Software

Health Care Trends and EHR Systems

The EHR and HIS markets have boomed over the past five years, and a clear winner is Epic of Wisconsin. The owner is now reportedly a billionaire, and the company continues to win hospitals across the nation away from their top competitors.

There’s no sign that their growth is slowing soon. Even while HIS adaption may slow, Epic still has many hospitals to win away from competitors, and many mechanisms to do this. One of the major selling points is an integrated system that works across the outpatient clinics and inpatient hospital departments. While they don’t have every module perfect or ideal, they have become the safe choice for hospital systems looking to carefully move to an integrated system. While the database technology is ancient by IT standards, it continues to be the choice for hospitals that can afford it. Affordability is a key concern; hospitals have frequently ran into cost increases during the Epic implementation. The health care system purchasing Epic has to be prepared for a cost that will run far above the initial investment.

Leading competitors are looking for niches that they can win and protect against Epic. This would most apparently be the small hospital market, where Epic will not allow them to purchase their software through the vendor. Instead, these hospitals can be purchase through area health systems that are larger and would then operate the environment and offer it’s use out to the small hospital. This isn’t always appealing, as many small facilities may prefer to keep some control of their system, and not align so closely with a system that may even be a competitor.


Health IT Overview and EMR Evaluation

EHR Overview

What are the best systems out there for Electronic Health Record management? There are over 500 systems out there now, which can make for a very interesting evaluation process. However, when you look at quality scores and interoperability (how well the system exchanges data with other systems) the list will narrow. KLAS is a reputable organization that provides survey results for comprehensive comparison of the systems on the market.

Getting Started

Start evaluating the leading vendors. Ask questions about support, implementation, updates, Meaningful Use compliance. Are they close on Stage 2 compliance? Are they ready for ICD-10? You want to be sure to sign up with a company that is keeping up with the rapidly changing requirements of the health care industry. Certifications for these requirements are a must for any vendors you consider.

Be very inquistive during the demos. Ask to see ePrescribing and ordering of labs. Many systems require middleware for these operations, but many others don’t, so if this is important to you, don’t setting for a system that doesn’t have all the capabilities you need built in. Ask to see the reporting – do they have capable MU dashboards? Do they have a patient portal that can be customized to match the clinic’s branding? Is secure messaging built in so the doc doesn’t have to leave the EHR to communicate with patients and other providers electronically?

In Summary

Evaluation is critical and you don’t want to be one of the many clinics that are now shopping for replacement systems, because they made the wrong first selection. It’s too expensive and painful to going through the selection and implementation twice! Again, support and implementation services are critical. Talk to customers and get the real scoop on how these projects were handled, and how support works currently. You are now on track to picking the best system for your organization’s needs.

Good luck to you! Start here:


Meaningful Use Stage 2 Overview and EMR Selection

MU Stage 2

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Meaningful Use Stage 2 Overview and EHR Selection

As expected, EMR software usage will need to be stepped up and functionality will need to be added. We encouraged a detailed review of the full Meaningful Use requirements, but you do have until 2014 to stage 2, so if your organization is consumed with Stage 1 at this time, the below highlights will give you sneak peek at what’s coming next.

EMR vendors will be required to get re-certifed as Meaningful Use Certified EHRs, due to some of these changes. The majority of the adjustments are simply increased thresholds applied to the Stage 1 objectives.

Your team will need to consider the current and future objectives your selection process when evaluating options for electronic medical records.
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60% of medication, lab, and radiology orders created by the eligible provider are now required to be recorded in the electronic medical record, using computerized physician order entry.

EMR Orders

This can be a major workflow change, and there are different schools of thought as to whether this should be implemented at time of the EHR implementation, or if this is more appropriate as a later phase to the implementation.

Entering orders electronically means that when results are returned by interface, they can often be linked automatically to the order that was placed. This is an important functionality aspect to review when comparing EMR software systems. Also, it is ideal to be able to submit the order and enter all the notes regarding the order, directly into the EMR if possible, instead of via a third party tool.

If you’re going to plan on this for your EMR implementation, you might as well take the next steps and initiate plans to be able to send those orders electronically to the receiving facility. The major labs, i.e. Quest and many others, are now able to receive orders electronically. With the outbound orders to the lab, and then incoming results returning to the EHR system, you will have eliminated a paper-intensive process.
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65% scripts are compared to at least one drug formulary and transmitted electronically.

EHR Prescription

This is an increase, but certainly fits in the direction that we have seen the CMS pressing. Most EHRs have this functionality, but again, you may want to determine whether this is accomplished through a 3rd party add on application, or if the system itself can handle eRx submission to SureScripts, etc.

One frustrating aspect of this is that providers are often in a position of prescribing to the pharmacy requesting by the patient, even when that pharmacy has not established the ability to received perscriptions electronically yet. We would expect pressure in the medical community to change this.
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80% patients have demographics recorded as structured data in the EMR.

Patient Demographics

This requirement is somewhat a no-brainer, and there are few EMRs remaining on the market that don’t offer this as a given. When the PM is integrated into the EMR, or independent, this can be eaily accomplished. Quality reporting, patient letters, and much more is dependent on structured demographic data.

Further analysis is underway and will be posted shortly.


EMR Software Overview – Greenway EMR, McKesson Practice Partner EMR, e-MDs EMR, Centricity EMR

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One of our most popular articles features an overview of several EMR software vendors. These EMR systems range from up & coming to tried & true. We focus below on the vendors’ summary of their ambulatory solutions, but each provides inpatient systems as well. Learn more below, and complete our form to get matched to the best EMR software options for your hospital or clinic.

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Greenway EMR Software

PrimeSUITE®, Greenway’s fully integrated EHR, practice management and interoperability solution, improves care, reduces errors and simplifies business processes. PrimeSUITE integrates all clinical, financial and administrative data in a single database to promote information sharing and ensure quick adoption through simple, intuitive tools that optimize daily processes. Designed by Greenway’s team of physicians, clinicians, practice administrators, hospital executives, community leaders and healthcare stakeholders dedicated to using technology to improve healthcare, PrimeSUITE can be customized to adapt to your existing workflow.

PrimeSUITE is a single integrated database with electronic health record, practice management and interoperability functionality. PrimeSUITE is comprised of EHR functionality including a patient chart, numerous clinical tools and content management pages, as well as practice management functionality with accounts receivable, registration, scheduling and reporting components.


McKesson Practice Partner EMR Software


Practice Partner® Patient Records is an award-winning electronic medical record system that provides a host of innovative tools to improve both office and clinical efficiency while helping to improve quality of care. Our electronic medical record software allows practices to replace their paper charts with a comprehensive feature set utilized nationwide by medical offices of all sizes and specialties
Benefits:

Improves documentation quality (legible, organized, complete)
Facilitates better patient communication
Accommodates different physician styles through flexible progress note templates
Improves medication management
Enhances efficiency of signing of charts

Features:

Bright Note Technology™
Choice of data entry methods
Single-screen progress note entry saves clicks and eliminates “jumping around”
Prescription writing, faxing and drug interaction/allergy checking
Built-in protocols and reminders (including health maintenance)


e-MDs EMR Software


e-MDs Solution Series is the standard for affordable and integrated EHR / EMR & PRACTICE MANAGEMENT software solutions.

Designed by physicians to improve care, reduce errors and simplify business so that time spent with patients is quality time automatically billed and coded properly. Visit, code and bill with a single application.


Centricity EMR Software


Centricity EMR (formerly Logician®) is an electronic medical record (EMR) system that enables ambulatory care physicians and clinical staff to document patient encounters, streamline clinical workflow, and securely exchange clinical data with other providers, patients, and information systems.

Centricity EMR is used by thousands of physicians to manage millions of patient records; making it the most widely used ambulatory care electronic medical record. Centricity EMR empowers healthcare providers to deliver the highest quality of care at lower costs.

Learn about Epic EMR, eClinicalWorks EMR, AllScripts EMR, and NextGen EMR software here.

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EMR Software Reviews – Epic EMR, eClinicalWorks EMR, AllScripts EMR, NextGen EMR

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This site is free to health care staff and providers. We provide a simple, powerful online EMR software comparison tool, which helps you determine the best electronic medical records system for your specific needs.

Answer a few questions here now and save a lot of research time in the future. Learn about features, implementation, and pricing for EMR systems that best match your needs.

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Four leading EMR software vendors are attracting attention even from customers with current EMR systems. A recent report indicates that a third of current users of electronic medical records are looking to replace their systems, and Epic, NextGen, eClinicalWorks, and AllScripts are the most frequently considered EMR applications.

Here is high level overview of each EMR company. We focus below on the vendors’ summary of their ambulatory solutions, but each provides inpatient systems as well.

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AllScripts EMR Software

Intuitive: Allscripts Professional EHR thinks the way you do. Its intuitive design mimics practice workflow, while its simple and flexible navigation mirrors a physician’s thinking process. And with anytime/anywhere access to information via Allscripts Remote on your iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry or Android smartphone, Professional EHR puts you back in control of your day.

Affordable: Allscripts Professional is the EHR that pays you back: There’s never been a better time to implement this Stimulus-ready EHR. Flexible financing options—including zero payments for the first six months—and a proven return on investment make Allscripts Professional the clear choice.

Connected: Allscripts Professional keeps your practice connected to over 50,000 pharmacies, more labs than any other vendor, virtually every payer, and most importantly, connected to patients through the Allscripts Patient Portal.

Complete: With comprehensive EHR and Practice Management/Claims Processing Solutions bundled into one, Allscripts Professional is everything you need in an EHR solution. Plus, with hundreds of pre-loaded templates in more than 20 specialties, no matter what your specialty Allscripts Professional EHR has you covered.

With over 180,000 physicians using our solutions, Allscripts is the safe choice and the industry leader. There’s no reason to wait any longer.

Epic EMR Software


The EpicCare EMR is rated #1 in its category by KLAS Enterprises – and has been for the last 10 years straight. The system makes physicians more productive by simplifying the important patient-facing elements of care delivery.

EpicCare is a physician-friendly system in use by providers representing more than 100 specialties. It installs easily with our pre-built Model System and configures to meet specific workflow requirements. Instead of starting from scratch, Epic customers build on the content from successful customers – including decision support, order sets, reports and documentation tools. The result is a faster path to effective chronic care management and measurable quality gains.


eClinicalWorks EMR Software


Featured Advantages:
* Improved workflow – Unified with the eClinicalWorks Practice Management system, patient flow from check-in to departure is streamlined. Workflow from the front desk to physicians to billing office staff is seamless. Documentation is faster using templates, drop-down lists, and more
* Customizable – Many features within the EMR software can be configured on a per provider basis. This means eClinicalWorks will accommodate to how the providers like to work; not the other way around
* Access clinical content – All of your practice data is at your fingertips, whether you’re in the office, an exam room, or at home. Manage medications, access labs and test results, clinical decision support, and patient education materials are just some of the crucial types of information available in an instant. Provided are the tools needed for healthcare quality measures and patient disease management using built-in Registry and Quality Measure Reporting
* Communication – eClinicalWorks EMR makes it easy to send and receive information – whether it’s an alert to a colleague down the hall, a referral to a specialist across town, or an exchange of data with a hospital in another state. Electronic prescribing is also available
* Unification – The EMR is just one part of the eClinicalWorks Comprehensive Electronic Health Record Solution. All products were developed by one company and will function as one powerful system.
* ARRA Meaningful Use – eClinicalWorks provides all of the features needed for qualifying practices to receive Meaningful Use reimbursement


NextGen EMR Software


Why NextGen: Our award-winning, 2011 CCHIT certified NextGen Ambulatory EHR offers unique features that set us apart from other systems:
* Pre-built clinical templates and workflow for over 26 specialties ensure complete, accurate documentation stored in a standard format.
* Disease management templates capture discrete data at the point of care to meet clinical reporting guidelines for pay-for-performance programs.
* ePrescribing that automatically checks prescriptions against a patient’s medications and allergies.
* Integration with the NextGen product suite to enable consistent, real-time clinical and administrative workflow among providers, hospitals, and patients.

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EMR Software: Beyond Meaningful Use

Compare EMR put out a thoughtful note regarding the current stimulus incentive dollars:

EMR vendors are quickly scooping up Meaningful Use certifications on their systems. They know it’s not optional – it’s mandatory for their survival – so they are ensuring they get certified. This means that the certification is not the key to finding the right system.

Obviously, it’s important to review costs when you compare EMR systems. But it is just as important to look at workflows and implementations processes.

An EMR implementation cannot be done in 8 hours. If the vendor isn’t prepared to work with you at a level you are comfortable with, you may want to look elsewhere.

Also, challenge the prospective EMR vendors to show you your workflows in their system. It may require some build on their part, but they should be able to show you how the system will look when it’s live in your environment, for your practice and your specialty specifically.

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Health Information Exchanges and the EMR Selection Process

When comparing EMR software solutions, keep in mind the need for interconnectivity with outside systems: local hospitals, labs, transcription services, and many other beyond those. It’s crucial that the vendors you are considering can currently accommodate exports and imports via interfaces. You will want to exchange at least demographics, labs, meds, allergies, problems.

Beyond these interfaces, a bigger-picture plan is in the works from HHS. They are funding and planning projects to provide data pathways for hospitals and clinics across each state, potentially building a country wide Health Information Exchange.

Here is a summary from the ONC:

About the State HIE Cooperative Agreement Program
In February and March 2010, ONC granted 56 awards totaling $548 million to help states (including territories) develop and advance resources to facilitate the exchange of health information among health care providers and hospitals within their jurisdictions to ultimately encourage and support information exchange across states. The awards were made to states or organizations designated by states to participate in the program. The program aims to ensure that every eligible health care provider has at least one option for health information exchange that meets the requirements of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, defined by CMS in a final rule released on July 13, 2010. To this end, awardees will use their funding to:

* Create and implement up-to-date privacy and security requirements for HIE
* Coordinate with Medicaid and state public health programs to establish an integrated approach
* Monitor and track meaningful use HIE capabilities in their state
* Set strategy to meet gaps in HIE capabilities
* Ensure consistency with national standards

HIE is fundamental to realizing the full potential of meaningful use of electronic health records and health information technology that can lead to improved coordination, quality, and efficiency of health care.

The PCAST (President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) report on Health Information Technology highlighted the capabilities of an EMR to exchange data in structured format, allowed more helpful and real time data to be submitted for clinical trials and community health trending.

EMR Software Pro consultants have seen first hand that the “structured” or “discrete” data elements in an EMR software lead to a standardization of data in patient charts. This opens the door to sharing, trending, efficiency, and other benefits to improve patient health and health care costs.

Hospitals and clinics seeking to compare EMR systems should inquire about vendors’ roadmaps. What are their plans to be a part of future HIEs and allow you to take advantage of the increased communication, information, and cooperation?