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Meaningful Use Changes in Stage 2 – New EHR Software Requirements

MU Stage 2

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Meaningful Use Stage 2 – Further EHR Capabilities and Analysis

Initial analysis of the first few objectives can be found in this article.

80% of patient have blood pressure, height & weight recorded as structured data.

The recent changes to Meaningful Use Stage 1 require that blood pressure is recorded for patients 3 years old and older, and height and weight for all patients.

This is more of a stretch than the demographics requirement, but is again reasonable and attainable objective for the second stage of the MU initiative.

80% patient over 13 have smoking status recorded as structured data.

This is fairly straightforward, and as it’s required (at a lower threshhold) in stage 1, most EHRs wil have their reporting configured to be able to accurately capture this, and providers are likely collecting this already on many. 80% is a higher metric, but we see this objective as low hanging fruit, provided the forms and templates are accurately capturing this and reports are configured appropriately to show this.

Implement five Clinical Decision Support rules. Enable and Implement drug to drug and drug to allergy checks.

Now, we’re stepping up the requirements. Depending on the quality reporting your organization is submitting, you may not be reporting on compliance with these Clinical Decision Support rules, but at this stage they do need to be implemented to meet the objective. It is ideal to get a good idea of how these function and how they are build and adjusted, during the EMR evaluation process.

We envision CMS stepping up this requirement to a compliance level in Stage 3, but we’ll see what comes of this.

Drug/drug and drug/allergy checks are a logical feature to utilize once an EHR is deployed, and should be utilized for patient safety.

We will be posting further analysis shortly, including additional objective changes that will impact your organization.

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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 Companies Achieving Meaningful Use Certification

CCHIT continues to certify EMR companies for ONC-ATCB Compliance – which means they are meaningful use certified. They are certifying them for limited measures, often just for family practice measures, and then the EMR vendors follow up to receive certifications on the specialty-specific measures. As always, when comparing EMR software options, be sure to put your organization’s needs (patient care quality, efficiencies, etc) before the government’s meaningful use objectives.


ABELMed EHR – EMR / PM 11

EMR Company EMR Technologysort icon ONC-ATCB Certified Certification Period CCHIT Certified Certification Period
Pulse Systems 2011 Pulse Complete EHR 2011 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
Waiting Room Solutions 2011 Waiting Room Solutions Web Based EHR and Practice… Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
4Medica 4medica Inpatient Cloud IHR (Integrated Health Record) with… Hospital
EHR Module
2011/2012
ABEL Medical Software Inc. Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
Abraxas Medical Solutions, Inc Abraxas EMR 4.1.7 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Health IT Services Group Acumen EHR 6.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
Compulink Advantage/EHR 10 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
Integritas, Inc. Agility EHR 10 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
AllMeds, Inc. AllMeds EHR 9 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Allscripts Allscripts ED 6.3 Service Release 4 Hospital
EHR Module
2011/2012 Emergency 2011
Allscripts Allscripts PeakPractice 5.5 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
Allscripts Allscripts Professional EHR 9.2 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
AmazingCharts.com, Inc. Amazing Charts Version 6 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
American Medical Software American Medical Software – EMR 22 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
Aprima Medical Software, Inc Aprima 2011 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
athenahealth, Inc athenaClinicals 10.12 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Benchmark Systems Benchmark Clinical Version 6.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
CitiusTech, Inc. BI-Clinical Framework 10.3 Eligible Provider
EHR Module
2011/2012
MedPlus, A Quest Diagnostics Company Care360 EHR 2010.2 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Qualifacts Systems, Inc. CareLogic CareLogic Enterprise Version Eligible Provider
EHR Module
2011/2012
GE Healthcare Centricity Advance 10.1 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
GE Healthcare Centricity EMR 9.5 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
GE Healthcare Centricity Practice Solution 9.5 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
CredenceHealth CH Live 1.0 Hospital
EHR Module
2011/2012
Prognosis Health Information Systems ChartAccess 4.0 Hospital
Complete EHR
2011/2012
STI Computer Services, Inc. ChartMaker Medical Suite 3.7 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Iatric Systems, Inc Clinical Document Exchange Client Server 1.5.0 Hospital
EHR Module
2011/2012
DigiDMS, Inc. ClinicSpectrum Enterprise 10.8 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
Sabiamed Corporation ClinNext Ambulatory EHR 3.0 Eligible Provider
EHR Module
2011/2012
Covisint Covisint DocSite MU MU Stage 1 Eligible Provider
EHR Module
2011/2012
CPSI (Computer Programs and Systems), Inc. CPSI Medical Practice EMR V 17 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
CPSI (Computer Programs and Systems), Inc. CPSI System 17 Hospital
Complete EHR
2011/2012
CureMD Corporation CureMD EHR Version 10 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
Cyfluent, Inc. Cyfluent Chart 2.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
digiChart, Inc. digiChart OBGYN 8.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
DocPatientNetwork Doctations 2.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
DoctorsPartner, LLC. DoctorsPartner EMR/PM 5.0 Eligible Provider
EHR Module
2011/2012
eClinicalWorks LLC eClinicalWorks 8.0.48 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
eClinicalWorks LLC eClinicalWorks 9.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
MPN Software Systems, Inc. ECLIPSE 2011 Eligible Provider
EHR Module
2011/2012
EDIMS, LLC EDIMS 2.6 Hospital
EHR Module
2011/2012 Emergency 2011
eHealth Made EASY, LLC eHealth Made EASY 3.0 Eligible Provider
EHR Module
2011/2012
eHealth Made EASY, LLC eHealth Made EASY 3.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
eHealth Made EASY, LLC eHealth Made EASY 3.0 Hospital
EHR Module
2011/2012
Office Ally EHR 24/7 3.6.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
E-Health Partners, Inc. EHRez 3.5 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
3M Health Information Systems, Inc. Electronic Signature Authentication™ Software 5 Hospital
EHR Module
2011/2012
Origin Healthcare Solutions EMRge 8.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Epic Systems Corporation EpicCare Ambulatory – Core EMR 2010 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Epic Systems Corporation EpicCare Ambulatory – Core EMR Spring 2008 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
Epic Systems Corporation EpicCare Ambulatory – Core EMR Summer 2009 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Epic Systems Corporation EpicCare Inpatient – Core EMR 2010 Hospital
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Epic Systems Corporation EpicCare Inpatient – Core EMR Spring 2008 Hospital
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Inpatient 2011
Epic Systems Corporation EpicCare Inpatient – Core EMR Summer 2009 Hospital
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Infomedika, Inc. Evolution EHR 1.0 Hospital
EHR Module
2011/2012
Jardogs Follow My Health 1.0 Eligible Provider
EHR Module
2011/2012
gMed, Inc. gCardio 4.13.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
gMed, Inc. gCare 4.13.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
gMed, Inc. gGastro 4.13.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Glenwood Systems LLC GlaceEMR 4.5 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
gloStream, Inc. gloEMR 6.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
gMed, Inc. gUro 4.13.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Health Care Systems, Inc. HCS eMR 4.0 Hospital
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Healthland, Inc. Healthland Clinical Information System (CIS) V9.5 Hospital
Complete EHR
2011/2012
MDLAND iClinic Comprehensive EHR 12 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Meditab Software, Inc. IMS v. 14.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
Ingenix Ingenix CareTracker 7 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
MED3000, Inc InteGreat EHR 6.4 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
SuiteMed Intelligent Medical Software (IMS) V14 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Validus Medical Systems inTouch 2.2.0 Hospital
EHR Module
2011/2012
Intuit Health Intuit Health Personal Health Record 10.7 Eligible Provider
EHR Module
2011/2012
Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc INVISION EHR 2010 Hospital
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc INVISION EHR B2 2010 Hospital
EHR Module
2011/2012
Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc INVISION EHR B3 2010 Hospital
EHR Module
2011/2012
Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc INVISION EHR B4 2010 Hospital
EHR Module
2011/2012
IO Practiceware, Inc. IO Practiceware 7.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
MCS – Medical Communication Systems, Inc. iPatientCare 10.8 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
MedLink International, Inc iSuite 4.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
KeyMedical Software, Inc. KeyChart 4.0.0.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
LeonardoMD, Inc. LeonardoMD Virtuoso 1.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
LG CNS Co., Ltd. (Korea) LG CNS Clinical Systems 1.0 Hospital
EHR Module
2011/2012
McKesson Provider Technologies Lytec MD 2011 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
MacPractice, Inc. MacPractice MD 4.1 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
ManagementPlus ManagementPlus 5 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
Consilience Software Maven 4.0 Eligible Provider
EHR Module
2011/2012
First Insight Corp MaximEyes SQL Electronic Health Records 1.1.0.0 Eligible Provider
EHR Module
2011/2012
First Insight Corp MaximEyes SQL Electronic Health Records 1.1.0.0 Eligible Provider
EHR Module
2011/2012
McKesson Provider Technologies McKesson Practice Complete 7.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
Vision Infonet Inc MDCare EMR 4.2 Eligible Provider
EHR Module
2011/2012
Rheumatology and Dermatology Associates PC Medcomplete 1.1 Eligible Provider
EHR Module
2011/2012
Community Computer Service, Inc. MEDENT 19.5 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
MedEvolve LLC MedEvolve EHR 4.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
Medical Office Online, Inc. Medical Office Online 2.2 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Medicat, LLC Medicat 2011 10.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
Advanced Data Systems Corporation MedicsDocAssistant Version 5.2 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
McKesson Provider Technologies Medisoft Clinical V17 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc MedSeries4 EHR 2010 Hospital
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc MedSeries4 EHR B2 2010 Hospital
EHR Module
2011/2012
meridianEMR, Inc. meridianEMR v5.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
Henry Schein Medical Systems MicroMD EMR 7.5 Eligible Provider
EHR Module
2011/2012
NeoDeck Software NeoMed EHR 3.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
NexTech Systems Inc. NexTech Practice 2011 9.7 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
nextEMR, LLC nextEMR, LLC 1.5 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
NextGen Healthcare NextGen Ambulatory EHR 5.6 SP1 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
NextGen Healthcare NextGen Inpatient Clinicals 2.4 Hospital
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Inpatient 2011
Nortec Software Inc Nortec EHR 7.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
Eyefinity/OfficeMate OfficeMate/ExamWRITER 10.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
OIS OIS EMR 4.1.7 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Integrated Systems Management, Inc. OmniMD Version 11.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
Altos Solutions, Inc. OncoEMR 2.6 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Keane, Inc. Healthcare Solutions Division Optimum V3.1.0 Hospital
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Iatric Systems, Inc Patient Discharge Instructions 3.0 Hospital
EHR Module
2011/2012
3M Health Information Systems, Inc. Patient Financial Services (PFS) Document Management™ Software 5 Hospital
EHR Module
2011/2012
PatientKeeper PatientKeeper 7.0 Hospital
EHR Module
2011/2012
Business Computer Applications, Inc Pearl EMR 7.0 Eligible Provider
EHR Module
2011/2012
PeriGen PeriBirth 4.5.0 Hospital
EHR Module
2011/2012
PeriGen PeriBirth 4.5.1 Hospital
EHR Module
2011/2012
Iatric Systems, Inc PHR Connect 1.3 Hospital
EHR Module
2011/2012
Universal EMR Solutions Physician’s Solution 5.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
Picis Picis ED PulseCheck 5.0 Hospital
EHR Module
2011/2012
Cerner Corporation Powerchart, Cerner Healthe, IQHealth, HealthSentry and P2… Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Cerner Corporation Powerchart, Cerner Healthe, IQHealth, HealthSentry, and P2… Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Cerner Corporation Powerchart, Cerner Healthe, IQHealth, HealthSentry, Cerner… Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Cerner Corporation Powerchart, Cerner Healthe, IQHealth, HealthSentry, Cerner… Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Cerner Corporation Powerchart, Cerner Healthe, IQHealth, HealthSentry, Cerner… Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Cerner Corporation Powerchart, FirstNet, Cerner ProFile, HealthSentry, Cerner… Hospital
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Cerner Corporation Powerchart, FirstNet, Cerner ProFile, HealthSentry, Cerner… Hospital
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Cerner Corporation Powerchart, FirstNet, Cerner ProFile, HealthSentry, Cerner… Hospital
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Cerner Corporation Powerchart, FirstNet, HealthSentry, and P2 Sentinel (Powered by… Hospital
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Cerner Corporation Powerchart, FirstNet, HealthSentry, and P2 Sentinel (Powered by… Hospital
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Cerner Corporation Powerchart, FirstNet, HealthSentry, and P2 Sentinel (Powered by… Hospital
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Cerner Corporation Powerworks, Cerner Healthe, IQHealth, HealthSentry, and P2… Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Cerner Corporation Powerworks, Cerner Healthe, IQHealth, HealthSentry, Cerner… Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
McKesson Provider Technologies Practice Partner 9.5 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
Prematics Prematics 2.6 Eligible Provider
EHR Module
2011/2012
PriMedx Solutions, LLC PriMedx EHR 10.8 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc. PrimeSuite 2011 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
UNI/CARE Systems, Inc Pro-Filer(TM) 2011 Hospital
EHR Module
2011/2012
UNI/CARE Systems, Inc Pro-Filer(TM) 2011.0 Eligible Provider
EHR Module
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
BizMatics Inc PrognoCIS Version 2.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
Iatric Systems, Inc PtAccess 1.0.11 Hospital
EHR Module
2011/2012
QuadraMed Corporation QuadraMed Computerized Patient Record (QCPR) 5.2.0 Hospital
Complete EHR
2011/2012
ACOM Health RAPID 7.0 Eligible Provider
EHR Module
2011/2012
DrFirst Rcopia MU 3.x Eligible Provider
EHR Module
2011/2012
Health Innovation Technologies, Inc. RevolutionEHR 5.1.0 Eligible Provider
EHR Module
2011/2012
Networking Technology dba RxNT RxNT EHR 7.0 Eligible Provider
EHR Module
2011/2012
Sammy Systems SammyEHR 5.1.1 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
simplifyMD, LLC simplifyMD SP12 Eligible Provider
EHR Module
2011/2012
SOAPware, Inc. SOAPware 2011 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc Soarian EHR 2010 Hospital
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc Soarian EHR B2 2010 Hospital
EHR Module
2011/2012
Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc Soarian EHR B3 2010 Hospital
EHR Module
2011/2012
StreamlineMD, LLC StreamlineMD 10.8 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
SuccessEHS SuccessEHS 6.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
Sunquest Information Systems, Inc. Sunquest Laboratory 6.4.2 Hospital
EHR Module
2011/2012
Allscripts Sunrise Acute Care 5.5 Hospital
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Inpatient 2011
Allscripts Sunrise Acute Care Module Set 5.5 Hospital
EHR Module
2011/2012
Allscripts Sunrise Ambulatory Care Module Set 5.5 Eligible Provider
EHR Module
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
Allscripts Sunrise Emergency Care 5.5 Hospital
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Emergency 2011
Allscripts Sunrise Emergency Care Module Set 5.5 Hospital
EHR Module
2011/2012
Allscripts Sunrise Patient Portal and Sunrise Acute Care EHR Sunrise… Hospital
EHR Module
2011/2012
Allscripts Sunrise Patient Portal and Sunrise Ambulatory Care EHR Sunrise… Eligible Provider
EHR Module
2011/2012
SynaMed, LLC SynaMed, LLC Version 5.4 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Sindhu Synergy, LTD SynergyEHR 1.1 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
T-System Technologies, Ltd. T System EV 2.7 Hospital
EHR Module
2011/2012
T-System Technologies, Ltd. T SystemEV 2.7 Eligible Provider
EHR Module
2011/2012
M2comsys INC dba MSQUARED T-CAS (Total Clinic Automation Solution) 2.2 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
BioMedix Vascular Solutions TRAKnet Practice Management Software 2.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Tu Record Corp TuRecord Version 2.3 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012
Intuitive Medical Software UroChartEHR 4.0 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
Medical Informatics Engineering WebChart EHR Version 5.1 Eligible Provider
Complete EHR
2011/2012 Ambulatory 2011
WellCentive WellCentive EHR-M 1.0 Eligible Provider
EHR Module
2011/2012
Wellsoft Corporation Wellsoft EDIS v11 Hospital
EHR Module
2011/2012 Emergency 2011

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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Meaningful Use and EMR Software Comparison

Meaningful Use is the hottest buzzword in Health IT right now. The PCAST report (President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) provided this summary: Recent Federal legislation has charted a new path forward. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, authorized expenditures of at least $20 billion to promote the adoption and use of EHR technologies that would ideally be connected through a national health information network. Hospitals and physicians who make “meaningful use” of interoperable EHRs can qualify for extra payments through Medicare and Medicaid.

EMR Software Meaningful Use

Vendors are quickly pursuing Meaningful Use certification for 3rd parties such as CCHIT. To qualify for these incentive dollars, providers must be using a Meaningful Use certified EMR product. That’s only one of many requirements that will incur workflow changes and additional possible investments. Providers and administrators are encouraged to consider Meaningful Use when beginning the EMR software selection process and EMR implementation. However, it is more important to select a product that will be supported and upgraded, and will best meet your hospital’s or clinic’s needs.

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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?