NextGen EMR Software

Regarding NextGen EMR, here are the advantages of their electronic medical record software:

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.

Advanced Security

Permission-based user log-ins and audit trails prevent unauthorized access to records and maintain data integrity. Data is time stamped with the user’s identification.
Clinical Content

Developed by specialists, built-in workflow and clinical templates for over 26 specialties offer options for documenting specialty-specific HPIs, procedures, histories, assessments, and more.
Coding Optimization & Compliance

E&M coding calculator helps to prevent lost charges and to maximize reimbursement based on audit-proof documentation.
Disease Management

Disease management templates for diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic diseases, prompt providers to enter required information to meet clinical guidelines at point of care.
Health Maintenance

Providers can determine overdue patient exams, screenings, immunizations, and tests, create orders, and customize schedules, ensuring patient compliance and preventive care.
Lab & Device Connectivity

An extensive offering of lab interfaces and electronic data exchange with diagnostic devices provides physicians with real-time access to up-to-date data for higher quality of care.
ePrescribing & Medications Module

To help prevent interactions and errors, prescriptions are automatically checked against a patient’s medications and allergies before electronically transmitting to the pharmacy.
Image Management

Printed documents and clinical images can be captured from outside sources and imported directly into a patient’s electronic chart for a complete, accurate, and up-to-date medical record.
Referral Management

Forms are automatically populated with patient, treatment authorization data and provider information. Inbound forms can be scanned or transferred electronically into the patient record.
Reporting

During an encounter, patient data are collected and stored as discrete data, which enables your practice to easily generate reports for outcomes analysis, pay-for-performance, medication recalls, patient populations, business analysis, and more – right from the EHR.


Epic EMR Software

From Epic, here are the advantages they highlight for their EMR software:

Epic makes integrated EHR software for mid-size to large medical groups and integrated healthcare organizations. One database spans clinical, access and revenue functions and extends into the home.

What makes Epic EMR… Epic?

– Fast, scalable software for thousands of users.

– Pre-built content, workflows and reports.

– Strong focus on meeting budgets and deadlines.

– Award-winning EMR… ambulatory and inpatient

– Award-winning practice management.

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eClinicalWorks EMR Software

From eClinicalWorks, here are the advantages they highlight for their EMR software:

Modern Software Architecture

Either in a small practice or a large multi-specialty practice eClinicalWorks will scale to meet your needs. eClinicalWorks uses today’s software technologies from Microsoft and J2EE to develop a system that can run within your practice or your hosted data center. Access your charts from VPN connections, internet or a disconnected off-line mode.

Wireless technology

Today’s wireless technologies like 802.11 allow mobility and freedom to do your charts in the examination room or at your desk.

XML Technologies

eClinicalWorks uses secure XML to exchange data. The performance of eClinicalWorks in your office is significantly faster due to the use of modern technology.

Reporting

eClinicalWorks offers its Enterprise Business Optimizer (eBO) to allow more dynamic reporting with drill-down and custom report writing based on meta-data.


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.

To save some time, complete the form below, and the team at EMR Software Pro will help get you matched to EMR software vendors can best meet your needs. Compare EMR options now; we’re happy to help at no charge.


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.

Use the form below to share some specifics about your clinics needs; we’ll match you to vendors that can meet your needs, for free quotes and demos.


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?


Questions to Ask EMR Vendors

When you begin the EMR selection process, you will want to be sure your committee has representation for the providers and the staff. You will want to engage individuals that can speak to the organizations needs from a billing, scheduling, workflow, and IT standpoint. Electronic-medical-record.blogspot.com assembled a list with excellent qualifying questions for evaluating EMR software providers. They published this in 2007, but the points are just as relevant today.

Use the EMR Software Pro form below to conduct initial research, identifying pre-screened vendors that serve your area and are matched to your requirements.

* How long have you been in business?

* How many live sites are currently using your software? If possible, learn which specialties do or do not use the software.

* Can you provide me a representative list of your clients, allowing me to randomly select which practices to contact? If not, why? (Most vendors won’t give you their entire list, but the customer list they offer needs to be comprehensive.)

* Is the electronic medical records system being used in a multi-site environment? If yes, ask about their experiences to date.

* Is your product a client-server model or ASP model? Each has its own benefits, although smaller practices will probably want an ASP solution.

* What is the typical length of time between the purchase date and the “go live” date? No matter the EMR vendor or the EMR system, there will be a delay between the purchase date and the go live date. Look for vendors who can implement the EMR software in a reasonable amount of time, while still allowing enough time for implementation pre-work.

* What is your plan for implementation? This plan should be thorough! Beware of vendors who don’t offer a detailed EMR implementation plan. Even the most basic systems require a plan.

* What type of technical support is available, and how much does it cost? Beware of EMR vendors who require expensive technical support agreements, or those who advertise “rock bottom” prices with no mention of service or support. In many cases, these vendors require additional annual costs for service and support. To be fair, many vendors offer affordable electronic medical records with no expensive service or support requirements.

* What is the process for fixing bugs and launching upgrades/new versions to the EMR system? Every system will have bugs. Be less concerned about bugs and more concerned about how those issues are resolved.

* How are licenses issued? Is the license fee payable monthly, yearly, or is it a one-time fee? Some EMR companies charge a one time fee, others charge a monthly subscription, and still others charge a one time fee with monthly or yearly service fees. Do your homework.

* How much do software upgrades cost? Are these upgrades mandatory?

* Is your electronic medical record system CCHIT certified? Look for systems that have been certified. The 2007 standards were more rigorous than the 2006 standards, although any certified system is better than a non-certified system. Again, to be fair, some good EMRs have yet to receive CCHIT certification, but a lack of certification should be a red flag for more homework.

* For ASP systems, how frequently are backups performed, and how long are data stored? The more the better. It rarely hurts to “over-backup” information!

* For ASP systems, what percent of time is the system functional and online? An ASP-based electronic medical record is of little use if it’s always down. Look for systems with the best uptimes, and aim for a 98% minimum.

* Does your EMR system import and export data to and from common formats, such as .csv or .txt? If not, ask why.

* What standard clinical templates, if any, are included in your software system? How were these templates created? Look for systems with templates that are based on the most recently published clinical/medical evidence, and look for companies that routinely update these templates.

* Does your system have a single summary page for each patient?
* Are both structured and free text allowed for documenting progress notes?

* Does the EMR system generate a summary at the end of the visit that provides the patient with visit findings and discharge instructions? Most systems will do this. Beware those electronic medical records that don’t.

* Does the software system provide patient education handouts? These aren’t as important as the end-of-visit patient summary, but they are still an important feature.

* Is there an additional cost for transferring date from my existing EMR into the new EMR software system? Some of the most affordable systems charge you to migrate or transfer data from your old EMR system to your new software system. Others allow a one time transfer at no charge. Look for the vendors who offer a free or deeply discounted transfer.

* Can the software be accessed from remote locations? For most ASP systems, the answer will be yes. Many client-server systems can also be accessed remotely, although it can be difficult.

* Can the system send prescriptions electronically to pharmacies in my local market? Can it fax orders to pharmacies? If it does neither of these tasks, look elsewhere!

* Does the EMR feature disease-specific clinical templates? The better the clinical templates, the better the system.

* Is there a dashboard that shows the day at-a-glance? If the EMR doesn’t offer a dashboard, look elsewhere!

* Can a personal health record be generated? If yes, great, but you shouldn’t necessarily ditch a company that doesn’t have a PHR feature. If the EMR system doesn’t generate personal health records, ask when the feature will be available.

* Does the system have a built-in charge capture mechanism and automatic coding advisor? These features are important; they’ll likely help pay for the system. Look for a system that minimizes defensive coding. A solid medical billing component helps, too! Some vendors will offer free medical billing services if you use their software, and others will offer a free electronic medical records system if you use their medical billing services.

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AllScripts EMR Software

From Allscripts, here are the advantages they highlight for their EMR software:

* Intuitive: Allscripts Professional thinks like you do. Its intuitive design mimics practice workflow, while its simple and flexible navigation mirrors a physician’s mindflow. And with anytime/anywhere access via your Apple iPhone, Blackberry or Windows Mobile device, Professional EHR puts you back in control of your day.

* Affordable: Allscripts Professional is the EHR that pays you back and there’s never been a better time to implement an Allscripts Professional EHR. Flexible financing options—including zero payments for the first six months—and a proven return on your investment make Allscripts Professional the clear choice. Plus, with the Allscripts Stimulus package, you can rest assured that your EHR will be stimulus-ready, no matter what.

* Connected: Allscripts Professional keeps your practice connected. Connected to over 50,000 pharmacies, connected to more national labs than anyone else, connected to virtually every major payor, and most importantly—connected to patients through the Allscripts Professional Patient Portal.

* Complete: With comprehensive Single EHR and PM/Claims Processing solutions bundled into one, Allscripts Professional has all the features you need in an EHR solution. The integrated Patient Portal and built in ePrescribing make it easy to keep your patients first. And hundreds of templates for well over 20 specialties come standard, so no matter what your specialty, Allscripts Professional EHR has you covered.


Centricity EMR Software

From GE’s Introduction: Centricity® Electronic Medical Record (EMR) from GE Healthcare is a proven ambulatory system.

Relied on by more than 30,000 clinicians nationwide, Centricity EMR puts information at the center of care – and at your fingertips. Physicians and staff can spend less time tracking down lost charts, searching for radiology images, or calling the lab for results, and more time with patients.

With GE’s proven quality reporting solution, the GE Medical Quality Improvement Consortium (MQIC), Centricity EMR customers are able to feed quality metrics back into the care team’s workflow, driving behaviors that increase quality indicators and enabling participation in pay-for-performance programs.

With more than 20 years of successful implementations in settings ranging from solo practitioners to some of the nation’s largest healthcare organizations, Centricity EMR is an established solution backed by GE’s world-class service and support team.