EMR Software and Meaningful Use – How to Compare

Physicians and administrators across the country are preparing to make investments in electronic medical records software. The priority for many right now is ensuring that the software they select will be Meaningful Use compliant, as required by ONC for the ARRA funds.

Unfortunately, the Final Rule defining “Meaningful Use” has not been released. In light of this, there are a few considerations as you review EHR software ratings and compare features.

> Many vendors are offering guarantees that their software will be ready to help you meet Meaningful Use. Review the small print but this might helpful in allowing you to proceed now instead of waiting.

> Don’t rely on the EMR software to get you to compliance. While the vendors tout “Meaningful Use” compliance, there will be some necessary workflow changes (CPOE, etc), interfaces (quality reporting, etc), and axillary products (Web Portal, Secure Mail, etc.)

> While the certification process has not been defined, current certifications may offer reassurance that the software will be capable. One of the most notable & trusted certification bodies for the EMR world is CCHIT, so you may want to consider this in your comparison studies.

> Finally, while the incentive is significant, the highest priority has to be to improve patient care. EMR software can help you do this, but it will take careful planning and workflow design to be sure it is actually meaningful for you. When you evaluate solutions, consider how your team will work with each vendor; they will be your partner in this project.

We’ve done much of the research for you. Use the free form below as a starting point. ChartZoom can help you identify EMR software providers that serve your area and have solutions that meet your needs.

eClinicalWorks EMR System Rating – Electronic Health Records

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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.

Epic EMR Software Rating – Electronic Medical Records

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

Epic makes integrated 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… 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.