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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.

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.

AllScripts EMR Software Rating – Electronic Medical Records

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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.

28 Questions to Ask When You Compare EMR Software Providers

The ARRA incentives from the federal government are an excellent reward for utilizing EMR software in your practice. Considerations for these requirements should certainly inform your EMR RFP. However, there is the danger that many organizations will rush to secure and implement an electronic health records system, neglecting the due diligence recommended for such an integral part of their operations. assembled a quality list, included below, with excellent qualifying questions for evaluating EMR software providers. They published this in 2007, but the points are just as relevant to the EMR selection process today.

We selected a few of the key questions to consider in your evaluation. Use the form below to conduct initial research, identifying pre-screened vendors that serve your area and are matched to your requirements. We’ll walk you through the remaining questions and help you identify the most appropriate solutions to consider.

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

* 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 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 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.

Obviously, a current requirement would now be Meaningful Use compliance. At time of publishing, the final rule is still not available. However, EMR vendors realize that this is a high priority, and they should be able to adequately account how they will help you meet each objective.

Use the form below to conduct initial research, identifying pre-screened vendors that serve your area and meet your requirements.

Evaluate and Compare Electronic Medical Records Software

Is it time to look at replacing paper charts with EMR software in your clinic?

There are federal incentives in place for the next few years to try to encourage this adoption. Patients are expecting their doctors to be sharing information electronically with other practices in town. And from a disaster standpoint, providers find that their data is better protected in digital format.

Software Advice shared their ten best practices for selecting an EMR system, and below is an excerpt:

Take ownership of the decision. Your EMR software will impact how you practice medicine, so this is not a process that should be delegated to back-office staff or the local “computer guy.” While your staff should play a key role in the EMR selection process and the EMR RFP, this process demands medical expertise and leadership that only the physician can provide…

Determine your own requirements. Too many physicians let software salesmen drive the selection process. Only you know how you should practice medicine. Therefore, it’s critical to map out your ideal workflow and how you interact with office staff to complete a patient visit. Do you want to limit the system to electronic charting, or do you want and end-to-end solution that extends all the way to claim management? At the same time, realize that your interactions with software vendors are good opportunities to learn new best practices and workflows that could improve the way you work. ..

EHR Systems and Meaningful Use Final Rule Compliance

The ONC and the HHS has released their Final Rule regarding Meaningful Use compliance, describing how hospitals and providers must use their Electronic Health Records (EMR software) to receive the ARRA funds. This is a significant announcement that sets the Information Technology priorities for healthcare organizations for the next five years.

Some of the requirements have been relaxed. For example, instead of the 100% compliance requirements, there is a mix of core items and menu items. A provider must meet the core items and then meet some of the menu items.

If your practice is running Centricity, AllScripts, NextGen, or Epic, or another EHR system, you will likely receive an upgrade at the end of this year or early 2011.

You will then need to prove Meaningful Use for all 2012. Use the breathing room in the first year wisely as you prepare for more stringent requirements in the coming years.