Wednesday, July 6, 2011

America’s Top CCHIT Certified EMR Systems

With an estimated 300-400 companies peddling to sell their EMR systems in the country, medical practitioners find it overwhelmingly difficult to choose an EMR system that is best suited to their practice and specialization. In order to narrow down the multitude of options available in the market today, a good idea would be to start by reviewing America’s top CCHIT Certified EMR systems.

What is CCHIT Certification? Does it guarantee EMR quality and performance?

CCHIT is an independent, non-profit organization that develops criteria for its CCHIT Certified® program based on nationally recognized standards to certify EHRs. These certification criteria are developed by your peers – work groups of practicing clinicians and health information technology experts – taking into account the state of the art of EHRs and your complex needs.

CCHIT has been certifying EHRs since 2006.  For more information, visit http://www.cchit.org

CCHIT Certification is a good initial requirement that can help you limit the range of your search to a realistic number. However, it does not guarantee EMR quality and performance and should not have the final say in your decision. Because an EMR is CCHIT Certified, it does not imply that its features will help you meet Meaningful Use objectives.

Once, you have zeroed in on a list of CCHIT Certified EMR systems with the best reviews and recommendations in the market, it is your prerogative to determine which one of these systems has features that will help your practice function efficiently and meet Meaningful Use objectives.

Features of a good CCHIT Certified EMR System

Besides being CCHIT Certified, a good EMR system must provide you with the following features:
  • It must be user-friendly and easy to understand.
  • It should be low on maintenance and should be easy to update.
  • System updates should be free and regular.
  • It must include features that are required to manage workflow and functions specific to your specialization.
  • Features must be customizable and easy to use.
  • It should have a feedback and interaction channel connecting you to the vendors in case of feature requests, suggestions, complaints and grievances.
  • The EMR provider must commit to customer support service, user-guidance and quick response time to complaints. 

CCHIT Certified EMRs – America’s Most Recommended EMR Systems  

SoftwareAdvice puts together a list of top CCHIT Certified EMRs in the country. The most recommended systems on their list are given below:

1. Allscripts EHR
2. ADP AdvancedMD EHR Software
3. eClinicalWorks
4. NueMD Complete
5. Aprima EHR (formerly iMedica)
6. Greenway PrimeSUITE 2011
7. MedLedger
8. CareTracker
9. SuiteMed IMS
10. Intivia’s InSync®

You may also take a look at a host of other EMR systems they recommend for consideration at http://www.softwareadvice.com/medical/cchit-certified-emr-software-comparison/

References:

1.    http://www.encounternotes.com/index.php?/before-getting-emr/cchit-certified-emr-software-worst-nightmare.html
2.    http://wirelysis.blogspot.com/2011/04/want-to-acquire-emr-vendor-look-out-for.html
3.    http://www.revenuexl.com/blog/bid/25572/Selecting-EMR-Software-life-beyond-CCHIT-Certification
4.    http://www.cchit.org/sites/all/files/cchit10Reasons.pdf
5.    http://www.himssanalytics.org/docs/Essentials/5thEditionEssentialsIntroduction.pdf
6.    http://www.articledashboard.net/Article/EMR-Software-Features-to-Look-Out-For/7531
7.    http://www.webpt.com/resources/practices/4-things-look-any-emr-system

4 comments:

EMR WORK FORCE said...

Every healthcare provider should switch to an EMR solution. Paper based records and prescriptions are a thing of the past now and it would be best for both doctors and patients to take advantage of their features and accessibility.

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teamdwms said...

user friendly and easy to understand is probably the largest factor involved when trying to design the best program for the field. Electronic Medical Records

Mike Loshe said...

Thanks for the share. I 100% agree with the comment that @EMRWorkforce made. The implementation of an ERM system has countless benefits for not only the practice but the patient themselves. In my case with the implementation of ERM software brought on better physical therapy documentation which in return increased the level of care.

Donald rou said...

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