EMR Companies Galore!!

In the NY Sun it was reported that there are around 1,200 companies doing EMR today. That is a lot of companies and a lot of choices. No wonder picking a company is so difficult. Unfortunately EMR programs aren’t like CD burning software which is similar enough to not matter that much. Not to mention you can switch if you don’t like it. They are way to complex and I’ll be quite honest that if someone asked my to convert my current EMR to a new one I would probably quit my job first. It’s just so complex.

Here’s is some good information to help those starting to evaluate all the different EMR companies.

There are many free software out there to choose from. You can find a good list here. Just remember that just because the software is free, supporting it isn’t free and often requires certain expertise and don’t forget about paying for any customizations you may require. It’s still definitely worth looking at.

Second, my friends at emrupdate.com and more specifically Naveen of DoctorsPartner have created a price matrix that includes a good number of EMR and their pricing. That should help you narrow down those companies that aren’t close to your budget.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

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  • I believe that we should determine what consistuts a “real” EMR just as Dr. Brailers task force has undertaken.

    I doudt if there are more than 50 viable EMR’s with more than 100 installed sites.

  • Great Idea. Although I’m not sure that the crieteria of 100 installs constitutes an EMR either. I’ve heard that even large companies have fallen despite having a large customer base. I think it should somehow be based on feature set, but I’d have to think more about this.

    I’ll also look for a link to Dr. Brailer’s task force to see what work has already been done.

  • I found this interesting definition online of an EHR. It might be a starting place.

    The Electronic Health Record (EHR) is a longitudinal electronic record of patient health information generated by one or more encounters in any care delivery setting. Included in this information are patient demographics, progress notes, problems, medications, vital signs, past medical history, immunizations, laboratory data and radiology reports. The EHR automates and streamlines the clinician’s workflow. The EHR has the ability to generate a complete record of a clinical patient encounter, as well as supporting other care-related activities directly or indirectly via interface – including evidence-based decision support, quality management, and outcomes reporting.

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