Choosing an EMR or EHR

I think I’ve written enough speculative posts about Google Health. I decided to turn to something EMR or EHR related.

I’m interested to know how people have sifted through the vast array of EMR and EHR software offerings out there. I personally think we’ve almost reached the peak number of EMR software companies and that soon we’ll start seeing consolidation and less people trying to enter the EMR market. Regardless of that speculation, I’d love to hear the process people used to select their EMR software.

Even more important than the process you used, I’d find it very interesting to know what was the key factor people used to finally select their EMR. Also, what would you have done different if you had the chance to go through the process again?

I have a few of my own thoughts, but I thought I’d put it out their for readers before I clouded your ideas with mine.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of, 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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  • Eric,

    Thanks for the informative blog. I hope others have found it as interesting as I have.

    I have a question about EMR implementation & you may be able to provide a good answer: When a practice adopts an EMR solution, what is the process by which all of the existing files get scanned & imported to the EMR? Do practices send their files to an outsourced (and presumably HIPAA compliant) scanning company? Or do they buy a scanner & have the staff or temps scan them in bulk? Or do they scan patient files as those patients come to the office?

    Do you have any insights here? Seems like a big part of the process, but I’m having trouble finding information about it.

    Thanks very much in advance.

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