17 Leading EHR Vendors
December 18, 2010 06:00 AM Electronic Health Records can help healthcare providers in the delivery and management of care to patients, including those with chronic conditions. The systems can also bolster decision making by providing clinicians with more comprehensive patient data, as well as help eliminate medical errors and reduce costs associated with unnecessary or redundant tests. Health care providers can access real-time clinical information, such as immediate access to test results, which allows them to initiate appropriate treatment or follow-up, and to anticipate and mitigate potential problems, more easily and much earlier that without access to EHR data. This potential to improve patient care has contributed to more than half of physicians utilizing EHR systems according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics preliminary 2010 estimates. The cost of implementing these systems is significant, however; a CDW Healthcare survey pegged it upwards of $100,000 per physicians. These costs make vendor selection a crucial step in EHR adoption. In this directory, you'll find 17 of the leading vendors along with information about the products they provide and the value to doctors.
Products: For doctors' offices: Allscripts Enterprise EHR, Allscripts Professional EHR, Allscripts MyWay. For hospitals: Sunrise Clinical Manager. For hospital-employed physician practices: Sunrise Ambulatory Care.
The Basics: Allscripts' electronic health record (EHR) products can be run on premises, which requires onsite IT support, or via a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, which does not. They work on almost any device, including desktops, laptops, tablets and the iPad. Allscripts Remote and Sunrise Mobile MD provide access via a variety of smartphones.
The products use Windows and Microsoft SQL Server. They are scalable and can be used by solo doctors' practices all the way up to entire hospital systems. Pricing varies according to the product and how it is implemented.
Multiple levels of security -- similar to those used to guard credit card transactions -- protect patient data. Because data is stored on servers in a secure location, if a physician's computer or phone is stolen, the patient data is still safe.
Allscripts merged with Eclipsys in September. The combined company serves 180,000 doctors, 1,500 hospitals and 10,000 post acute care organizations.
Value To Doctors: Some of Allscripts' products are designed to not require customization, but others can be tailored to meet the needs of a particular organization. Allscripts has a self-service portal that allows patients to obtain their health records. All of Allscripts' solutions support e-prescribing.