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12 EHR Vendors That Stand Out

With the federal incentive program for electronic health records well underway, hundreds of companies are selling EHRs. InformationWeek Healthcare has cut through the noise and identified a dozen vendors worth watching.
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Products: For physician offices: Allscripts Enterprise EHR, Allscripts Professional EHR, Allscripts MyWay. For hospitals: Sunrise Clinical Manager. For hospital-employed physician practices: Sunrise Ambulatory Care.

Why You Should Watch: Allscripts claims to have "the nation's #1 most utilized EHR solutions" in terms of users, with its products installed in 50,000 physician practices, 1,500 hospitals, and 10,000 post-acute care facilities--though those statistics include some who only have the company's free e-prescribing module.

Allscripts is one of the many companies selling EHRs and seeking a piece of the federal money that is available to encourage medical practices to adopt electronic health records. There are more than 1,300 products certified to help hospitals and doctors meet the "Meaningful Use" standards to qualify for their share of $27 billion in subsidies. While it is hard for any single company to stand out, Allscripts offers one of the more intriguing story lines heading into 2012.

Allscripts has a long, mostly successful history with ambulatory systems, though the company suddenly became a major player in the hospital arena thanks to its August 2010 merger with acute care and enterprise systems vendor Eclipsys. The Chicago-based company now has the product line to compete with the likes of Cerner, Epic Systems, GE Healthcare, McKesson, and Meditech, at least since Meditech completed its acquisition of LSS Data Systems in February 2011.

Around the time the merger was announced, InformationWeek Healthcare wondered whether the cost of integrating Allscripts and Eclipsys will be worth the synergies the combination will ultimately bring. The jury remains out on that question, as well as on the more telling issue of whether the two entities can successfully integrate their products and platforms. It took GE more than five years to develop a common platform for all its inpatient and outpatient clinical systems after a series of acquisitions last decade, and Allscripts itself built its ambulatory side by taking over the likes of A4 Health Systems and parts of Misys Healthcare Systems prior to the Eclipsys deal.

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4/15/2013 | 7:58:27 PM
re: 12 EHR Vendors That Stand Out
Nice list, and great descriptions of each EHR reviewed. I was surprised to not see MediTouch by HealthFusion on the list. I have personally been working with it for almost a year now and am very impressed with it. It appears to have most if not all of the perks of the others reviewed, plus their customer service is something to be marveled.
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MattHIT,
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12/14/2011 | 9:55:02 PM
re: 12 EHR Vendors That Stand Out
Having worked with several of the major players (and for one) in the EHR industry, I can say they are all behind the times. Very slow to adopt new technology, or even supporting currently supported versions of MS software (OSes, IIS, SQL Server, etc). Not too mention they are out sourcing A LOT of potentially high paying jobs to other countries where labor is cheaper - at the same time accepting massive amounts of tax payer dollars from physicians and offices that recieve the money as an incentive for getting an EHR. These companies really have the opportunity to make greater strides in improving the way physicians and ancillary staff interact with patients and technology, but they make it painful to adopt.
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Lisa Henderson,
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12/13/2011 | 1:30:41 PM
re: 12 EHR Vendors That Stand Out
Really like the list and the descriptions of the target for each. The front end looks so different, how easy is it going to be to integrate and aggregate data on the backend when needed? Isn't that the goal further down the road? Not more silos of info, but data that makes information more easily interpreted and usable?

Lisa Henderson, InformationWeek Healthcare, contributing editor
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