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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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Product: Shareable Ink Ambulatory Record

Why You Should Watch: There are now more than 1,300 EHR products certified to meet Stage 1 Meaningful Use standards, but there appears to be only one that lets doctors stick with pen and paper for documentation. That distinction belongs to Nashville, Tenn.-based startup Shareable Ink. It's not a complete EHR, but rather a module that incorporates a digital pen to capture handwriting from plain paper--not the pricey electrostatic stuff--and, in the cloud, convert handwriting to discrete, machine-readable data to populate physician encounter forms. Users also can convert data from iPads or from scanned documents.

Shareable Ink initially is certified as being capable of meeting 11 Meaningful Use measures. Company founder Stephen Hau, who also started mobile healthcare software company PatientKeeper in the 1990s, promises additional ambulatory functionality as well as modular inpatient certification in the future.

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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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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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