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.