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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 hospitals: Soarian EHR. For physician practices: Soarian EHR EP.

Why You Should Watch: Siemens Healthcare made big news this year by hiring former Partners HealthCare System CIO John Glaser to run its global health IT business. It will be interesting to see how Glaser will bring his experience in many areas of the industry to bear on a software vendor. In addition to his Partners leadership position, Glaser, who was named an InformationWeek Innovator and Influencer in 2007, was founding chairman of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and helped create the New England Health EDI Network, an administrative transactions consortium. He also spent a year as a special advisor to David Blumenthal, MD when Blumenthal headed the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

Glaser may have some tough decisions to make in the next couple of years. Data from HIMSS Analytics, presented recently by former HIMSS Analytics chief Dave Garets, show that Siemens lost 57 hospitals from its U.S. customer base between 2005 and 2011, as facilities upgraded legacy EHRs not with Siemens products but with technology from the likes of Epic Systems, Cerner, Meditech, McKesson, and others. Does German industrial conglomerate Siemens AG stay in the health IT business, or might it be time to sell this division and refocus healthcare efforts on the company's historical strength, diagnostic medical equipment?

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MedNetNW,
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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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