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: DrChrono EHR.
Why You Should Watch: This is a native iPad EHR, perhaps the first of its kind, and one that got a good review from InformationWeek Healthcare earlier this year. Among its standout features is the ability to take a picture or video with the tablet's camera in order to document symptoms. After all, a picture tells 1,000 words and a video might tell 10,000 words. The EHR takes advantage of other iPad capabilities with such attributes as built-in speech-to-text conversion, high-resolution video playback, and the ability to "draw" right on medical images.
While innovative, this company also seems prone to hyperbole and misstatements. In launching OnPatient, a patient check-in app for the iPad, DrChrono.com called the software "a groundbreaking app that digitizes the medical practice waiting room" by eliminating the hated clipboard patients are so often asked to fill out. The thing is, ePatientHistory.com, NoMoreClipboard.com, and Primetime Medical Software's Instant Medical History have offered something similar for years, and their software can run just fine on tablets.
DrChrono also has posted a demonstration video on which a narrator wrongly says the EHR app can help physicians qualify for "tax breaks" associated with Meaningful Use. In fact, the Meaningful Use program pays Medicare and Medicaid bonuses, and the money is considered taxable income in most cases.