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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: 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.

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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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