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12/9/2011
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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: For small physician practices: Epocrates EHR.

Why You Should Watch: Epocrates has long been the unquestioned leader in (mostly mobile) electronic drug reference tools, with a user base that now stands above 1.4 million healthcare professionals worldwide, including 340,000 physicians in the U.S. alone. So the healthcare world was excited when the San Mateo, Calif., company announced at HIMSS10 that it was developing an EHR for both the Web and iPhone, aimed at small physician practices.

The EHR was supposed to come out in the fourth quarter of 2010, but a "core" primary care version for practices with 10 or fewer doctors didn't hit the market until July 2011. The company hasn't given much detail on how well this new product is doing, but if the EHR is anywhere near as intuitive as the free Epocrates Essentials reference guide, it could prove highly popular.

Also worth watching from this vendor: Epocrates recently added Eric Tseng, head of mobile products at Facebook, to its board of directors. Could social media be part of the company's strategy?

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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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