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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 physicians: MacPractice MD. For dentists: MacPractice DDS. For chiropractors: MacPractice DC. For optometrists and ophthalmologists: MacPractice 20/20.

Why You Should Watch: Though Apple has been chipping away somewhat, Windows still dominates the world of office computers. There have always been some industries that prefer the Macintosh platform--think graphic design--but healthcare is not one of them. Yet, Lincoln, Neb.-based MacPractice has bucked the trend, preferring to focus its clinical application development on Apple's desktop operating system. The company may have been the first Mac EHR to earn certification under the federal government's Meaningful Use EHR incentive program.

After branching out to another Apple product, the iPhone, to introduce a mobile component, MacPractice a year ago released an iPad interface for remote physician access. Companion iPad apps emulate clipboards when viewed in portrait mode, giving doctors a familiar view of their schedules and patients a way to enter demographic and medical history data that gets sent straight to the EHR -- without the need for transcription by office staff -- and to sign HIPAA consent and medical release forms.

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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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