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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 pediatric practices: PhysicianXpress.

Why You Should Watch: "Just as children are not small adults, a pediatric EHR is not just an adaptation of an adult EHR," advises the American Academy of Pediatrics. Pediatric EHRs must be able to calculate medication dosing based on weight, track patient growth, and keep immunization records, among other things. There are plenty of speciality-specific EHR modules out there, but Doctor Office Management, based in Collegeville, Pa., says its PhysicianXpress was the first pediatric-only system to earn certification as a complete EHR for Meaningful Use Stage 1.

Pediatrics is different from other specialties in another way: Meaningful Use provides Medicare and/or Medicaid bonus payments for EHR adoption, and pediatricians by definition don't see Medicare patients. So the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which authorized the incentive program, lowered the threshold for children's doctors to qualify as "eligible providers" on the Medicaid side. While most practitioners must have 30% of their patient populations on Medicaid to be eligible for a maximum of $63,750 in extra reimbursements, pediatricians have a standard of 20%.

That still leaves a lot of physicians on the outside, so it will be interesting to see how many pediatricians will achieve Meaningful Use -- or whether they will even adopt EHRs in wide numbers.

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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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