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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 emergency departments: ED PulseCheck. For critical care: Picis Critical Care Manager. For surgical units: various departmental systems.

Why You Should Watch: Healthcare reform is fueling demand for advanced analytics, and analytics requires data. Nobody in healthcare has more data than the insurance industry, so payers are sitting on potential gold mines. The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010 also set off a march toward data-driven accountable care, and payers want to leverage the massive data stores they possess, which probably explains why some of the largest insurers have bought their way into health information exchanges.

A week after acquiring HIE vendor Axolotl in August 2010, the Ingenix analytics subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group went a bit deeper into health IT, buying Picis, a Wakefield, Mass.-based maker of information systems for high-acuity hospital departments. (Ingenix has since changed its name to OptumInsight.) That means that one of the two largest health insurers in the U.S. -- United and WellPoint tend to alternate in the top spot -- now owns an EHR vendor. Could this be the start of a trend?

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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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