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Overview of EHR / EMR

An electronic health record (EHR) (also electronic patient record or computerised patient record) is an evolving concept defined as a systematic collection of electronic health information about individual patients or populations<ref>Gunter, T.D. and Terry, N.P. 2005 The Emergence of National Electronic Health Record Architectures in the United States and Australia: Models, Costs, and Questions in J Med Internet Res 7(1)</ref>. It is a record in digital format that is capable of being shared across different health care settings, by being embedded in network-connected enterprise-wide information systems. Such records may include a whole range of data in comprehensive or summary form, including demographics, medical history, medication and allergies, immunization status, laboratory test results, radiology images, and billing information.

It is important to note that an EHR is generated and maintained within an institution, such as a hospital, integrated delivery network, clinic, or physician office.<ref name="NIH">Electronic Health Records Overview</ref>.

Its purpose can be understood as a complete record of patient encounters that allows the automation and streamlining of the workflow in health care settings and increases safety through evidence-based decision support, quality management, and outcomes reporting.<ref name="HIMSS">HIMSS - Electronic Health Record (EHR)</ref>

Critical Factors in purchasing an EHR software

Purchasing the best EHR takes time. One needs to plan accordingly and the following tips will enable the decision making process purchase much smoother and also result in a successful implementation of EHR<ref>[1]</ref>.

Research. Become familiar with the industry and learn what people have to say about EHRs. Look for unbiased information from people like consultants, talks in the blogs and various medical forums.

Rational Planning. Set EHR goals that are reasonable to attain. Write out an EHR implementation plan that will include milestones that you want to reach as well as what you are looking to gain from an EHR.

Attitude. Make sure that your entire medical practice has a positive attitude about using an EHR solution. Look out for EHR vendors[|EHR / EMR vendors] Making sure everyone is on the same page is critical for EHR success.

ROI. Determine what type of Return on Investment can be expected when implementing an EHR system. EHR software can be extremely costly depending on what type of EHR features you are looking to implement. Therefore, it is important to have an idea of what your EHR budget will be, as well as the cost savings expected from a proper EHR implementation.

Technical Competency. Discuss with your staff how tech-savvy they are at using computers. Making sure your staff feels comfortable using new technology will help prepare everyone for this transition to an EHR.

Hardware. Selecting the correct hardware will save you thousands of dollars when purchasing an EHR solution. Not only will it save you money, it will also improve the functionality within the EHR. There are several hardware companies that have partnered with EHR vendors, so be sure to ask them what hardware will work best with the EHR product. Ask the EHR vendor if they offer bundled solutions. Another alternative is to speak with an IT 9+9consulting company at the beginning to enable a smooth EHR implementation.

Comparison of EHR solution providers

Basic general information about major providers: creator/company, license/price etc.

Company Software License Cost (USD) CCHIT certified Supported Languages.
AllscriptsMisys, LLC AllscriptsMisys, LLC Proprietary Yes
CureMD Corporation CureMD Corporation Proprietary Yes
Waiting Room Solutions Waiting Room Solutions Proprietary Various price packages are available Yes Not Known
www.oemr.org www.oemr.org Proprietary Free (open software platform) Yes Multilanguage support
www.practicefusion.com/ Proprietary Proprietary Free Yes Not known

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