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Top Inpatient EHR Vendors – 2013 Black Book Rankings

Posted on February 22, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I think that most of you know how I feel about the various EHR ranking systems. They all have their issues, but they are another interesting data point in the search for the right EHR. Plus, the EHR ranking trends over time can be interesting. Not to mention, it’s hard not to look at a post that has rankings. It’s almost un-American not to look.

So, I figured I’d post some of the Black Book Rankings over the next week. The following are the Top Ranked EHR Vendors for Inpatient Hospital Systems, Chains and IDN (in alphabetical order).

4MEDICA
ALLSCRIPTS
CPSI
EPIC
GE HEALTHCARE
HCS EMR
HEALTH MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
HEALTHLAND
INFOMEDIKA
KEANE
MCKESSON
MEDITECH
NEXTGEN
PROGNOSIS HIT
QUADRAMED
SEQUEL
SIEMENS
UNI/CARE
VERSASUITE

Not too many surprises on the list. Was their any Hospital EHR vendor that you think should have made it on this list? I think this list would be more interesting if it just ranked the top 5 Hospital EHR vendors.

Still Cloudy About EMRs In The Cloud, Hospitals? Be Careful

Posted on August 15, 2011 I Written By

Katherine Rourke is a healthcare journalist who has written about the industry for 30 years. Her work has appeared in all of the leading healthcare industry publications, and she's served as editor in chief of several healthcare B2B sites.

I’m as fond of a good tech paradigm shift as anyone else, but I have to say the whole discussion of “the cloud” has gotten so vague that it’s doing more harm than good. I think that’s particularly been the case in hospitals, which are already strained to the breaking point adopting EMRs/EHRs along more traditional lines.

Some thoughts from vendors on what the cloud means for hospital EMRs follow. I veer between thinking there’s nothing much new here and that there may be a paradigm shift lurking in the brush here somewhere.

Yes, I know there’s a difference between a browser-accessible application (the current SaaS model) and an application which is truly virtualized and manages data across all servers, storage and platforms (e.g. mobile Web, desktop, iPad, etc.). So I’m not suggesting all of the cloud talk is hooey.

But as long as vendors continue to blur that distinction, I’d be worried, especially as a hospital with an extremely complex platform to manage. If they aren’t sure what they’re delivering, how can they manage the fluid datastream that will someday be your EHR? Check out the examples below and see what you think.

Some Random EMR Cloud Pitches:

1. From Dell: Platform-as-a-Service

Dell’s MSite solution gives hospitals using MEDITECH access to the Health Care Information System (HCIS) software through the cloud. With MSite, Dell hosts MEDITECH applications in a state-of-the-art private cloud and provides technical and applications support, maintenance and disaster recovery at a predictable monthly cost. MSite also allows hospitals to more quickly and cost-effectively upgrade to newer versions of MEDITECH by alleviating upfront investment and ongoing maintenance costs associated with running the platform onsite. Dell’s MSite solution is available today.

2. From 4medica: Cloud-based SaaS

4medica announced today that its Integrated Electronic Health Record (iEHR) version 10.11 has earned certification as an Electronic Health Record (EHR) Module. The cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) iEHR solution satisfies the general and inpatient categories of certification criteria and meets the inpatient clinical quality measures required for hospitals and health systems to attest for Stage 1 meaningful use. With 15 months or less to go, healthcare organizations can rapidly deploy the affordable iEHR within weeks to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

3. By Medscribbler: Medical record SaaS

Medscribbler Cloud is a true Internet based Software as a Service (SaaS) solution for both small independent clinical practices and larger mobile home care businesses. Offering a combination of clinical processor and practice management, Medscribbler Cloud addresses the challenges of limited time and information technology support facing small practices by offering advanced technology that is simple to use and even simpler to deploy. For mobile practices Medscribbler Cloud optimizes network speed and management.