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Other EHR Options When Epic Denies You

Posted on January 18, 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 got the following email from the CIO of a hospital.

They’ve [Quadramed] got the whole ONC-ATCB certified EHR for Phase 1 MU (although the point in your post is valid about that certification being fairly general anymore). They are working on obtaining and integrating/interfacing ambulatory functionality for physician practices, but for hospitals they have some pretty good sized hospitals running their QCPR product. KLAS includes them in their evaluation of EHR vendors (along with the likes of Allscripts, Cerner, Epic, GE, McKesson, Meditech, and Siemens) although they clearly don’t have as many installed hospitals that most of that list has. They also need to develop some real patient portal type of functionality to stay certified for future MU Phases. Not a market leader, but they are a market player. In spirit of full disclosure, we are almost live with Quadramed product, and we will be using it as a full EHR for both inpatient and outpatient care settings. We could not afford the bigger vendor solutions, and Epic wouldn’t even talk with us because we are below their minimum size to qualify for their sales efforts….only vendor I’ve seen that has that luxury of flat out ignoring possible business. We didn’t like the inflexibility of the lower end EHR vendors, and Quadramed provided a lot of the flexibility of bigger vendors for the price of the smaller vendors.

I’d love to learn where other hospital CIOs turn when Epic won’t give them the time of day. Considering Epic’s hospital size requirements and who they will work with, this is more hospitals than not. I started a list of hospital EMR and EHR vendors that might help. Where do hospital CIOs go when Epic isn’t an option? Is there a Denied by Epic support group somewhere online where hospital CIOs can commiserate?

CCHIT Inpatient EHR Certification Numbers

Posted on October 9, 2012 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’ve long had an interest in EHR certification. While the idea of certifying software sounds good on face, once you start digging in it starts to stink. At least I make my bias known up front. My least favorite phrase when it comes to EHR certification is that it provides an “assurance” to the EHR buyer. EHR certification doesn’t assure the EHR buyer of anything useful.

Considering my long interest in EHR certification, I decided I’d take a quick look at the various CCHIT EHR certifications that have been done in this new post-HITECH Act era of EHR certification. The number of EHR vendors is quite interesting as reported on the CCHIT website (I’ll look into the other ONC-ATCB in future posts).

In my quick count of ONC ATCB certified EHR products I counted 31 Hospital EHR (trying to take out the duplicates from the same EMR company). A number of those are ED EHR, but it’s interesting to see the scale of inpatient hospital EHR software that are certified by CCHIT.

Just for fun, I took at look at the full CCHIT certification for inpatient EHR. Only 4 inpatient EHR were listed.

The message here is that hospitals don’t use CCHIT’s full certification as a differentiator when they’re selecting an EHR. All they seem to care about is ONC-ATCB EHR Certification. While I still think it’s mostly redundant to meaningful use, I appreciate that it’s a step in the right direction.

When I first started Hospital EMR and EHR, I started this list of Hospital EHR vendors. It still needs some work, but I’d love to hear of other Hospital EHR companies that I should add to the list.