The American College of Physicians (ACP) is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 133,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection, and treatment of illness in adults. From 2008 to 2010, ACP ran a similar EHR advisory service for their membership called the EHR Partners Program. The EHR Partners Program is a precursor to AmericanEHR Partners, which has been developed in conjunction with Cientis Technologies.
Cientis Technologies Inc. is a Canadian-based corporation founded in 2005 with headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia. Cientis Technologies operates internationally and has developed a proprietary online platform that provides physicians and their practice teams with tools to select, adopt, and use Electronic Health Record Systems.
The American College of Physicians and Cientis Technologies are founders in the development of AmericanEHR Partners. AmericanEHR has been developed to provide a comprehensive program that is free to all U.S. physicians and their practice teams. Cientis Technologies owns and manages the proprietary technology platform used to deliver the AmericanEHR program.
AmericanEHR Partners does not endorse any products or services. The program publishes ratings on certified EHR systems. Ratings are based on surveys completed by physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners conducted in conjunction with their professional societies. Ratings are displayed on all EHR vendors regardless of their participation in the program.
The ACP and Cientis Technologies together manage the AmericanEHR Partners program through a joint governance and editorial process. Four advisory groups were established to provide feedback on the AmericanEHR Partners program: Clinical Advisory, Professional Society Advisory, EHR Vendor Advisory, and a Stakeholder Advisory that includes national organizations not represented in the first three advisory groups.
The AmericanEHR Partners program is open to vendors with a nationally recognized certification such as ONC-ATCB (Meaningful Use) Certification and/or a valid CCHIT certification. Vendors pay a yearly fee to complete their profile and populate the comparison information. Vendors are provided with an administrative account through which they can manage and update their product information on an ongoing basis. EHR product rating results are published regardless of a vendor’s participation in the program.
EHR Product ratings are based on surveys of physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners conducted in conjunction with their professional societies. Ratings are only displayed once a minimum number of survey responses have been received; the current minimum value is 10 ratings. The rating scores are aggregated from the relevant questions asked in the EHR satisfaction surveys, and these questions are available to the public.
A Benchmark Rating is provided as a comparison value against which all EHR products with published rating scores can be measured. The Benchmark Rating is the average cumulative score for all approved ratings, across all EHR products in a selected category. An 'n' value is provided for published EHR ratings and Benchmark Ratings. The 'n' value is the total number of ratings that have been published for each question or category.
AmericanEHR Partners receives revenue through website advertising and sponsorship. All advertising and sponsorship must adhere to specific guidelines developed by ACP and Cientis Technologies — the founding partners of the site. In addition, eligible vendors (those with a valid ONC-ATCB Certification) can pay a fee to participate on the site and be listed as participating vendors. Participating vendors are required to sign an agreement describing their roles and responsibilities to maintain product information in a product profile.
No, AmericanEHR Partners does not receive money from EHR vendors based on sales of their product(s).
Content is assembled from a large array of sources including the partnering societies. AmericanEHR Partners does review all of the educational material posted on the site; however, this should not be taken to indicate that there has been a formal peer review process for all the content. All content will clearly indicate its source. ACP and Cientis have developed a detailed editorial policy that outlines acceptable and unacceptable content.
AmericanEHR Partners allows advertising on its site and is open to EHR vendors. In addition, sponsorship opportunities are available. All advertisements and sponsorships are clearly labeled; however, certain sections of the site do not permit advertising. Vendors of EHR systems or organizations that own an EHR vendor may not be a sponsor.
Yes, the data collected by AmericanEHR Partners will be available to the public in a blinded manner in the form of EHR product ratings. AmericanEHR Partners may distribute blinded data collected from the program to other organizations for research purposes.