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A number of enhancements to the EHR Ratings are now available. AmericanEHR Partners uses a five point rating scale to report EHR satisfaction ratings across 12 categories including Satisfaction, Overall Usability, Support Experience, and nine others. Until now, it has not been possible to compare an EHR product rating to a benchmark measure. With the…

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EHR product ratings have just become more personal. It is now possible to filter AmericanEHR Partners’ Top 10 Rated EHRs and product ratings by practice size for 40 different EHR systems that have been rated by more than 3,000 verified clinicians (physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners). EHR rating data can now be filtered for the…

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During December 2011, AmericanEHR Partners, in conjunction with the American College of Surgeons (ACS), conducted a survey of ACS members regarding their use of EHR systems and their satisfaction levels with a wide range of EHRs. A common theme emerged. While surgeons see benefits, the systems they were being required to use were generally designed…

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I have been hearing from an increasing number of physicians and practices that they have been turned down by the EHR vendor of their choice or are faced with a long wait time before the vendor can install the system. All of the practices I have heard from were relatively small (under 10 physicians) and…

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In our ongoing effort to improve the quality and comprehensiveness of EHR Satisfaction Ratings, we have added new features that will enhance your ability to evaluate satisfaction data. New Features Satisfaction ratings now include the total number of ratings for each category of questions (“n” value) as well as the total number of ratings submitted…

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These days, all data seems to be moving towards the ‘Cloud’ with delivery of computing as a service rather than a product. With the advent of cloud computing and remotely hosted applications (ASP), is there still a place for a local server to run an EHR in a medical practice? What are the benefits (and…

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Selecting and implementing an EHR can be a daunting process. Even a “tech savvy” clinician can be severely taxed by the sheer volume of work needed to make a decision regarding the choice of an EHR and coordinating the implementation and use of that system within the medical practice. A wide range of consultants is…

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Watching Hurricane Irene this morning as waves surged onto the North Carolina coast brought back memories of Hurricane Katrina and the effects on medical records that were not stored electronically. Many organizations and physicians who used traditional paper charts lost their entire set of medical records (Katrina Highlights Need for Electronic Health records). Despite the…

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I just received an email from a long-time EHR user trying to meet the Stage 1 Meaningful Use objectives. His story raises two significant concerns: 1) Are the additional costs for meeting the MU Core and Menu Set well beyond the potential EHR incentives — and more than what EPs are willing to incur? 2)…

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Can EHRs be implemented using a reference guide? Anita Samarth and Dr. Trenor Williams, co-founders of Clinovations, a Washington DC-based healthcare and IT consulting group, are the authors of Electronic Health Records for Dummies. Williams and Samarth methodically walk a potential purchaser and EHR user through the selection, adoption, and use of EHRs. The AmericanEHR…

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I had a phone conversation a couple of weeks ago with colleagues who had just decided on an EHR for a relatively large ambulatory practice. As they described why they picked this particular product, I went to the AmericanEHR Partners site to see how it faired in the ratings. What I found was that this…

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