Quick Tests to pick EHR by

This is a short article crediting another author for creating the criteria with which to select an EHR. There are so many vendors and so many sales people out there telling you their wares are the best but little assistance for the medical practitioners who need to choose these tools in the time that they do not have.

For those as confused as I was a couple of weeks ago about these jargons, an Electronic Health Record system (EHR) is a superset of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Personal Health Record (PHR) systems.  The stimulus money from the Obama administration to encourage the adoption of software technology in medical practices is for EHR as it requires the introduction of both clinic and patient facing features.

This is the original posting by Peter Beck from which the summary below was created:

  1. Any Information To Be Filed Must Have Doctor Approval Or Awareness
  2. External Resources To Take Care Of Scut In A Cheap, Dedicated Fashion = PASS
  3. Get Doctor Signoff Before Proceeding With System Changes — Repeatedly
  4. 1-Click Is Best, 2-Clicks Is Status Quo, Anything Else…Not So Good
  5. Pare With Care
  6. Always Customize By Provider, If You Have The Option
  7. If Something Works, Copy It Shamelessly

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