Electronic Medical Record vs. Electronic Health Record
Is it Time for Your Practice to Adopt an EMR? (PDF)
More Texas Physicians Turning to HIT (Action, Feb. 15, 2010)
EHR or Not? (Action, Nov. 16, 2012)
EMR Readiness AssessmentThis readiness worksheet will provide you with an overview of your organization’s ability to successfully adopt an electronic medical record (EMR) solution.
Open Source Software (PDF)
Measure Twice, Cut Once: Be Careful Choosing an EMR (Texas Medicine, Oct. 2010)
EHR vendors most used in Texas - March 2012 (PDF)
Certified HIT Product List (CHPL) - (ONC)
EHR Product Evaluation Tool Need help finding the right EMR for your practice? Texas Medical Association (TMA) physician members have overwhelmingly indicated to us they need help when it comes to health information technology. They specifically want help with electronic medical record (EMR) selection. TMA is here to help.
Questions for EHR VendorsLearn some of the important questions to ask vendors during the selection process.
Questions for EHR Vendor ReferencesWhat questions should you ask when speaking to another practice that currently uses the EHR vendor you are considering?
How to do an RFP for an EHR (PDF)
EHR Buyer Beware: Issues to Consider When Contracting with EHR VendorsThis paper discusses eight important EHR contract terms your medical practice should consider before signing an EHR contract.
Guide to Licensing and Service Agreements (PDF) - Contracting guidelines
15 questions to ask before signing an EMR/EHR agreement – Resource provided by the AMA
Other Vendor Comparisons
AAFP's vendor comparison tool (requires AAFP log in)
AAP's vendor rating link
Regional Extension Centers (RECs) have been established across the country to assist physicians with selection, implementation, and meaningful use of an electronic health record to ensure eligible physicians meet the requirements needed to earn the EHR incentive bonus.
Four regional extension centers are operating in Texas and provide subsidized consulting services to physicians. Visit the TMA REC page for more details on location, eligibility and contact information.
Net Revenue Calculator - MGMA
Financing Options (PDF)
Rural Health Information Technology Resource Center
In August 2006, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General announced expanded exceptions to the Stark regulations and additional safe harbors in the antikickback laws that are expected to encourage the adoption of electronic prescribing and electronic health record (EHR) technology.
Stark Law Exemptions and Electronic Health Records (PDF)
Stark Law Rules - AMA
EHR Project Management Checklist (PDF) - DOQ-IT
EHR Critical Success Factors (PDF) - DOQ-IT
Report: Don’t Skimp on EHR Training (Action, July 2, 2012)
EHR Workflow Analysis, Redesign Critical (Action, Nov. 16, 2011)
EHR Incentive Program Resource Center
EHR Support Center
The Texas A&M Health Science Center Rural and Community Health Institute has partnered with the PDR Network to give physicians an opportunity to report EHR-related patient safety events. Both are accredited patient safety organizations that seek to improve the quality and safety of health care. Data are entered into a protected database and used for research to find weak points in health care delivery. EHR issues that you may want to report include problems with product applications, vendor-related difficulties, or contractual issues that resulted in a less-than-optimal or undesired outcome. The tool also enables physicians to report features of EHRs that they feel are best practices. Collection of the data will help improve patient safety and quality as physicians adopt, implement, and use EHRs.
HIT Security Risk Assessment Questionnaire (ONC)
Online encryption guide launched by AMA
New Privacy Rules for Electronic Patient Records
Case Study: Change Is Good
Case Study: The Networking Element
Case Study: Small Town Success
Case Study: Using Technology from Day One