Finding the Right EHR
EHR Comparison Tool
Contracting with Vendors
Implementing Your EHR
Optimizing EHR Safety
With hundreds of EHR products, the marketplace offers a robust choice, and selecting a system that is right for your practice depends heavily on understanding the practice’s needs before seriously discussing a purchase with vendors. When the time comes to buy a system, emphasizing functionality and the practice’s readiness assessment can help vendors show you the product characteristics that create value for you and your practice.
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
AMA-Medstar Scorecard on EHR Usability Testing
If you’re shopping for an electronic health record (EHR), the Texas Medical Association’s EHR Comparison Tool is the place to start investigating options. This members-only benefit helps physicians identify product features, functionality, and pricing that will best suit their practice.
Review these resources before signing a contract with an EHR vendor.
EHR Contracts: Key Contract Terms for Users to Understand - Prepared by Westat for the ONC
Guide to Licensing and Service Agreements
TMA is proud to offer members free technology contract review services from Coker Group. Evaluations focus on potentially unfavorable terms and conditions with feedback on identified concerns. TMA members are also eligible for a five-percent discount on fees for contract negotiations.
Introducing an HIT system into a practice requires a team effort, and before making any formal decisions, begin preparing your team. The careful, team-based redesign of work process is mission-critical to the success of HIT acquisition.
These resources cover things to consider then switching from one EHR vendor to another.
The SAFER Guides are designed to help healthcare organizations conduct self-assessments to optimize the safety and safe use of electronic health records (EHRs) in the following areas:
• High Priority Practices• Organizational Responsibilities• Contingency Planning• System Configuration• System Interfaces• Patient Identification• Computerized Provider Order Entry with Decision Support• Test Results Reporting and Follow-Up• Clinician Communication
The recommended practices in the SAFER Guides are intended to be useful for all EHR users, developers, patient safety organizations, and others who are concerned with optimizing the safe use of health IT.
Protect your practice from health information leaks or breaches, and know what to do if they occur.
Your EHR Vendor Is Not Responsible For Your Security Risk Assessment (Texas Medicine Today, Aug. 15, 2018)
HIPAA Resource Center
Security Risk Assessment Tool (HealthIT.gov)
Online encryption guide launched by AMA
Use the following resources to learn more about patient engagement related to EHRs and the Meaningful Use Program.
The Guide to Getting & Using Your Health Records - Office of the National Coordinator resource (for patients)
Six Ways to Increase Practice Portal Sign-Ups (TMA Practice E-Tips, Nov. 23, 2016)
Electronic Patient Engagement Tools: A Guide for Physicians - TMA whitepaper, February 2016
Enhancing Patient-Centered Communication and Collaboration by Using the EHR in the Exam Room - The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) 2013
Personal Health Records: What Physicians Need to Know - TMA whitepaper, April 2008
Got electronic health records questions? Call or email the Knowledge Center.
Electronic health record (EHR) vendors may not block or terminate your access to your patient’s information. This paper will help arm you with information about your rights.
Read TMA Articles on EHRs
Net Revenue Calculator - MGMA
Stark Law Exemptions and Electronic Health Records
Stark Law Rules - AMA
What advocacy efforts is TMA making to help physicians with EHRs and health information technology?
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