Electronic Health Records

  • TMA EHR Comparison Tool 

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    The TMA EHR Vendor Comparison Tool provides TMA member physicians access to an assessment of EHR products that have a solid Texas market base. It gives physicians a view of company information, product functionality, pricing, and interoperability capabilities when comparing EHR systems. The information provided is based upon self-reported answers submitted by the EHR vendors.

    Our goal is to help members in their efforts to choose the appropriate EHR for their practice. In addition, the tool is intended to help our physicians learn what questions to ask when selecting an EHR.

    Please note: No EHR vendors are endorsed by the Texas Medical Association.

    View the Tool
  • EHR Implementation Guide, 4th Edition

    EHR Guide, 4th Edition

    Successfully implementing HIT into an office practice can bring improvements in both quality of patient care and practice profitability.  The implementation guide offers a nontechnical view of the steps necessary for the successful introduction of HIT with an emphasis on the needs of smaller practices.  This publication will walk you through the process of acquiring and learning to use HIT.

    Learn More About the Guide
  • Finding the Right EHR for Your Practice

    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.

    EMR Readiness Assessment
    This readiness worksheet will provide you with an overview of your organization’s ability to successfully adopt an electronic medical record (EMR) solution.

  • Vendor Spotlight


    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.

    Free Coker Group Evaluations
  • EHR Articles

    Sign Letter Urging Congress to Address EHR Usability (Texas Medicine Today, Feb. 8, 2019)

    Get the Know-How You Need When Upgrading Your EHR (Texas Medicine Today, Oct. 19, 2018)

    EHR 2.0 – Is It Time to Update or Replace? (Texas Medicine Today, Oct. 9, 2018)

    Is Your EHR Keeping Your Patients Safe? (Texas Medicine Today, Sept. 20, 2018)

    Before You Sign: 10 Tips for Tech Contracts (Texas Medicine Today, Aug. 31, 2018)

    EHR Vendors Behaving Badly; What Can You Do? (Texas Medicine Today, Aug. 20, 2018)

    EHR Customization Can Threaten Patient Safety (Texas Medicine Today, March 20, 2018)

    EHR Dashboard May Not Tell You Everything (Texas Medicine Today, Jan. 30, 2018)

  • Implementation

    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.

    EHR Project Management Checklist - HITRC and DOQ-IT

    How to Implement EHRs - HealthIT.gov

    Report: Don’t Skimp on EHR Training (Action, July 2, 2012)

    EHR Workflow Analysis, Redesign Critical (Action, Nov. 16, 2011)  

  • EHR Incentive Program

    Beginning in 2011, the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs were established to encourage eligible professionals and eligible hospitals to adopt, implement, upgrade (AIU), and demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. The EHR Incentive Program is now only available for Medicaid participants.

    If you did not enter the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program by 2016, you cannot participate. 

    The Medicare EHR Incentive Program is no longer available. Eligible Medicare participants have moved on to the MACRA program

    Go to the EHR Incentive Program Resource Center

  • Optimize the Safety of Your EHR

    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.

  • Security

    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)

    Are You Prepared for a Computer Virus Incident? (E-Tips, Nov. 12, 2015) 

    Are You Prepared for a Lost Laptop or Smartphone? (E-Tips, Oct. 15, 2015)

    Are You Prepared for a Business Associate Breach? (E-Tips, Sept. 9, 2015)

    Security Alert: Are Your Browsers Vulnerable to POODLE? (E-Tips, Nov. 11, 2014)

    Breach Notification Rules Get a Makeover (E-Tips, Aug. 13, 2013)

    New BAA Rules Among HIPAA Changes (E-Tips, Aug. 13, 2013)

    Eight Steps to a HIPAA Security Risk Analysis (E-Tips, Feb. 11, 2013)

    Security Risk Assessment Tool (HealthIT.gov)

    Online encryption guide launched by AMA

  • Patient Engagement

    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

    How to Meet Mandate for Patients’ Online Access to Medical Records (Action, Feb. 2, 2015)

    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

  • What could a TMA membership mean for you, your practice, and your patients?