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.
Two EHR Monitors Better Than One (Action, Aug.1, 2013)
Open Source Software (PDF)
Measure Twice, Cut Once: Be Careful Choosing an EMR (Texas Medicine, Oct. 2010)
EHR vendors most used in Texas - October 2015 (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.
EHR Selection Tools - Includes links to EHR selection tools available through various organizations
AMA-Medstar Scorecard on EHR Usability Testing - To promote transparency around how EHRs are designed and user-tested, and to drive improvements in clinician satisfaction and patient safety, the American Medical Association (AMA) and MedStar Health’s National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare have developed a comparative EHR Usability Framework that shows many EHR vendors are not meeting basic standards for user-centered design and formal usability testing processes.
Questions for EHR VendorsLearn some of the important questions to ask vendors during the selection process.
ICD-10 Readiness Questionnaire for EHR Vendors by AHIMA - American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
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 Contracts Seal the Deal; Consider Having Them Reviewed (Action, Dec. 15, 2014)
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.
EHR Contracts: Key Contract Terms for Users to Understand (PDF) - Prepared by Westat for The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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
AAP's vendor rating link
KLAS — Compare EMR Vendors
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
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 CommunicationThe 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.
HIPAA: Are You Prepared for a Computer Virus Incident - TMA whitepaper, Aug. 2015
HIPAA: Are You Prepared for a Lost Laptop or Smartphone - TMA whitepaper, Aug. 2015
HIPAA: Are You Prepared for a Business Associate Breach - TMA whitepaper, Aug. 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 Business Associate Agreement Rules Among HIPAA Changes (E-Tips, Aug. 13, 2013)
Eight Steps to a HIPAA Security Risk Analysis (E-Tips, Feb. 11, 2013)
HIT Security Risk Assessment Questionnaire (ONC)
Online encryption guide launched by AMA
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
Case Study: Change Is Good
Case Study: The Networking Element
Case Study: Small Town Success
Case Study: Using Technology from Day One