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EHR Resources

If you are in the market for a new EHR, whether for regulatory compliance or for enhanced clinical or technology needs that are not being met by your current EHR, there are a few resources that can help you get started in the search.

  • Research:
    • KLAS, an independent platform that assesses Health IT vendors and products, allows you to see impartial user and patient feedback on commonly used EHRs, as well as independent research and assessments. You can sign up for a free account to review white papers, compare vendors based on certain functionalities, and find software options for your specific needs.
    • The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) maintains a list of all Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT). CEHRT means that the EHR has been assessed by the ONC and meets requirements for regulatory compliance for federal and state programs, like the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or Medicaid Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program. If you plan to report to federal regulatory programs, ensure that the EHRs you are considering are also certified. Review the list of CEHRT online.
  • Request for Proposal (RFP): An EHR is a large purchase, with far-reaching impacts. In order to make an informed decision, an RFP can help you collect the information that you care most about. The ONC offers a sample RFP template that provides areas of functionality, features, and capabilities to include. Determining those that matter most to you and your practice can help you collect data on how different vendors compare among those high-priority needs.
  • Vendor Demos: After reviewing RFP responses, requesting demos from the top vendors will help you see the high-import functionalities, features, and content within the system. Put together a list of workflows, processes, and functions—including clinical and practice management workflows, and integration or interoperability functionalities—that you want to see in a demonstration of the product.
  • Additional Considerations: While functionality and content are huge considerations for EHR selection, it is also important to consider implementation process and timeline, cost, maintenance, long-term support, hardware and server needs, regulatory compliance, patient engagement, and integration and interoperability capabilities. Different surgeons and different practices have different needs and concerns, and the selection process doesn’t look the same for everyone.

Please reach out to Molly Murray at mmurray@facs.org or 202-494-9023 for additional resources, or to answer any EHR questions.