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Overview

An electronic health record (EHR) is a digital version of a patient’s paper medical chart.  EHRs are patient-centered records that make information available instantly and securely to authorized users.  While an EHR does contain the medical and treatment histories of patients, an EHR is built to go beyond standard clinical data collected in a provider’s office and can be inclusive of a broader view of a patient’s care.   EHRs can:

  • Contain a patient’s medical history, diagnoses, medications, treatment plans, immunization dates, allergies, radiology images, and laboratory and test results;
  • Allow access to evidence-based tools that providers can use to make decisions about a patient’s care; and
  • Automate and streamline provider workflow.

One of the key features of an EHR is that health information can be created and managed by authorized providers in a format that can be shared with other providers across more than one health care organization.  (Reference:  The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), http://www.healthit.gov/providers-professionals/faqs/what-electronic-health-record-ehr.) 

Widespread adoption and meaningful use of EHRs are the underpinnings to improving the quality, safety, and efficiency of patient care delivery, as well as reducing overall health care costs.  Meaningful use sets specific objectives that eligible professionals and hospitals must achieve to earn incentive payments through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR Incentive Programs.  These objectives have been evolving over a series of three stages: Stage 1 (2011-2012) data capture and sharing; Stage 2 (2014) advance clinical processes; and Stage 3 (2016) improved outcomes.  In January 2016, an announcement by the CMS revealed plans to replace meaningful use with a new program that will largely shift away from a system that rewards Medicare providers for using EHRs, to one that focuses on improving patient outcomes.  This new program will not affect Medicaid providers.  

About the EHR Product Portfolio

This MHCC EHR Product Portfolio (portfolio) is a resource to compare and evaluate EHR products.  Information on product functionality, pricing, and usability ratings identified by EHR product users are showcased in the portfolio.  Health care providers are encouraged to discuss product services and features with EHR vendors, including questions relating to privacy and security provisions, prior to making a selection.

Vendors

The MHCC invited EHR vendors meeting the criteria above to participate in the portfolio in the fall of 2015. Ambulatory EHR systems that are specialized for behavioral health and ophthalmology settings are also included in the portfolio, and these EHR system are identified as such on the following chart.

Click on the vendor name on the chart below for additional information about the EHR product. 

                             

Vendor Contact list

Click here for contact information of all participating EHR vendors.

Vendors - How to Participate

The portfolio, which was first released in 2008, is updated annually.  Vendor participation in the portfolio is voluntary, and all products must be  nationally certified by ONC or by an ONC Authorized Testing and Certification Body.  If you are a vendor interested in participating in the next EHR portfolio update, please contact Nikki Majewski at 410-764-3839, or at nicole.majewski@maryland.gov

Other Resources

EHR Flyer

This flyer provides general information about EHRs and outlines the benefits of using an EHR.

Vendor Meaningful Use Compare Tool

The ONC offers a Vendor Meaningful Use Compare Tool, which focuses on the evaluation of meaningful use functionalities within an EHR using a rating scale from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent).

Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL)

The ONC CHPL is a comprehensive listing of Complete EHRs and EHR Modules that have been tested and certified by an Authorized Testing and Certification Body.


Last Updated: 9/16/2016