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New Program to Help Physicians Purchase and Install Electronic Health Records

New Member Service Described by American College of Physicians

June 11, 2008

(Washington) -- A new program designed to help practicing physicians purchase and install electronic health record (EHR) systems was described today by the American College of Physicians (ACP). The EHR Partners Program, a service offered exclusively to ACP members, responds to needs for guidance in selecting and implementing practice-based EHRs.

ACP said it has found that despite the prolific number of EHR products available, adoption rates remain low, especially in solo and small practices. And, it said, the financial risk to a practice is one of the most frequent barriers to EHR adoption. The EHR Partners Program, a service offered exclusively to ACP members, is a collaborative effort between ACP and participating certified EHR partner companies. ACP designed the program to reduce financial risk by helping practices evaluate EHR products that match their needs. With the companion EHR Adoption Roadmap, ACP now provides a wide range of information and support for practices considering EHR implementation.

“ACP has developed this program in response to members’ needs to search for EHR systems that match selected criteria,” explained Jeffrey P. Harris, MD, FACP, president of ACP. “We feature an interactive comparison tool that can assist physicians in narrowing their EHR choices.”

The 2008 EHR Partners Program focuses solely on EHR applications that have achieved 2006 and/or 2007 certification by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT). CCHIT focuses on baseline criteria for functionality, security and interoperability. While there are many non-certified EHRs in use, ACP said it strongly recommends that physicians entering the EHR arena for the first timer, or who are looking to upgrade older systems, consider certified EHRs.

When available, four sources of information were used to evaluate participating EHR systems:

  • EHR vendor responses to a Request for Information (RFI);
  • ACP-member responses to an EHR satisfaction survey that focused on usability and implementation support;
  • A demonstration of the product based on a patient visit; and
  • A site visit to a physician practice with an EHR-partner installation.

Current EHR Partner Program members and their products are:

EHR Partner EHR Partner’s Product
e-MDs e-MDs Chart
GE Healthcare Centricity EHR
Glenwood Systems GlaceEMR
InteGreat IC-Chart EHR
McKesson Practice Partner Patient Records
MedInformatix (acentec) MedInformatix EMR
SAGE Intergy EHR

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include more than 125,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults.

David Kinsman, (202) 261-4554
Jacquelyn Blaser, (202) 261-4572

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