BUYERS GUIDE: Ambulatory EMRs

The regional health information organization (RHIO) movement is impacting ambulatory EMR development, according to Jared Peterson, director of operations for KLAS. “Organizations want to get their physicians more involved and be able to share information within the enterprise and then with hospitals,” he said. Large physician groups’ main concern is to be able to seamlessly share data–from the doctor’s office to the hospital–and see such clinical data as lab results and PACs images. The following ranked list for Ambulatory EMRs for large physicians groups is based on The Top 20: 2005 Year-End Best in KLAS report. KLAS will be releasing its June 2006 report after the publication of the June issue of Healthcare IT News.

jared@healthcomputing.com

Epic

EpicCare Ambulatory EMR

Klas Rank No. 1

Features: EpicCare Ambulatory is consistently ranked as a top EMR by leading industry evaluators. Ambulatory was the first successful EMR and continues to lead the industry today. Major features include multi-specialty support, workflow management, encounter and charting templates, ACPOE, e-prescribing, point-of-care clinical and financial decision support, automated health maintenance, support for disease and population management, research capabilities, CMV integration and knowledge management that promotes evidence-based medicine. Epic’s MyChart shared record gives patients secure Web access to their EpicCare records. AffiliateLink offers similar connectivity for community physicians.

Are your billing, scheduling and EMR applications in a single integrated database? Yes. Epic’s use of a single database creates an integrated practice management and clinical system that introduces many benefits, including the ability to automatically drop charges into Epic’s Resolute billing application and to schedule orders with Epic’s Cadence scheduling application. This integration also makes schedules, patient benefit summaries and expected patient visit charges available for review within EpicCare workflows with no need for interfacing. Insurance information documented in Epic can trigger Medical Necessity warnings and notifications of non-formulary prescriptions at the point of ordering. Clients have the option of using interfaced external billing and scheduling systems with EpicCare as well.

Can your system interface with disparate hospital systems? Yes. Epic’s system can employ interfaces to exchange data with hospital systems, as well as use CCOW context management to simplify access to patient information in another application. No interfaces are necessary between EpicCare Ambulatory and Epic’s hospital systems.

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