As clinics and hospitals develop their plans for adopting and/or upgrading their EHR systems to the meaningful use certified release, one of the critical questions they must get answered is:
"What is the availability and timeline of our EHR vendor?"
REACH has collected a great deal of information on the leading EHR vendors and their plans for availability of their Meaningful Use Stage 1 EHR releases. Availability and timelines vary considerably across vendors. A vendor's answer to the question could be fourth quarter 2010, first or second quarter 2011, or in some cases it's an even later date. Many EHR vendors are under considerable pressure to meet the current demand for implementation and/or upgraded services within the timeframe for meeting Meaningful Use Stage 1 criteria.
Three of the factors impacting the EHR vendor community's readiness are:
The Certified HIT Product List (CHPL) is the official source for identifying those EHRs and EHR modules that have been tested and certified under the ONC's Temporary Certification Program.
At this time, REACH encourages providers and hospitals to:
REACH is vendor neutral and will work with any certified vendor product.
Article by Bill Sonterre, REACH regional coordinator, and Shirley Eichenwald-Maki, College of St. Scholastica assistant professor Department of Healthcare Informatics and Information Management Office.