As US Healthcare sector moves to transform itself into something that delivers more coordinated care across various clinicians and providers, it becomes ever more important that medical data is available to providers and patients whenever and wherever they need it. In order to achieve this feat and to ensure the flow of health data to offer better healthcare to the people, the government has invested in technology and infrastructure to interlink patients’ clinical experiences.

Now ONC and CMS are working hand in hand to ensure this investment stays on the right track. Simplifying regulations and taking steps to require open technology these organizations have released a Health IT Playbook to help healthcare providers assess their needs and navigate the electronic health record (EHR) market in the right direction.

Unfortunately, the growing maturity of the health IT market presents clinicians with new, complex, varied, and often confusing options about EHR systems. Thankfully EMR Systems is here to clear the confusions and help everyone involved in the health IT of the US. From the small practice manager perusing new cloud-based EHR products and services to the Chief Information Officer contemplating a major EHR procurement, we help people in making the right choice for their practice. We know that advancing health sector hinges on having reliable, easy-to-understand information and this is exactly what we provide after understanding your needs.

Interoperability is essential for all small and practices. And even though there are very advanced EHR systems available in the market, we still find data being blocked through language and terms found in contracts for EHRs along with other health information technologies.

The government is also aware of this problem and has thus developed a new EHR contracting guide as a key resource aimed at helping providers tackle data blocking and other challenges. The new guide will equip healthcare providers with the right questions to ask when selecting an EHR. The guide also offers specific strategies to assist clinicians as they plan to purchase an EHR system and negotiate major terms with their EHR vendors. The following are some topic area highlights from the guide:

  • Critical planning steps that all clinicians should take to correctly understand and communicate their requirements to potential EHR vendors.
  • Legal rights and obligations which providers may wish to avoid or include in their EHR contracts
  • Contracting practices and negotiation strategies that clinicians can use to achieve reasonable and balanced EHR contracts.

Practical pointers and contract terms that demonstrate how providers may implement more favorable terms in their EHR contracts.