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 clinical decisions about a patient’s care; and
• Automate and streamline provider workflows.
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), www.healthit.gov/providers-professionals/faqs/what-electronic-health-record-ehr)
 
Widespread adoption and meaningful use of EHRs are the underpinnings to improvements in quality, safety, and efficiency of patient care delivery as well as reducing overall health care costs.  The seamless flow of information within a digital health care infrastructure starts with the use of EHRs, transforming the way care is delivered and compensated through EHR adoption and meaningful use incentive programs.  Click here for more information on the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.
 
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.  To participate in the portfolio, ambulatory EHR systems must:
• Be nationally certified and meet the 2014 complete EHR certification criteria (click here for the ONC for Health
   Information Technology 2014 Criteria Fact Sheet which provides an overview of the second full rulemaking cycle of
   adopted standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for EHR technology); and
• Offer a discount to Maryland providers.
In the spring of 2014, MHCC added long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) products that have received national certification as either a modular EHR and/or another nationally recognized certification organization.  In order to participate, LTPAC vendors are required to offer a discount to Maryland providers as well.  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.
 
EHR Vendors
 
The MHCC invited EHR vendors meeting the criteria above to participate in the portfolio in the winter of 2014.  Participating EHR vendors include: 
  
Vendor Pricing Comparison
 
Click here  for a comprehensive pricing comparison of all participating EHR vendors.
 
Vendor Contact List
 
Click here for contact information of all participating EHR vendors.
 
How to Participate
 
The portfolio, which was first released in 2008, is updated semiannually in the fall and spring.  If you are a vendor interested in participating in the next EHR portfolio update, please contact Sarah Orth, 410-764-3449, or Sarah.Orth@maryland.gov.
 
Vendor participation in the portfolio is voluntary, and all products must be nationally certified by an Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology - Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ATCB) and offered at a discounted rate to all Maryland providers.
 

Resources

EHR Flyer

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

Vendor Meaningful Use Compare Tool

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)

  
  ONC's CHPL is a comprehensive listing of Complete EHRs and EHR Modules that have been tested and certified
  by an ATCB.
  

T​he Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) Certified Products

The CCHIT Certified Product listing includes products that have been inspected against integrated functionality, interoperability and security criteria using CCHIT testing methods.

  
 
 
Last Updated: March 2014