Useful EMR Links
EMR/Health IT Websites of Interest
We practice today at the beginning of the electronic record era. Only about 20 percent of allergy practices have implemented an ambulatory EHR in any form. The timing of when to adopt an EHR is not the same for every practice, and the choice of which EHR likewise is not universal. Successful implementation requires months of careful planning and analysis of the practice. It is likely to require several more months to reach an efficient level of usage of the EHR. The process of adoption should be an evolution, not a revolution. Below is a listing of links to aid in your research.
Commercial and Independent Sites
http://www.cchit.org - The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization with the public mission of accelerating the adoption of health IT. Their purpose is to create an efficient, credible, sustainable mechanism for the certification of healthcare information technology products.
http://www.providersedge.com - Sponsored by The Provider's Edge, LLC. A site that provides you with the most recent and comprehensive information you need for a successful EHR journey, that empowers you to deliver superior quality patient care and achieve maximum business profitability.
http://www.nationalehealth.org - The National eHealth Collaborative is a public-private partnership driving the grassroots development of a secure, interoperable, nationwide health information system. It was established through a grant from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to build on the accomplishments of the American Health Information Community (AHIC), a federal advisory committee to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) until 2008, and is led by some of the nation's most respected thought leaders in healthcare and health IT.
http://healthit.ahrq.gov - As part of the health IT initiative, AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) created the National Resource Center for Health Information Technology to help the healthcare community make the leap into the Information Age. In addition to providing technical assistance, the National Resource Center shares new knowledge and findings that have the potential to transform everyday clinical practice. AHRQ's National Resource Center is committed to advancing our national goal of modernizing health care.
http://www.acponline.org/running_practice/technology/ - The American College of Physicians is the nation's largest medical specialty society with 119,000 members, including medical students. The Practice Management Center (PMC) provides free assistance to members covering the full spectrum of business issues associated with running and working in a medical practice. This is the section on health technology.
http://www.aapcocit.org/emr/index.php - The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Clinical Information Technology provides a service where you can research various EMR products that are currently being used, explore where these products are being implemented and for what type of practices, and read the experiences of others who are using these EMR products.
http://www.massmed.org/AM/Template.cfm - The Massachusetts Medical Society is the statewide professional association for physicians and medical students. This is their site on health IT.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – links to blogs and articles of interest on EMR
http://www.emrandehr.com/2009/08/05/ehrs-uninstalled-in-phoenix-a-glimpse-into-the-future-guest-post/ - An article on EHR uninstalls in the Phoenix area.
These links are for research only. They are not endorsed by The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).