Choosing the best EHR system for your business can be an overwhelming and somewhat of a daunting task. There are 500+ EHR vendors out there, with a wide variety of features and options to choose from. With so many choices comes lot’s of questions. Like “which one should I purchase?” “which one is the best?” “which one fits my needs?”
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular and top EHR systems for 2021.
Epic’s My Chart companion feature gives patients the ability to schedule an appointment, complete questionnaires, and review their own health information in the privacy and comfort of their homes. As a matter of fact, Epic has over 250 million patients engaged in their product. This feature allows patients to keep in touch with their healthcare team and review patient resources.
According to Business Insider Intelligence, Epic dominated the competition in 2018 US Hospital EHR Market Share with 28% of the market.
Allscripts allows clinicians to focus on their core services instead of expending time on routine administrative duties. This software helps clinics streamline their administrative tasks through assistance in ePrescribing and other workflows.
There are two types of Allscripts EHR. One being Allscripts Professional EHR made for small to medium ambulatories and physician practices. And, the other is Allscripts Touch Works EHR which has been built for large ambulatories and multispecialty practices.
Both solutions are HIPAA compliant and ONC-ATCB certified (ONC- Office of the National Coordination for Health Information Technology and ATCB- Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies). Each has more streamlined clinical processes because of the elimination of complicated steps in workflow.
The advantages of Allscripts Touch Works EHR are its wide range of tools and features, customizations, physician practices, efficient routine tasks, mobile support, information accessibility and maternity care information.
AdvancedMD has an integrated software solution that can be used for medical health organizations, independent physician practices, physical therapy and mental health groups. The many features, besides the electronic health records, include practice management, billing, patient engagement tools, patient charts, telemedicine ability, reputation management, financial analytics and business intelligence reporting.
Athenahealth provides a page that permits clinicians and staff to review daily schedules and patient information, manage orders and view incoming lab results. The billing module contains a feature that is patented and constantly updates rules and can be used concurrently with the EHR or on its own. Medical practice management tools allow you to see daily responsibilities, custom bench marking, trend analysis, and more.
Athenahealth was named 2020 Best in KLAS for Small Practice Ambulatory EMR/PM and has a network of more than 160,000 providers.
DrChrono is compatible with iPad and iPhone. Along with that capability and its medical billing platform, DrChrono’s EHR gives practices and clinicians the ability to manage patient intake, patient care, clinical charting, billing and revenue cycle management. It allows you to customize medical forms, e-prescribing, scheduling, real-time eligibility checks and a patient portal. The DrChrono APP Directory offers a variety of apps and a medical API for healthcare app developers. The user-friendly interface is easy to navigate and little training is needed.
Greenway Health is extremely customizable which makes it adaptable to any workflow. The system gives each user multiple ways to complete tasks. Greenway contains options that are easy to use such as patient registration, insurance eligibility verification and billing.
In December of 2020, Greenway partnered with Amazon Web Services, and Greenway Telehealth was launched. This telehealth offers high quality audio and video, and a much more flexible scheduling process to reduce the risk of no-shows.
Kareo is a Web based EHR. Its medical billing and practice management software is used by over 50,000 clinicians throughout the United States. This EHR works well for small practices and billing companies. Kareo Clinic allows practices to schedule patients, verify insurance, work receivables, collections and manage delinquent patient accounts, store patient documents, to create customized reports, and is meaningful use certified.
PrognoCIS and PrognoCIS Telemedicine are cloud-based solutions that many desirable features and functions that comply with all US Government and CMS standards. They have gained the reputation of permitting fast, flexible individual provider workflow. It has a stable and reliable platform of modules and features including EHR, practice management, telemedicine, eRx and revenue cycle management. The EHR is customizable and workflows have specialty-specific content for clinics and hospitals.
NextGen Healthcare offers services for most size practices. Some of its features are referral management, chronic disease management, and with the use of NextGen Share, data can be shared across systems. NextGen is customizable both at the front-end and back-end. This allows the system to work best for each practice.
CareCloud has an extremely user-friendly interface, structured by the typical flow of a patient visit. It is a great practice management software for small practices because it is easy to use, has an effective claims scrubber that increases the probability that the claims will be approved the first time they are submitted to insurance, and it is backed by a helpful customer service department. It is a flexible system that permits clinicians and staff to make adjustments to fit their workflows.
To sum it all up, here are some things to remember when selecting the top EHR system for your practice. Look for hidden costs such as a monthly subscription fee, as well as, fees for implementation and add-on features. Some may include software for a percentage of the practice’s monthly collections rather than a monthly subscription fee. You will also want to find out about customization and training for providers and staff, if there is a charge and the number of hours of training.
It may be helpful to make a list of your most important needs and wants. Then, look for the best EHR system that fulfills those requirements and will be the most beneficial for your organization.