Today in the highly competitive Electronic Medical Records (EMR) software market, medical practices can easily fall prey to making the wrong decision mainly because of marketing tactics and the similarity of features between many of the healthcare software products available in the health IT market. The Electronic Health Records (EHR) software selection process, is essentially a decision-making process involving the comparison of multiple EMR software vendors.

Comparing EHR & Practice Management (PM) software systems based on your requirements is really a process which determines which products come closest to fulfilling the tasks that are identified as key requirements. Following tips can be used when comparing EMR systems based on the particular requirements of your practice.

Ranking EMR Software System based on requirements data

Necessities data represents all of the cloud-based EMR software features an organization will require in order to meet its tactical goals. As part of the needs gathering process, the selection team would also construct a prioritized list of requirements that represent a list of features that must be present for a product to be considered.

Using the requirements and prioritized requirements list, information about an EHR vendor’s product is then used to rank each product based on how closely it brings into line with these requirements. A useful ranking strategy involves consultation with key shareholders in your practice concerning what they consider to be important billing EMR software features and functionality.

Comparing EHR Software Systems with Similar Features

One of the more problematic challenges selection teams may face involves comparing EHR & EMR systems with alike features. When this type of situation presents itself, organizations who deploy a healthy process to collect and assess usability and functionality data can evaluate similar products on more nuanced characteristics by digging deeper into stakeholder’s discernment of these systems beyond the numerical ranking they provided. By speaking to stakeholders and collecting more qualitative information differences between systems that may appear similar on their face can be revealed.

Some of the very common EMR & PM software features include e-Prescribing (e-Rx), customized templates, appointment scheduling, patient portal, etc.

Comparing EMRs to Find the Best One

Using a specific system of collecting requirements data and measuring vendor performance against these criteria, the process of comparing EHR software can be made more efficient and can be replicated if the need arises.

By making use of the decision making framework outlined above, practices can evaluate and compare EMR systems with a clear view regarding how an EHR product aligns with your organization’s EHR requirements.