EHR selection Definitions

  • A

    Allscripts

    Allscripts is a vendor of electronic health record systems for physician practices, hospitals and healthcare systems.

  • ambulatory medical record (AMR)

    An ambulatory medical record (AMR) is an electronically stored file of a patient’s outpatient medical records, which includes all surgeries and care that do not involve being admitted to a hospital.

  • athenahealth Inc.

    Based in Watertown, Mass., athenahealth Inc. is a leading vendor of cloud-based EHRs for small to medium-sized physician practices and hospitals.

  • C

    Cerner Corp.

    Cerner Corp. is one of the top electronic health record (EHR) vendors in the healthcare space. Its closest rival is EHR vendor Epic Systems Corp. Cerner is noted for its membership in a nonprofit dedicated to promoting interoperability and its recent successful bid for the United States Department of Defense EHR contract.

  • computerized physician order entry (CPOE)

    A benefit of computerized physician order entry -- an electronic way to record patient data -- is that it eliminates errors caused by poor handwriting.

  • E

    eClinicalWorks

    eClinicalWorks is a Massachusetts-based company that sells electronic medical record (EMR), practice management (PM) and personal health record (PHR) software and services to reportedly more than 115,000 physicians and 70,000 facilities in the United States.

  • enterprise master patient index (EMPI)

    An enterprise master patient index (EMPI) is a database that is used to maintain consistent and accurate information about each patient registered by a healthcare organization.

  • Epic Systems

    Epic Systems is one of the largest providers of health information technology, used primarily by large U.S. hospitals and health systems to access, organize, store and share electronic medical records.

  • M

    Meditech (Medical Information Technology Inc.)

    Meditech (Medical Information Technology Inc.) is an electronic health record vendor that holds a 19% market share in the hospital industry, but faces intense competition.

  • O

    OpenEMR

    OpenEMR is free, open source software for the health care industry. OpenEMR integrates medical practice management, electronic medical record (EMR), patient scheduling and electronic billing functionality.

  • P

    patient record locator

    A patient record locator is a computer service that allows doctors and nurses to obtain a patient’s electronic health records including electronic medical records, ambulatory medical record and prescription data.

  • personal health record (PHR)

    A personal health record (PHR) is a collection of health-related information that is documented and maintained by the individual it pertains to.

  • Practice Fusion

    Practice Fusion announced that its EMR software is now bundled with Dell desktop, laptop, printer, scanner and networking systems that have been pre-configured for the medical industry.

  • V

    Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER)

    Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) is an electronic health record program that tracks the medical history of American soldiers through their entire service, from active duty to veteran status.

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