Electronic health record (EHR) vendor selection

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  • VistA EHR

    VistA EHR, more formally known as the VistA Computerized Patient Record System, is an open source electronic health record (EHR) system developed by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 

  • 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. 

  • master patient index (MPI)

    A master patient index (MPI) is an electronic medical database that holds information on every patient registered at a health care organization. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • Allscripts

    Allscripts is the brand name of Chicago-based AllscriptsMisys Healthcare Solutions Inc., which was formed in 2008 by the merger of part of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. with London-based Misys Healthcare Systems LLC. 

  • computerized physician order entry (CPOE)

    Computerized physician order entry (CPOE) is the process of entering medication orders or other physician instructions electronically instead of on paper charts. 

About Electronic health record (EHR) vendor selection

Electronic health record (EHR) vendor selection can be a long, arduous process. After all, there are more than 400 EHR software vendors in the U.S. alone. These resources will help health IT professionals and physicians find the best EHR software for their organizations. In addition to discovering the key questions to ask during the EHR selection process, learn about increasingly popular options such as free EHR software and iPad EHR systems.