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EMR Systems – Best Electronic Medical Records Software

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Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Software has transformed the documentation of patient records from a time-consuming, error ridden task to an efficient and streamlined process.

Not only are these EMR software systems more secure, they help healthcare organizations more accurately treat patients through the increased efficiency, detail, and access to employee health record information.

An EMR System, or electronic medical records system, is a digitized paper charting system which includes diagnoses, medical history, immunization records, lab results, medications, allergies, and physicians notes.

EMR systems are an all-in-one solution that can also schedule patient appointments, file prescriptions, and even verify a patients insurance information.

Most healthcare organizations have implemented some type of EMR software to increase their efficiency, productivity, and patient privacy and security.

In fact, the implementation of EMR systems in healthcare organizations all over the world has made the health information technology market explode in recent years.

E-recording is the new way to manage a healthcare organization.

With the EMR systems market becoming saturated due to the high demand, it can be hard to find the EMR system that is right for your organization.

In this article we are going to review the top rated EMR systems to help your practice make the best choice for your patients and physicians.

These EMR software vendors made the list based on reviews from real practices using the software, online reviews, and research done by our own team of experts.

Here are the Best EMR Systems of 2021:

CureMD

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CureMD is designed to work in healthcare organizations of all sizes and is a cloud-based EMR solution.

Their award winning software includes an impressive patient portal that allows patients to register online, book appointments, refill prescriptions view lab and radiology results, sign consents, review statements, make payments, check-in, and more.

Some of its more notable features include e-prescribing, interoperability, workflow automation, electronic labs, and their feature rich iOS app.

CureMD is built for usability, performance, and reliability.

It delivers advanced features, previously available in systems costing thousands of dollars, at a fraction of the cost.

Key Features

  • Patient Portal – gives patients the ability to schedule appointment, access their own medical records information, make payments, obtain lab results, and access forms.
  • Interoperability – health information exchanges between other clinics, healthcare organizations and stakeholders.
  • E-Prescribing – connects pharmacists with over 40,000 pharmacies across the country and can process prescriptions including mail order and retail pharmacies.
  • CureMD Avalon is their iOS app that lets users add physical exams, lab orders, vitals, diagnoses, complaints, prescriptions and histories. The iPad app provides an end-to-end order entry module that acknowledges, assigns, reviews and signs lab results.
  • Revenue Cycle Management feature allows for a complete billing system that lets providers interact with patients and consolidate their physician, hospital and post-acute bills in one statement to improve the patient experience. It includes online bill-pay, paperless billing and pre-payments calculated on the basis of financial assistance and estimates.
  • Customizable note templates, workflow editor, reportable transcription, and more.

Website

https://www.curemd.com/ehr.asp

athenaOne

Athena Health EHR

AthenaOne is offered by athenaHealth  which was recently named best Small Practice Ambulatory EMR/PM by the 2020 Best in KLAS report.

They provide cloud-based services for EMR/EHR including patient engagement, revenue cycle and medical billing management, population health management, and more.

The application is available for both Android and iOS devices.

While originally aimed for smaller to medium sized practices, they have expanded to meet the needs of organizations of all sizes.

athenaOne is a user friendly and powerful addition to your organization with some notable features such as medication list management, clinical summaries, and documentation support.

Key Features:

  • Patient Portal – gives patients the ability to schedule appointment, access their own medical records information, make payments, obtain lab results, and access forms.
  • SureScripts certified for medication list management – athenaOne helps physicians track medications prescribed to their patients including over-the-counter and prescribed medications.
  • Clinical summaries through their Portal – clinical summaries can be done thorugh the patient portal or on paper for easy patient access and review. Paper clinical summaries can be scanned and uploaded to the portal. Physicians can also assign tasks to staff members.
  • athenaOne connects to 12,000 imaging and lab endpoints, 95% of pharmacies in the US, 26,000 health plans and 1,200 non-athena sites. It also connects to Carequality and CommonWell for access to Cerner and Epic sites and to local and national health information exchanges.
  • Maintains records of demographic data like insurance type, gender, preferred language, ethnicity and race. Physicians and staff can use filters to sort data by specific demographic data.

Website:

https://www.athenahealth.com

Epic Care

EPIC EMR SoftwareEpic’s software is mainly used in large health systems, community hospitals and academic medical centers.

Being such an established, and large provider, the Epic EMR offers a comprehensive approach to software in this space, with support for the entire spectrum of both ambulatory, and hospital facility needs.

Users report that this EMR system is intuitive, so staff are usually able to figure out how to perform tasks without having to go through extensive training.

Epic Care gives doctors the ability to maintain historical records of their patients and mange daily operations such as billing, appointment scheduling and payments.

Epic care has the capability of handling clinical trials, revenue cycles and care management, analytics, and artificial intelligence.

They even have a community where physicians can ask experts in various specialties questions and receive answers.

Key Features:

  • Appointment and Billing management, Clinical workflows, Document management, Insurance and claims.
  • Telehealth capabilities such as patient monitoring, ongoing care, specialist referral and peer consultation, video visits, chronic disease management, ICU monitoring, and more.
  • Patient Portal – gives patients the ability to schedule appointment, access their own medical records information, make payments, obtain lab results, and access forms.
  • Community Portal – Keeps caregivers and providers information about the patient as well as submit referrals, schedule visits, etc.
  • Patient demographics – Maintains records of demographic data like insurance type, gender, preferred language, ethnicity and race. Physicians and staff can use filters to sort data by specific demographic data.
  • Epic Share – Lets users expand their EMR to hospitals, independent practices and post-acute facilities and keeps scheduling and billing separate.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and analytics – Epic Care has AI learning algorithms that deploy artificial intelligence models in the cloud.
  • Physicians and patients can access the EMR on mobile device such as smart phones, tablets, or even their Apple watch. Mobility also allows physicians to monitor patient treatment remotely.
  • Revenue Cycle Management – This system is also a billing system that lets providers interact with patients and consolidate their physician, hospital and post-acute bills in one statement to improve the patient experience. It includes online bill-pay, paperless billing and pre-payments calculated on the basis of financial assistance and estimates.
  • Government Regulations

Website:

https://www.epic.com

AdvancedMD

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For the small to medium sized healthcare organization, AdvancedMD lets users access its cloud-based system with a simply, single login.

Their 100% cloud based platform makes the software easy to access across multiple devices and platforms with complete availability of all your information.

AdvancedMD is an  all-in-one solution that includes billing, medical coding, online patient records and portal access.

Key Features

  • Scheduling, patient rooming, task management, e-prescribing, patient messaging, telemedicine, reputation management.
  • Custom Health Plans – physicians can create and manage patient-specific conditions by creating customer health plans based on factors like sex, age, and lab results.
  • Patient Portal – gives patients the ability to schedule appointment, access their own medical records information, make payments, obtain lab results, and access forms.
  • Reporting and Analytics – get real-time information to better understand your organizations financial performance.
  • The Health Watcher feature sends auto-alerts and has custom plans to help patients follow treatment plans. It monitors and creates patient population health trends and builds healthcare plans to manage conditions according to sex, lab results, age and diagnosis.

Website

https://www.advancedmd.com

Cerner PowerChart Ambulatory

Cerner EHR

Cerner is a large EMR enterprise that is working on a contract with Amazon to further enhance their EMR/EHR system and health management suite.

They successfully work in the public sector as well with the VA and Department of Defense.

Their mission is to provide excellent patient care while improving the ROI.

Their solutions are dynamic, integrated and they are quick to update and evolve with the changing needs of the healthcare industry.

Cerner PowerChart Ambulatory supports more than 40 specialties and is suitable for healthcare organizations of all sizes.

It integrates seamlessly with popular healthcare systems while adhering to industry standards and following communication protocols as prescribed by regional, local and national healthcare information exchanges (HIE).

Key Features:

  • Patient charting, Lab integration, E-prescriptions, Medicare eligibility verification, Integrations with other products, Staff shift planning
  • Patient Portal/Kiosk – gives patients the ability to schedule appointment, access their own medical records information, make payments, obtain lab results, and access forms.  With the Kiosk, patients can view and confirm appointment details, check-in, update and view insurance information, demographics and registration forms.
  • Advanced documentation capabilities – Creates documentation and supports the doctor’s cognitive process with code words, free text, structured documentation and voice recognition in the patient’s chart. Also integrates Dragon voice recognition and creates documentation in real time using speech recognition.
  • Automated Registration – Automates the registration, transfer, discharge and admitting processes. Creates a master identifier to design how a patient will move across the health system. Can collect payments and co-pays on outstanding balances before care is delivered.
  • PowerChart Touch lets physicians in ambulatory settings access current orders and clinical data on a tablet or smartphone with easy touch and go technology.

Website:

https://www.cerner.com/solutions/health-systems

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Katie Brownley

Katie Brownley

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