[ Wednesday, September 13, 2006 ]


Ouch! Here's something you better think about if you're searching for an EMR vendor: what happens to your ability to access your patients' information if you get into a fight with the vendor, or can't pay the vendor, or otherwise terminate the EMR agreement? Most EMR companies will allow access but will limit other functionality (i.e., you can see your patient records, but you can't enter new information). Keep in mind what happens if you've got things like computerized physician order entry integrated into the EMR. Many EMR contract will have an "escrow" arrangement where a third party agrees to hold the code in escrow while the parties fight it out, which could help insure at least that patients aren't harmed. Definitely something to keep you eye on if you're thinking about EMRs.

Jeff [12:33 PM]

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