One Example of Rating Long Term Care EMR Software

Posted on April 27, 2010 I Written By

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After my previous post on EMR company ratings, one of my readers pointed me to a resource (pdf) that kind of rates the various long term care EMR software vendors. There are 64 listed and not all are EMR vendors, but it’s an interesting way to approach listing the various long term care software providers. Basically, a list of each vendor and a mark in the column that matches the software.

Of course, the real problem with this type of resource is that it’s just a grid with no qualitative information. The grid works great when you’re talking about static details like database or supported operating systems. However, when you’re talking about various functions in an EMR software, you need some more qualitative information and not just a check box.

For example, it would be simple to put a check box next to ePrescribing for various vendors, but not all ePrescribing are created equal. This requires some qualitative information and no doubt can have multiple perspectives.

The question is, how do you rate the various EMR features in a meaningful way?