Thursday, April 30, 2009

EHR Partners Program

At the American College of Physicians (ACP) meeting in Philly, the ACP announced a program to help clinicians find the right Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. It's called the "Electronic Health Record Partners Program or EHR Partners Program." You must be an ACP member to access the site.

It may not be the most original title, but it was a good purpose behind it. 22 vendors are on this list. These include CCHIT certified vendors. After all, what's the purpose of getting an EHR if it isn't going to be certified? You wont' reap the benefits from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 if you're not using a certified system. I think the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) will be very busy testing and certifying current EHR systems that lack that certification. There's a very bright future for people who decide to pursue a career in health information technology (health IT or HITECH).