Vendor Selection in the Platform Age of the EHR

August 19, 2020 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm

COVID-19 has made deficiencies and restrictions inherent to current EHR systems more apparent and more intolerable. Clinicians are burning out faster and with more dire outcomes as the pandemic rages on. Also, 40% of physician burnout is attributable to poorly performing EHRs, according to a group of researchers from the University of New Mexico (UNM). Until recently, EHRs went unchecked in how they leveraged their data capital. But as interoperability has transformed from an idea to a requirement, legislative, competitive, and technological shifts are driving patient data across systems. All of the major EHR vendors have embraced an “app store” approach to enable more agile and customizable solutions to patient data and clinical care. What is emerging is a new generation of “platform EHRs” that create clinical intelligence systems based on open APIs and highly configurable core EHR functionality. Evaluating an EHR in this new landscape is challenging as an “apples to apples” comparison across solutions becomes more difficult.

During this webinar, hear from Marshall Taylor, Azalea’s Director of Implementation, and Fred Zodda–healthcare expert and IT advisor–as they provide a framework for evaluating platform EHRs, the critical difference between solutions, and the steps in the EHR evaluation process. By the end of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe a framework for evaluating EHR platforms
  • List the differences between traditional EHR solutions and EHR platform offerings
  • Create a baseline list of qualifying questions
  • Apply an EHR platform evaluation framework to their own vendor selection activities

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