Regional extension centers serving Maine and Puerto Rico/US Virgin Islands have endorsed specific electronic health records vendors that have agreed to support REC activities to aid physician adoption of EHRs.

Many RECs are picking vendor partners that have agreed to sell products and services at reduced prices, often with standard contract provisions. The goal is to speed the vendor selection process by having RECs conduct initial due diligence work and give providers a list of finalists from which to make their EHR selection.

The Maine Regional Extension Center has endorsed EHRs from athenahealth Inc., e-MDs Inc. and Ingenix Inc. The REC also has endorsed the planning and implementation services of Concordant. In addition to discounted products and services, physicians enrolling with the REC receive eight hours of quality coaching, access to low-interest loans and a connection to the state's health information exchange. HealthInfoNet, operator of the REC, also is the state HIE. More information is available at hinfonet.org.

The Ponce School of Medicine Regional Extension Center serving Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands has initially endorsed four EHR vendors and will issue another request for information. The vendors are ABEL Medical Software, Cure MD, McKesson Practice Partner and NCG Medical. Endorsed vendors agree to offer Spanish language versions. More information is available at http://rec.psm.edu.

--Joseph Goedert

 

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