The New Mexico Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center has named six electronic health records vendors as "appropriate and qualified" vendors for physicians in the state to consider.
Many RECs across the nation are speeding the vendor selection process by conducting initial due diligence work and giving providers a list of finalists from which to make their EHR selection. The finalists often have agreed to standard or near-uniform contract provisions and discounted pricing.
The New Mexico REC has initially selected Allscripts, athenahealth, eClinicalWorks, Greenway, NextGen and Sage as its EHR partners. "These are the vendors we truly know something about and have received high levels of training on their product," says Lindi Dittmer-Perry, REC program director.
While the REC has selected partners and will review other vendors each quarter, it also will work with any vendor that a physician has or contracts with. The partner vendors have agreed to discounted pricing, but not standard contract provisions, which is a reflection of less negotiating power for the sparsely populated state. New Mexico, with a goal of serving 1,035 physicians, is in competition with RECs across the nation for vendors' attention, Dittmer-Perry notes. "You can go a mile in New York and hit 100 doctors, but can go 100 miles and hit one doctor here."
More information is available at nmhitrec.org.
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