The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has issued guidance that explains important contract terms when negotiating with a vendor to purchase an electronic health records product.

Research firm Westat prepared the guidance under a contract with ONC. Understanding the terms can help an organization select the appropriate EHR, protect from business and safety risks, and ensure the EHR and vendor do what is expected, according to the guidance. “If you misunderstand these terms, you may not be able to rely on your contract to help prevent disruptions to your practice.”

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