Looking for the best Electronic Medical Record (EMR/EHR) for your practice?

According to physician users, not all EHRs are created equal. In fact, EHR software cannot and should not be all things to all providers. To perform well in your practice, an EHR must be designed specifically for providers and developed free of structured charting templates. If not, an EHR has the potential to slow your charting down, hurt your medical quality, and waste your valuable time. An EHR can be a powerful liberating tool and improve your professional life, or it can be a tedious charting process, slowing you down while eroding the care you give to your patients. If you are searching for the Best Electronic Health Record (EMR/EHR), be sure and keep in mind that not all EHRs are alike. To help guide your EHR selection, here's what thousands of your colleagues think.

Here are the Top Ten EHR/EMR systems according to physician users.

Epic, Praxis EMR, Cerner, GE Centricity, Nextech, eClinicalWorks, Athenahealth, Allscripts, Nextgen, Meditech.



Epic
Praxis EMR/EHR
Cerner
GEHealthcare
Nextech
eClinicalWorks
Athenahealth
AllScripts
Nextgen
Meditech
Epic
Epic

1. Epic

Epic Systems was one of the first providers of electronic health records since its founding in 1979. Epic mainly focuses on medical groups such as community hospitals, academic medical centers, multi-speciality groups, independent practices, and rehab centers. KLAS has ranked Epic's EHR as the best in KLAS for five years in the largest segment. The company is employee-owned and developer-led with its software built-in house.


American EHR

3.41/5

AAFP

6th Place

Capterra

4.3/5

Software Advice

4.3/5
Praxis EMR/EHR
Praxis

2. Praxis EMR

Founded in 1989, Praxis EMR/EHR is an award-winning, serving thousands of physicians across the U.S. and throughout the world. Praxis has an artificial intelligence (AI) technology called Concept Processing that self learns while the user charts in free text. Due to its focus on usability and user experience, Praxis is the number one rated EHR in user satisfaction at Software Advice, Capterra, AmericanEHR, and in the AAFP's EHR User Satisfaction Surveys. Praxis is cloud or server based, and certified as a complete EHR for MACRA and automates CMS Quality Reporting Programs.


Cerner
Cerner

3. Cerner

Cerner was founded by three accountants in Kansas City, Missouri and has been a provider of electronic medical records for 40 years now. Cerner mainly focuses on health information technology systems and provides services to health care providers of all sizes, along with 55 different specialties. Cerner has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as being one of the most innovative companies in America and a great employer for new graduates. Cerner is very proud of being a leading innovator in this industry.


American EHR

2.92/5

AAFP

9th Place

Capterra

3.8/5

Software Advice

3.78/5
GE Healthcare
GE Healthcare

4. GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare was founded in 1994 and has been providing electronic medical records services for 25 years now as a subsidiary of GE. This company mainly focuses on large health care providers and functions greatly for high capacity systems. At the 2019 MCA Awards, GE Healthcare was shortlisted for a number of categories such as performance improvement and team leader consultant. GE Healthcare shows great concern for its patients as demonstrated through providing personalized health care that meets each patient's needs.


American EHR

3.28/5

AAFP

N/A

Capterra

N/A

Software Advice

3.78/5
Nextech
Nextech

5. Nextech

Nextech EMR is a full-featured EMR and Practice Management solution for medical practices. Nextech is in the game for the best Emr application for more than 20 years. As one of the leading EMR software, Nextechs seamlessly integrates and enhances productivity. It is fully integrated with Electronic Medical Record and Practice Management software. Nextech increases efficiency in all functional areas of practice.


American EHR

3.78

AAFP

N/A

Capterra

4/5

Software Advice

3.96/5
eClinicalWorks
eClinicalWorks

6. eClinicalWorks

eClinicalWorks is a service provided by the electronic health record company, GroupOne Health Source, which entered the industry in 1999. They work with 80,000 facilities, along with 130,000 doctors and 850,000 nurse practitioners and are especially active with ambulatory health services. eClinicalWorks provides a Grid Cloud which are a group of nine data centers that safeguards private data and administers this information to their partner practices efficiently.


American EHR

3.45/5

AAFP

7th Place

Capterra

3.4/5

Software Advice

3.39/5
Athenahealth
Athenahealth

7. Athenahealth

Athenahealth is a cloud-based service for electronic health records (EHR), revenue cycle management & medical billing, as well as Epocrates and other point-of-care mobile apps. It is suitable for small to midsized practices. It offers five solutions: Athenaclinicals, AthenaCollector, AthenaCommunicator, AthenaCoordinator, and AthenaClarity.


American EHR

3.44/5

AAFP

3rd Place

Capterra

3.7/5

Software Advice

3.74/5
Allscripts
Allscripts

8. Allscripts

AllScripts Healthcare Solutions was founded in 1982 as Medic Computer Systems, but rebranded to its current form in 1986. They provide electronic health records to a wide variety of small to medium sized practices, hospitals, and healthcare providers. In addition, Allscripts is consistently ranked number one by Black Book for ambulatory EHR vendors. Allscripts provides the industry's only platform not tied to the products of any specific manufacturer.


American EHR

3.17/5

AAFP

8th Place

Capterra

3/5

Software Advice

3.01/5
Nextgen
Nextgene

9. Nextgen

NextGen has been operating as an electronic health records service since 1976 and assists nearly 155,000 physicians with their software. NextGen focuses on improving ambulatory care with its nearly 2,900 employees. In addition, NextGen focuses on improving financial management for its clients.


American EHR

2.98/5

AAFP

10th Place

Capterra

4/5

Software Advice

4.01/5
Meditech
Meditech

10. Meditech

Founded in 1969, MEDITECH is a privately held Healthcare IT vendor focusing on small to medium-sized hospitals (under 100 beds up to 200 beds) offering both cloud and server based Billing, revenue cycle management (RCM), and EHR in addition to LIS and PACs solutions. MEDITECH is one of the oldest HealthcareIT vendors in the country and has recently released a cloud-based EHR called Expanse which is focused on improved communication between the patient and hospital. MEDITECH has offices in MA, GA, and MN with installations nationwide.


American EHR

2.83

AAFP

N/A

Capterra

N/A

Software Advice

2.74/5
Here are the Top EHR Features
you should look for
in the Best EHRs of 2021

1. Easy and Intuitive User Interface


Quality Electronic Medical Record Software (EHR/EMR) should be easy-to-use, intuitive, and enable physicians to chart quickly and efficiently. The user interface should have a natural and easy design. The best EHRs should document the entire clinical encounter on a single screen. This saves time and effort by eliminating excessive clicking on template fields, drop down menus, and pick-lists.


2. Protect Privacy and Confidentiality


All certified EHRs today are highly secure, HIPAA compliant, and fully encrypted. The top EHR software should protect you and your patients and offer 100% security and privacy.


3. Remotely Accessible, Compatible with Mobile Devices


A great EHR works on all mobile devices such as tablets, laptops, and remote access is fast and easy from anywhere.


4. Online Portal for Enhanced Patient Communication


Certified EHRs have Patient Portals for secure patient communication to improve patient communication, engagement, and save you time. A great Patient Portal shares just-in-time clinical information with your patients, automates Health Maintenance and enables higher degrees of satisfaction, engagement, and improved clinical outcomes.


5. MACRA & MIPS Certified


Only a Federally certified EHR allows you to comply with MACRA/MIPS/Meaningful Use and Quality Reporting Programs and avoid CMS penalties. Even if you are a Concierge Medicine, DPC, or other Direct Pay clinic, using a certified EHR is critical because only certified EHRs have been tested for minimum functionality, security, and interoperability whereas non-certified EHRs have not.


6. Health Maintenance, Quality Reporting, Population Health, and Clinical Research


The best EHRs will allow you to track, graph, and trend clinical parameters on any patient or patient population and then report clinical data for Quality Reporting, and include Customized Health Maintenance, Disease Management, and Population Health Management.


7. Interfaced Laboratory Systems, Automatic Lab Result Analysis


All good EHR allows you to integrate any laboratory and/or lab module and lab results and values are easily accessible inside your EHR. Only the best EHRs will also automatic graphing and trending of lab results directly in the patient chart.


8. ePrescribing (eRx) and Medication Management


Most good EHRs have ePrescribing (eRx) that allows you to easily add, change, and request for a new medication as well as automate refills. Today's top EHRs allow you to communicate electronically with various pharmacies simultaneously while alerting you to drug interactions, histories, and drug contra-indications.


9. Clinical Decision Support


The best EHRs include Clinical Practice Guidelines and Advisories that activate when a patient meets specific criteria such as diagnosis, physical findings, demographics, insurance, laboratory values, prescribed medications, vital signs and all other clinical parameters.


10. Templates vs. AI Machine Learning


The best EHRs should be based on A.I. or machine learning instead of standardized "template" technology. Template based EHR systems are rigid, cumbersome, and slow charting down. On the other hand, temple-free based EHRs will self-learn as you use them, enabling you to practice faster, easier, and higher-quality medicine.

Key Benefits of the Best EHRs

The highest quality EHRs will of course have much more of an upside compared to any average EHR. Here are some of the benefits of the top EHR systems:

Easy to Use

The best EHRs are easy to use, helping doctors work manageable with intuitive and flexible programs.

Secure

The best EHRs are HIPAA compliant and encrypted, protecting a practice's information, both for the practice itself and the patient.

AI-Driven

The best EHR should have an AI system that learns and adapts based on a doctor's practice preferences and gets faster and smarter as it is used.

Fast

An EHR system enables doctors to work both easier and faster; efficiency is a trait that is pertinent for any business and is vital to the best EHRs.

Affordable

The best EHRs are affordable and offer the most bang for the buck by saving practitioners money and time and helping them to practice quality medicine efficiently.

Certified

Has the comprehensive security, functionality and interoperability features of an EHR to be certified by the Certification Committee for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) for MACRA attestation.

High-Quality

A high-quality EHR system is made up of a reliable, high performing, and user-friendly program that prompts better quality care from its users.

Interoperable

Being able to share information between different EHR systems and share information between providers.

Award-Winning

Rankings and awards, like the ACP, AAFP, Software Advice FrontRunners guide, will highlight the finest EHRs based on real life user experience.

Legal Protection

The best EHR will assure its users are abiding with HIPAA requirements, documentation guidelines, and many other legal needs to protect its doctors and ensure quality care.

Customer Satisfaction

Only the best EHR can be rated #1 in customer satisfaction and usability from physician-users who enjoy improved efficiency and medical quality, with increased revenues and professional satisfaction.

Template-Free

Only a template-free EHR will allow more freedom for the doctor as the software is comprehensively customized around the physician rather than relying on cumbersome and uncompromising templates.

What's the difference between
EMR and EHR?

The terms electronic medical record (EMR) and electronic health record (EHR) are synonymous today, but they did not start that way and some still argue that there is a difference. Praxis is a fully certified EHR. So, Praxis is an EHR. However the original term EMR is more precise, and should be preferred by medical practitioners.

Why does Praxis proudly claim to be the best EMR and not simply an EHR?

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