Urgent care centers increasingly are seeking electronic health record systems to accommodate growing patient volumes, and three different types of EHR systems could meet those needs, according to a report by research firm KLAS, Healthcare IT News reports.
For the report -- titled, "Urgent Care 2012: A Host of EMR Options" -- researchers interviewed 76 urgent care organizations to assess their EHR vendor's performance.
Different Types of EHR Systems
According to the report, urgent care centers have the option of using:
- Ambulatory EHR systems;
- Emergency department EHR systems; or
- Best-of-breed urgent care EHR systems.
Erik Bermudez -- the report's author -- said, "The best [EHR system] really depends on the urgent care center," adding, "Each urgent care center should examine their facility's needs, and then begin vetting vendors and products."
He added that stand-alone centers tend to use best-of-breed urgent care EHR vendors, while hospital-affiliated centers often adopt the EHR system used by the hospital's ED.
Best-of-Breed EHR Systems
In the report, KLAS also compared the following best-of-breed urgent care EHR vendors:
- DocuTAP; and
- Practice Velocity.
Researchers identified Practice Velocity as the top best-of-breed urgent care EHR vendor based on:
- Efficiency and patient safety;
- Reporting and charge capture; and
- Ongoing vendor support and communication (Monegain, Healthcare IT News, 4/16).