KLAS Report Evaluates EHR Vendor Options for Urgent Care Centers

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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:

  • CodoniX;
  • 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).
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