Please note that this situation is evolving rapidly. Some of the sites below have some older articles, and while they may still offer useful guidance, some information may be outdated.
The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology has information on grant opportunities and incentive programs around the state and nationwide, including a frequently-updated incentive index: www.ehrdecisions.com.
For a summary of HIT provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, see www.theOMA.org/arra.
O-HITEC - The Oregon Health Information Technology Extension Center furnishes assistance, through education, outreach, and technical assistance, to help health care providers in their geographic service areas select, successfully implement, and meaningfully use certified EHR technology to improve the quality and value of health care in the state of Oregon. Contact O-HITEC at (503) 943-2617 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EHR Contracts: Key Contract Terms for Users to Understand - Westat, a contractor for the federal Office of the National Coordinator has prepared a 25-page guide that discusses key terms in EHR or software contracts that you need to know and offers advice on warranties and disclaimers, dispute resolution, indemnification and more.
Physician Office Usage of EHR Software - SK&A, a firm contracted with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, issued a report earlier this year that lists the most frequently used EHR software, broken down by number of physicians at the location, average patient daily volume, specialty, region, etc.
emrupdate.com is an excellent source of public information and updates on EMR and EHR. Find news, forums, links, resources and more. Click the “getting started” link at the top of the page for articles and tips on selecting and implementing an EHR or EMR system.
ehrCentral at The Provider’s Edge has a massive collection of EHR articles available to the public and a bibliography of other recommended reading. The site also has FAQs, news and links to other valuable resources.
EHR Decisions from the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology provides information and news about EHR implementation and CCHIT certification. The site also offers an index of state and national incentive programs.
MGMA has articles on EHR implementation and incentive programs. They also sell books and provide professional development opportunities for those interested in learning more about EHR. Most of their content is for MGMA members only, but some resources are available to the public, including a buyer’s guide listing several EHR/EMR vendors.
HIMSS offers tools and articles on a number of EHR topics, including case studies illustrating challenges, successes, and various factors that affect EHR implementation. Some of this content is for HIMSS members only, but most is available to the public.
emr.boomja.com is a collection of links to EHR/EMR resources and organizations. Find advice and tools from experts as well as information about software options and EHR/EMR vendors.