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Top 10 Ambulatory EHR Vendors by Physician Practice EHR Implementations

Choosing a flexible, cost-efficient EHR vendor is vital to meeting the unique needs of ambulatory practices in the healthcare industry.

Ambulatory EHR Implementations by Vendor.

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- While the market for inpatient EHR/EMR systems is mostly dominated by a select group of well-known EHR companies such as Epic Systems and Cerner, the wide range of specialties and practice sizes comprising ambulatory care has allowed for more competition among EHR vendors.

Big EHR vendors with hefty price tags don’t always appeal to smaller practices. With cost, customization, and specialty being major focal points in ambulatory settings, lesser-known EHR vendors have a better chance of gaining traction among physicians on the outpatient side.

The following is an alphabetized list of the top ambulatory EHR vendors according to number of physician practice EHR implementations based on data from Definitive Healthcare.

Allscripts (Allscripts Professional/Enterprise)
Allscripts ambulatory care EHR technology is an open-platform solution designed to consolidate all physician information sources into one connected network. Focused on care coordination, electronic prescribing, and streamlined administration, Allscripts EHR prioritizes optimizing physician-patient interaction. The EHR-integrated financial and clinical solutions mitigate administrative burden to free up time for physicians to devote to patient care.

athenahealth (athenaClinicals)
athenahealth provides physicians with a cloud-based software accessible from any location. athenaClinicals, its ambulatory care technology, integrates quality measures into physician workflows and provides clinicians with a team of specialists to handle administrative duties and reporting requirements according to today’s federal regulations. The athenaClinicals cloud-based platform allows for open health data exchange through an interoperable network surpassing 112,000 clinical practices and networks.

Cerner (PowerChart)
Supporting over 40 specialties, Cerner’s PowerChart ambulatory care EHR provides integrated clinical and financial solutions centered on cost and time-efficient care delivery that meets regulatory requirements and optimizes patient outcomes. Cerner PowerChart also offers an ambulatory patient portal to promote patient engagement with secure messaging, appointment booking, clinical information viewing, and patient education resources built-in.

eClinicalWorks (eClinicalWorks)
Currently servicing over 70,000 facilities, eClinicalWorks EHR is equipped with customizable features physicians can use to tailor the technology to its specific practice needs. Offering e-prescribing, clinical decision support, and registry and quality measure reporting embedded in the system, eClinicalWorks ambulatory clinical solutions uses a single database to ensure a patient’s comprehensive record is available anywhere in an instant.

Epic Systems (EpicCare Ambulatory)
Epic Systems ambulatory EHR offers a comprehensive patient health record designed to improve patient safety, reduce cost, and optimize efficiency to lead to better patient health outcomes. Named the top ambulatory EHR by KLAS 11-straight years, EpicCare Ambulatory offers personalized workflows and applications to fit physician’s needs. With predictive data analytics and clinical decision support tools embedded in the EHR, EpicCare provides mobile apps to ensure patient information and support tools are immediately accessible no matter where a physician goes.

Eyefinity (OfficeMate/ExamWRITER)
Designed specifically for ophthalmologists, Eyefinity’s ExamWRITER EHR software focuses on workflow efficiency designed to automate everyday tasks freeing up physicians to focus on delivering quality patient care. Eyefinity ExamWriter workflows automatically document and update patient exam records with a comprehensive view of a patient medical histories and up-to-date prescriptions. The software also automatically sends final prescription information to OfficeMate, the vendor’s accompanying practice management software, prompting fast lab orders and billing.

GE Healthcare (Centricity)
GE Healthcare’s Centricity EHR provides physician practices with an ambulatory EHR capable of integrating clinical services with revenue cycle management and practice management solutions. Centricity’s customizable EHR workflows optimize clinical efficiency. GE Healthcare Centricity also seeks to provide seamless, interoperable information exchange allowing for collaboration between providers and systems.

Greenway (Prime Suite)
Greenway Health’s integrated EHR and practice management system, Prime Suite, offers clinical, financial, and data analytics features to clinicians and facilitates administrative duties ranging from documentation to reporting. Notable features included in Greenway’s Prime Suite ambulatory EHR include a single-sign on for EHR and practice management, a specialty-specific clinical template library, integrated speech-to-text mobile apps, patient engagement, and data analytics solutions. Greenway’s EHR prioritizes usability, regulatory preparedness to help clinicians meet federal reporting requirements, and data aggregation and reporting for upcoming value-based payment programs.

NextGen Healthcare (NextGen Ambulatory)
Designed by physicians,  NextGen Ambulatory ensures patient care is the central focus of all EHR systems and workflows. Serving over 90,000 providers, NextGen ambulatory offers interoperability solutions meant to improve data sharing and optimize coordination of care between patients, providers, payers, health registries, and other health organizations. With clinical solutions including population health and patient engagement, NextGen’s EHR technology seeks to improve quality of care across the care continuum.

Practice Fusion (PracticeFusion 2)
This cost-free cloud-based EHR platform includes features such as e-prescribing, customizable templates designed to reduce data re-entry through shortcuts, and automated “favorite” lists allowing physicians to access frequently-used orders in their EHRs. Practice Fusion’s EHR also accommodates automatic patient appointment reminders, insurance eligibility confirmations, and HIPAA-compliant electronic faxing available on provider tablets. 

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