MEDITECH EHR is an on-premise electronic health record (EHR) system that provides clinical charting for health care professionals at midsized and community hospitals.
Providers can view patient vitals, lab results, medication information, health history, patient notes and diagnostic imaging from this secure, HIPAA-compliant system. MEDITECH EHR is also Meaningful Use Stage 2-certified, and offers features that assist administrators in attesting for government stimulus packages.
The clinical panels feature allows physicians and other caregivers to view current patient activity and group selected pieces of information into a single screen. They can also be customized to suit a physician's specialty, such as dietary or respiratory therapy, so that only relevant information is initially shown.
In an effort to increase interoperability with other systems, MEDITECH provides Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs) that include valuable information about a patient’s visit or hospital stay. These can be printed or transmitted electronically and brought with the patient to future visits or appointments with physicians outside of the system.
Kellee from HCA
Specialty: Applied Behavior Analysis/Autism
Employees number: 501-1,000 employees
I work in IT for HCA. We use Meditech 6.0 which is not used by any other facility within our company. We support ourselves because of this. Even before 6.0 came around and we used the same version the rest of the company uses, we struggled to find anything positive about this software. It feels and looks very outdated, like it is a proto-type for a better system. End-users have trouble navigating it, IT has trouble solving issues within it, and the company is slow to respond to support requests.
Charles from Mary Rutan Hospital, Bellfontaine, OH
Specialty: Emergency medicine
Nothing. According to our administration, the system cost millions of dollars for our small community hospital. Yet our IT dept. had to build the system. I was very involved in this process. But there are many inherent limitations of this software. The company did send there people to our hospital for support, they were good, but they frequently said 'it can't do this' or 'it can't do that' when asked why/what can be done to streamline or expand any specific screen or template for any given item.
It is inherently slow. It takes many clicks to accomplish a single step. We have a very good IT dept. and we built the software customized to our hospital. But the system is inherently dysfunctional. There area many examples including very limited number of characters that can be entered by free text in there small box space, then it may unexpectedly delete any of this info. The med reconciliation is cumbersome and inflexible, looking up old records is slow and difficult, and the whole system in unintuitive. We were forced to use the system in my department, but some staff Dr's refused to use it. I used this software at 2 different hospitals and both were bad. There was universal agreement of our med staff that even after a couple of yrs of it being in place, nobody liked it.
Talk to multiple experienced users before choosing. Administrators should not be the ones to choose as they don't have to use it. They may like this one b/c it is easy for them to look up the things they are interested in but from a medical perspective, it is lousy.
Bruce from DCMH
EMR system eliminates paper charting through checkoff boxes and has companion pharmacy module.
Poor templates, not enough freehand charting, cannot acknowledge more than one med at a time.
Go to a hospital that is using this program and see if they will let you take the time to examine their templates to see if they cover everything you need in a program.
Donald from Forks Community Hospital
Relatively easy to use, but somewhat primitive in design, which makes it easy to navigate. Also, the ability to purchase modules to upgrade as needs arise.
Inability to produce a professional looking medical document (jumbled mess with no ability to format or set margins easily).
Buy EPIC instead of Meditech if you want advanced features, high-design GUI, smooth integration of transcribed documents and the ability to have the software tailored to meet specific needs.
Scott from SEMC
Specialty: Radiology / imaging
This is the most cumbersome EMR i have ever used. It takes far too many clicks to accomplish anything. Four screens to simply find a patient is pathetic. Data is poorly organized and not easily displayed.
The entire product needs to be overhauled. It is cumbersome, unintuitive and poorly designed.
Comments from end users. Doctors that actually use the product should evaluate it in actual practice.
Sean from Memorial Medical Center
Med dose times, self-loads blood glucose levels, alerts to new labs and orders.
Nursing assessments grouped together making it less convenient to chart; could be more user friendly in finding certain reports, images etc.
Get members of all the health care team on board for input on what works/what doesn't.