Finding software can be overwhelming. Software Advice helps community health centers choose the right EMR software so they can support multiple specialties and meet reporting requirements.

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athenaOne

athenahealth recently named 2020 Best in KLAS: Small Practice Ambulatory EMR/PM, athenaClinicals, for 10 or fewer physicians, and Ambulatory RCM Services, athenaCollector, is providing cloud-based services for electronic health records... Read more

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RXNT

RXNT’s integrated suite of Practice Management, Medical Billing, and EHR software optimizes revenue management and clinical outcomes, and includes free setup, training, and ongoing support. RXNT’s pricing is affordable and predictable,... Read more

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eClinicalWorks

ClinicalWorks, an electronic health record (EHR) and practice management solution, provides technology for every step of the patient care delivery process. Clinicians access features including patient engagement, Telehealth, customizable... Read more

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Euclid

Euclid is a medical management solution that helps hospitals and healthcare providers streamline various clinical operations such as claims processing, scheduling, billing and more. With its administrative dashboard, professionals... Read more

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Mend

Mend is a cloud-based healthcare communication solution that enables patients and providers to connect and share files, messages, assessments, photos and data. Users and providers can use video conferencing and live chat tools on... Read more

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Clearwave

Clearwave, the comprehensive patient engagement platform empowers specialty practices, hospitals and health systems to improve profitability, productivity, and patient access. In addition to its digital patient check-in solutions,... Read more

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Waystar Revenue Cycle Technology

Waystar is a cloud-based revenue cycle management platform for healthcare systems. The solution is used by organizations of all sizes to manage administrative and clinical functions. Key features include insurance verification, coverage... Read more

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NobilityRCM

Nobility is a medical service provider offering medical billing and pre-funding services to medical practices of all sizes. The solution helps users to manage their administrative operations and routines. Nobility's billing service... Read more

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myAvatar by Netsmart

myAvatar is an electronic health record (EHR) specifically designed for organizations that provide behavioral health and addictions treatment services in community-based, residential and inpatient programs. It offers a recovery-focused... Read more

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myEvolv by Netsmart

Netsmart’s myEvolv is a versatile EHR system with robust billing and scheduling capabilities. Customizable forms, templates, workflows and compliance features are ideal for community and federally qualified health centers. Read more

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Aprima EHR

Aprima EHR is designed to take advantage of mobile hardware including the Aprima Mobile smartphone app for tablets, touchscreens and smartphone devices. Aprima is suitable for physicians in primary care and more than 70 specialties... Read more

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Aprima EHR

Aprima EHR is designed to take advantage of mobile hardware including the Aprima Mobile smartphone app for tablets, touchscreens and smartphone devices. Aprima is suitable for physicians in primary care and more than 70 specialties... Read more

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TheraNest

TheraNest is an HIPAA compliant web-based mental health solution used by solo practitioners, large mental health practices, and nonprofit organizations. The solution is suited for therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and social... Read more

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10to8

10to8 is a cloud-based booking solution for small to large businesses in all industries. It provides users with a customized booking website where clients can schedule appointments, pay for events and services and access existing bookings. Clients... Read more

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NueMD

NueMD offers a suite of cloud-based software and medical billing services for practices of all sizes. NueMD is an integrated practice management, medical billing, electronic health recording and appointment scheduling solution. Medical... Read more

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Speedy Claims

SpeedyClaims is an on-premise tool that allows small clinics and single-provider offices to manage CMS 1500 insurance claim forms. It is compatible with most Windows operating systems. Users can print paper copies of their CMS 1500... Read more

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Greenway Health Prime Suite

Greenway Health’s ambulatory platform provides healthcare organizations with clinical, financial, and administrative tools and services. Prime Suite is Greenway’s electronic health record (EHR) and practice management (PM) system.... Read more

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vcita

vcita is a cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) solution for small businesses. Entrepreneurs and business owners can manage their client engagements from any device from anywhere. It enables organizations to drive more... Read more

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AppointmentPlus

AppointmentPlus is a cloud-based scheduling tool suitable for businesses of all sizes and industries. It offers configurable appointment setting tools, embeddable features for websites, HIPAA-compliant appointment scheduling for patients... Read more

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Cerner PowerChart Ambulatory EHR

Cerner's PowerChart Ambulatory EHR is a hybrid EHR solution that caters to clinicians in hospitals and ambulatory facilities. PowerChart is designed to help with multi-entity electronic medical record creation. This solution can be... Read more

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Buyers guide


Last Updated: February 13, 2021

If you’re a medical practitioner, you understand the importance of being able to provide higher quality care to patients for your business as well as for the patients themselves. You’d need quick access to complete, accurate, and up-to-date records of the patients, ensure reduced medical errors in documentation, and efficient communication with the patient. In some cases, you’d also want to be able to consult other doctors across locations for the purpose of providing accurate diagnosis.

But being able to manage all this and maintaining your individual productivity can be challenging. Luckily, we have electronic health record (EHR) or electronic medical record (EMR) tools that can help you with all this and more. To help you understand how software can help, we’ve prepared this guide.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

What is EHR/EMR software?

Electronic medical record (EMR) or electronic health record (EHR) is a tool that helps community and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) manage all aspects of medical practices. It helps scheduling appointments, tracking patients, allocating staff, resource utilization, patient volume, billing, claims management, communication between healthcare providers, and reporting. Many community and FQHC software products available in the market also offer a sliding fee scale feature. This feature can apply discounts automatically to a patient’s fees depending on certain parameters. Some of these parameters are patient’s family size, income levels, and federal poverty guidelines.

Community and FCHQ EMR software serves solo practitioners as well as small, midsize, and large community health centers. The software helps users streamline operations, provide quality care to patients, improve efficiency, and reduce the chance of manual errors. It also checks for a patient’s insurance policy and verifies it with the provider.

Compare community and FQHC software

Community health clinics and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) serve over 20 million patients a year. They play a critical role in providing quality care to vulnerable populations in particular. In spite of their importance, community health clinics and FQHCs are often underfunded compared to private sector organizations of the same size.

It's no surprise then that community health centers using electronic medical records (EMRs) report significant improvements in the quality of the care they’re able to provide. In fact, research has found that the computerized order entry and decision support systems that most EMRs feature can both lower costs and save lives.

That's because community health EMR software helps centers streamline care coordination among providers and across various types of practitioner settings. For example, free clinic software can track criteria you’re required to report on and provide detailed analysis of practice efficiency and patient trends. To help community health centers make the most of their EMR software, most vendors will provide training and support as well.

Common features of community health center EMR software

EMR software systems typically include medical records, billing, inventory management, and scheduling features. When selecting free clinic management software, you should pay particular attention to the following criteria:

Coordination among providers and across care settings Community healthcare practitioners often refer patients to specialists ranging from dentists to pediatricians to physical therapists to behavioral health experts. Does your EMR make it easy for these specialists to access a patient’s complete, up-to-date medical history? Top EMR systems will allow you to share—or isolate—patient data across practices and locations and let clinics, billing experts or administrative aids manage information at once.
Integrated clinical and administrative database for reporting and management With UDS, FQHC, and CMS reporting requirements keeping administrative teams at community healthcare clinics busy, having easy access to data can help minimize the time needed to deliver accurate operation and performance data to funders. Also provides tracking for securing new funding sources (i.e., grants and research), as well as managing satellite clinics and coordinating care for patients visiting several sites.
SOAP note templates Because so many different clinical needs are met by community health centers, top EMR systems often provide built-in content for 20-30 or more specialties. These clinical note templates enable clinicians to automate basic procedures and tasks, freeing up their attention to focus on other things.
Support One of the biggest complaints heard in the community healthcare sector is that EMR systems are complex and lack the support to help practices transition to the new software. Most vendors provide the implementation support and training you need to maximize EMR functionality, including round-the-clock support, on-site training, and more.
Communities for learning skills and sharing best practices Some EMR providers are involved in projects to create support networks, such as benchmark creation and information-sharing programs. Some software providers even offer networked community health centers pricing based on economies of scale for the whole network. Networks facilitated by software companies can also provide practitioners with more learning-by-doing opportunities.
Billing procedures and compliance EMR systems can help you carry out compliant and efficient billing, and may even feature split billing capabilities. By importing federal poverty guidelines, EMRs can also help you automate what you charge when it's based on sliding scale fees.

Market trends to understand

As a community health center manager you are aware of the importance of scheduling, billing, discount management, insurance and fund management. Before you begin your software evaluation and comparison, you should pay attention to a couple of market trends:

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS): Increasing numbers of community health clinics are interested in cloud-based software to automate their processes since it provides a lower startup cost and a quicker implementation time. Some of the other benefits cloud-based systems offer are quick update installations and remote access to users, which helps to maintain continuity in patient care.

Mobile-integrated EHR: Widespread acceptance of cloud-based software has been driving consumers toward mobile compatible solutions. These solutions not only increase the productivity of clinic staff by keeping them updated, but also increase patient satisfaction by providing them instant access to their information. Most EHR software is either mobile browser compatible or has an application for iOS and Android mobile devices.

Sliding fee scale: Increasing numbers of community and FQHC EMR software providers are offering sliding fee features, which allow users to apply relevant discounts to a patient's bill. Additionally, it enables users to manage poverty guidelines, income threshold and region-based discounts.

Patient check-in kiosk: With the rising popularity and adoption of self-service technology, check-in kiosks are also gaining traction. These kiosks can be an iPad, tablet PC, or touch screen monitor, and they allow patients to check themselves in using ID cards. Patients can also digitally sign their forms via these kiosks.