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Radekal

Radekal is a medical software solution for small to midsize practices. It is available for deployment both in the cloud and on-premise. Radekal works to automate diagnoses, prescription creation and progress notes. In the system,... Read More
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MediTouch EHR Software

NextGen Healthcare offers MediTouch EHR and MediTouch PM, a suite of electronic health records and practice management tools that were designed to be web-based and offer a touchscreen user interface. The EHR offers charting, problem... Read More
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Praxis EMR

Praxis is an electronic health record (EHR) platform that offers both web-based and on-premise deployment. The Praxis EHR system is template-free, instead utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) that learns the way each physician operates... Read More
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MedicsDocAssistant by Advanced Data Systems

MedicsDocAssistant is an electronic health recording (EHR) solution certified by ICSA labs for stage 2 Meaningful Use program. The system operates in real time allowing physicians to track their MU progress and attest for Medicare... Read More
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Kareo Clinical EHR

Kareo is a Web-based EHR, medical billing, and practice management used by thousands of physicians across the United States. This system suits small practices and billing companies. With Kareo, practices can schedule patients, confirm... Read More
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Sevocity

Sevocity is a cloud-based medical solution best suited to solo and small group practices seeking an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. The system was designed to assist users with the documentation and patient care process.  Sevocity... Read More
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drchrono EHR

drchrono EHR is a patient care platform that offers customization at the point of care and on the go. In addition to EHR, drchrono also includes scheduling, billing and patient reminders. It is available on iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch. Healthcare... Read More
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CareCloud Charts

CareCloud Charts is an integrated electronic health recording (EHR) solution offering collective benefits of EMR, practice management and medical billing services. The solution helps physicians to streamline clinical operations and... Read More
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VelociDoc by Practice Velocity

VelociDoc by Practice Velocity, ranked the #1 EMR for urgent care by KLAS Research, is a web-based system with features designed for fast documentation and accurate coding necessary in the urgent care environment.
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Care360

Care360 from Quest Diagnostics is a web-based, best-of-breed EHR solution ideal for ambulatory practices. The solution can also be sold with integrated medical billing and patient scheduling modules. While Care360 can be used across... Read More
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Harmony e/Notes

Harmony e/Notes is an integrated software suite spanning electronic medical records, practice management, billing, and revenue cycle management. The EMR application offers a wide range of functionality including: versatile/customizable... Read More
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AdvancedMD

AdvancedMD is an integrated medical software suite for independent practices. Features include practice management, electronic health records, patient engagement, telemedicine, rooming, reputation management, financial analytics and... Read More
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CollaborateMD

CollaborateMD is a medical billing and practice management solution that helps practices and billing services of all sizes automate and streamline billing and coding processes. The system was designed to be both comprehensive and user-friendly,... Read More
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athenahealth EHR

athenahealth is providing cloud-based services for electronic health records (EHR), revenue cycle management & medical billing, patient engagement, care coordination, and population health management, as well as Epocrates and other... Read More
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eClinicalWorks

eClinicalWorks is an integrated suite of electronic health records (EHR), practice management, patient engagement, tele-visits, population health, care coordination and analytics. On-premise and cloud based deployments are both available. eClinicalWorks... Read More
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MDConnection

MDConnection is a web-based solution for medical practice management. The system serves the needs of small practices consisting of just one physician or a small group of physicians. The core functions include scheduling, medical billing,... Read More
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AllegianceMD

AllegianceMD is a cloud-based medical software system that is designed to serve the needs of small and midsize practices, as well as ambulatory surgery centers. The solution includes practice management functionality for billing and... Read More
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WRS Health

WRS Health is a cloud-based integrated EHR, practice management and billing management solution designed to helps medical professionals streamline the core activities of their practice. The solution offers EHR, medical billing, patient... Read More
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Centricity

Centricity Practice Solution is an integrated system for clinical and financial management in medical organizations. The system offers a comprehensive suite of functionality for practice administration and electronic medical records... Read More
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NueMD

NueMD offers a comprehensive suite of software and services for practices of all sizes. NueMD is an integrated appointment scheduling, practice management/medical billing, electronic health recording, and medical billing solution. NueMD... Read More
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MedicsPremier by Advanced Data Systems

MedicsPremier is a practice management software that helps in processing EDI transactions. MedicsPremier EDI allows for automated reconciliation of EOBs (ERAs) and insurance verification, which can be processed in batch mode by appointment... Read More
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AntWorks Healthcare

AntWorks’ suite of healthcare solutions offers clinical, financial and administrative tools suitable for healthcare providers in a variety of specialties. It is suitable for physicians and large group practices and can be installed... Read More
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CareCloud Practice Management

CareCloud is a modern, cloud-based system with the ease-of-use and low cost of ownership buyers have come to expect from cloud solutions. The system offers comprehensive functionality for appointment scheduling, medical billing, reporting... Read More
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InSync

InSync Healthcare Solutions EMR/PM enables healthcare professionals to provide healthcare that is in compliance with regulatory requirements. This ONC-ATCB certified and CCHIT certified ambulatory EMR and practice management (PM) product... Read More
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PatientClick Suite

With its intuitive web-based solution, PatientClick gives providers a comprehensive EMR solution that improves both patient care and administrative efficiency. PatientClick can be accessed from anywhere at anytime, offering both providers... Read More
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PatientClick EHR

With its intuitive web-based solution, PatientClick gives providers a comprehensive EMR solution that improves both patient care and administrative efficiency. PatientClick can be accessed from anywhere at anytime, offering both providers... Read More
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EncounterWorks

Unlike many other software solutions that are broken up and sold as independent components, EncounterWorks unifies patient management, practice management and Electronic Health Records into the core of the system. By centralizing all... Read More
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Ultra Charts

Ultracharts is a practice management software from American Medical Software that contains features needed to manage operations of solo practices with a single workstation and the enterprise-level clinics with multiple sites and specialties. The... Read More
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CureMD

CureMD is a certified cloud-based EHR, practice management, patient portal and revenue cycle management. CureMD helps physicians and office staff manage their practice operations. It also helps practices adopt Meaningful Use - driving... Read More
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Mercury Medical

Mercury Medical, by CrisSoft, is a practice management solution suitable for a variety of specialties and practices offered on SaaS or On-Site. Mercury Medical enables users to customize the solution with the table-driven interface... Read More
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Azalea Health

Azalea Health offers a collection of medical solutions for a variety of specialties. Providing a cloud-based EHR, practice management software, revenue cycle management, and more, Azalea products bring together a practice's medical... Read More
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TotalMD

TotalMD is a practice management solution suitable for small and midsize practices. TotalMD provides an integrated suite of features that includes e-claim services, patient scheduling, financial reporting, EMR integration and more. The... Read More
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ChartLogic EHR Suite

ChartLogic offers an ambulatory EHR suite that includes electronic medical record, practice management, revenue cycle management, e-prescribing and patient portal. The solution caters to primary care, surgical care and other complex... Read More
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CGM DAQbilling

DAQbilling by CompuGroup Medical (CGM) is a medical billing and patient scheduling system designed to streamline medical billing. The solution covers eligibility inquiries, claim submission, and payment posting. The system has an intuitive... Read More
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ChARM EHR

Perfect for small to medium-sized practices, ChARM EHR is an affordable web-based EHR, Practice Management and Medical Billing solution that can be accessed from anywhere at anytime using an internet ready computer, iPad, or tablet.... Read More
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Picasso by Doc-tor.com

Founded in 2000 by a group of healthcare and information technology professionals, Doc-tor.com provides full-featured software solutions for the Medical industry. Their web-based system, Picasso, offers a wide range of applications,... Read More
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Intergy

Greenway Health’s ambulatory platform provides healthcare organizations with clinical, financial, and administrative tools and services. Intergy, part of the Greenway Health suite, is available as both a web-based and on-premise... Read More
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PracticeSuite

PracticeSuite’s practice management, electronic health records (EHR) and patient management platform is suitable for medical practices and third-party medical billing companies of all sizes.  Practices can use patient-oriented... Read More
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MedPointe

MedPointe from Health Systems Technology, Inc. is a standalone EHR solution that offers integrated billing, accounting, picture archiving, and patient scheduling features within suite, along with medical billing services. The program... Read More
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PrognoCIS by Bizmatics

PrognoCIS is a cloud-based ICD-10 compliant and MU certified EMR solution which helps medical facilities and practitioners to manage patient medical recording. The software comprises of integrated modules for EHR, Practice Management,... Read More
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UnifiMD

Designed in collaboration with practicing physicians, UnifiMD is an electronic health records (EHR) solution that was developed to meet the requirements of independent practices of varying size and specialty. UnifiMD provides users... Read More
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Practice EHR

Practice EHR, a medical practice management software, was developed to accommodate the needs of small to mid-size businesses. The platform is customizable to internal medicine practices, chiropractors, physical therapists, family medicine,... Read More
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ChartPerfect EHR

ChartPerfect is an electronic health record (EHR) system suitable for medical offices in a variety of segments including allergy, cardiology, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, pediatrics, plastic and reconstructive, podiatry,... 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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MED3OOO InteGreat EHR

MED3OOO InteGreat EHR is an intuitive browser-based electronic health records solution offered as a server-based or ASP application.  We serve multi-specialty and single-specialty ambulatory practices with 4 to 350 providers.  InteGreat... Read More
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Practice Partner

McKesson Practice Partner is an ONC-ATCB and CCHIT certified electronic health record (EHR) and practice management solution. It is HIPAA compliant, and can be deployed on-premise. To date, it has served over 25,000 users across practices... Read More
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Q.D. Clinical EMR

Q.D. Clinical EMR is a comprehensive, customizable solution for clinical documentation, managed care support, practice research, image management, lab order tracking, drug interaction checking and more. The system comes with hundreds... Read More
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Medscribbler EMR Suite

Medscribbler EMR Suite is a HIPPA compliant electronic medical record (EMR) solution. It uses tablets as a primary source of documentation, supporting various input methods such as handwriting, voice and keyboard. The product is offered... Read More
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Aprima EHR

Aprima EHR is part of the complete Aprima system, including Practice Management and Revenue Cycle Management solutions. Aprima EHR’s navigation feature presents clinically relevant findings based on presenting symptoms, diagnosis... Read More
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A.I.med by Acrendo Software

Acrendo offers a cloud-based medical software suitable for smaller practices. Their EMR software, A.I.med, includes applications for electronic health records (EHR) and practice management. It offers scheduling capabilities that will... Read More
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Buyer's Guide

What Is Family Practice EMR Software?

Since family practices are considered “general medicine,” many assume that a general one-size-fits-all electronic medical record (EMR)/electronic health record (EHR) system is perfectly sufficient to meet their needs. Though this may be true, it’s also true that general practitioners practice a specialty just like any other, and therefore can benefit from an EMR that’s specifically suited to the high volume, wide variety and long-term relationships associated with family practice.

A family practice EMR should aid the physician in nurturing long-term patient relationships, provide support in making referrals to specialists and incorporate the variety of complaints and conditions they see on a regular basis. In addition to core functionality, such as medical records, billing, inventory management and scheduling features, consider the following specific criteria when selecting your family practice EMR software:

Patient history Family practices maintain relationships that last many years, and possibly even multiple generations. Therefore, it’s important to consider the way patient history is stored and presented in subsequent visits. Does the EMR store family history to alert the physician of genetic predisposition? Does it show the patient’s immunization/vaccination, allergy or medication history to facilitate accurate and effective treatment? Does it have growth charts for trend monitoring over time? Ensure your EMR solution stores this information and reports it in an easy-to-use way.
General practice SOAP notes templates Family practices deal with a wide variety of conditions, so family practice EMRs can have hundreds of specialized note templates in order to accommodate them. For example, there can be templates for cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, nervous system, ENT, gynecology, derm, ECG, abdominal/chest pain, physical exam, well/sick baby/child exam and CHDP (California).
Multiple complaints General practitioners’ patients often come in with multiple complaints in a single visit. Therefore, a family practice EMR should have an interface that lets a physician easily chart multiple complaints simultaneously.
Laboratory, medical device and pharmacy integration Because of the variety of complaints, family practices need to be able to integrate with a broad range of medical tests. Many EMRs can automatically import data from lab results or medical devices, preventing the timely and error-prone process of transcribing test results. On the other side is e-prescribing and the ability to communicate directly with the pharmacies and access the patient record for potential adverse drug interactions.
Referral Integration Referrals to specialists is a major part of family medicine, so EMR software that’s designed for family practices will include technology to make the referral process quick and easy. This might include an online referral network, automated printing of referral letters and even the ability to send the electronic patient record to the referee.
Patient correspondence As the first line of patient treatment, a family practice needs quick and easy access to common forms of correspondence, including work/school excuse letters and health maintenance/checkup reminders that can be sent automatically based on the patient record.
General practice billing and treatment protocols With such a vast array of potential conditions, family practice-specific EMRs provide more assistance on ICD-9 and CPT coding and billing for common and unusual encounters. Since these systems integrate their administrative and clinical workflows, they know the procedures that have been performed and the treatments prescribed, making the claim process faster and more accurate.

Market Trends to Understand

Increased use of patient portals: These are secure applications that allow practitioners to manage patient communications. This functionality is gaining popularity in the market because it enables real-time sharing of test results with patients. Users are able to simply log into their profiles and access their records, instead of having to call up their doctors for information.

Since patient portals are online platforms, there’s always a risk of theft of patient data. To prevent such instances, the government passed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act to ensure data security in health care systems. Incompliance with these regulations may lead to penalties on Medicare reimbursements.

Importance of Meaningful Use certification: In 2009, the Obama administration signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) that gives medical practices reimbursements of up to $44,000 for purchasing software. The act aims to improve technology adoption in health care practices.

To be eligible for reimbursements, the software needs to follow the meaningful use standards defined under the HITECH Act. It’s the vendor’s responsibility to ensure that their products and services follow HITECH guidelines.

Since the rollout of the HITECH Act, both existing and new medical software users are adopting solutions that are compliant with meaningful use standards. So far, the government has released two stages of meaningful use and the deadline for adoption of the third stage is 2018.

Ease of e-prescribing capability: This feature allows practitioners to send their patient prescriptions to pharmacies online, eliminating the need for handwritten prescriptions and faxed notes. Due to its application, e-prescribing is one of the most requested functionalities in the family practice EMR software market. It’s also a regulatory requirement for receiving a meaningful use certification.

Software-as-a-service for cost saving: Traditionally, small and midsize practices have been hesitant in adopting technology for everyday operations. The main reason for this has been deployment costs, high initial investment and difficulty of use for non-technical users. However, as government incentives have become tied to cloud-based EMR software, there has been a steady rise in the adoption of these technologies among this buyer segment. The rising adoption is a result of the low initial costs, subscription-based pricing and ease of use for users with minimal technical experience.

Convenience of mobile applications: With the proliferation of mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones, EMR applications are gaining popularity in the market. The use of mobile applications helps practitioners log assessments, diagnoses, treatment plans and prescriptions while travelling and without having to type into a computer keyboard. This convenience has led to increased adoption of EMR software from vendors who offer mobile and tablet support over vendors who don’t. In the coming years, we expect to see more vendors adding mobile applications to their offerings.