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The athenaOne Suite which includes athenaCollector a revenue cycle management solution and athenaClinials an EHR (electronic health records) recently ranked #1 in 2023 Best in KLAS for athenaClinials Ambulatory EMR for 11-75 physi...Read more about athenaOne

3.8 (823 reviews)

336 recommendations


RXNT’s cloud-based, ONC-certified medical software—Billing, Practice Management, EHR, and more—improves clinical outcomes & revenue cycle management. Simple, transparent pricing includes free setup and training, free data transfer...Read more about RXNT

4.3 (407 reviews)

295 recommendations


DrChrono’s iPad and iPhone compatible EHR and medical billing platform allows medical practices and healthcare providers to manage patient intake, patient care, clinical charting, billing and revenue cycle management. It includes ...Read more about DrChrono

4.0 (474 reviews)

281 recommendations

ChartLogic EHR

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 compl...Read more about ChartLogic EHR

3.9 (62 reviews)

80 recommendations

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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 ...Read more about Practice EHR

4.3 (69 reviews)

66 recommendations


Established in 2008, WebPT is the nation’s most trusted outpatient rehab therapy software platform in the country, helping more than 150,000 rehab therapy professionals from all practice sizes and specialties run successful and ef...Read more about WebPT

4.3 (460 reviews)

46 recommendations

Elation Health

Elation Health is the most trusted technology platform for high-value primary care. Since 2010, the company has delivered clinical-first solutions — built on a collaborative EHR platform — that help practices start, grow, communic...Read more about Elation Health

4.4 (51 reviews)

45 recommendations


AestheticsPro is a cloud-based, HIPAA compliant medical spa management software solution that offers staff and calendar management along with client management, a point-of-sale and marketing tools within a suite. The staff manage...Read more about AestheticsPro

4.4 (403 reviews)

42 recommendations

NextGen Enterprise

NextGen Healthcare provides scalable, integrated solutions and professional services to help your practice administer excellent care and operate your business more efficiently. We serve medium to large enterprise-level ambulatory ...Read more about NextGen Enterprise

5.0 (2 reviews)

34 recommendations


IntelleChartPRO is a cloud-based ophthalmology Electronic Medical Record (EMR) solution that caters to high-pathology ophthalmology clinics and retinal specialists and helps them to record and manage patient's course of treatment ...Read more about IntelleChartPRO

4.8 (25 reviews)

33 recommendations

Compulink Healthcare Solutions

Compulink Advantage is an all-in-one database EHR solution for specialty practices such as optometry, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, ENT, mental health, podiatry, and more. Available cloud-based or server, Advantage includes smart f...Read more about Compulink Healthcare Solutions

4.1 (283 reviews)

26 recommendations


ModMed, also known as Modernizing Medicine®, is an award-winning software company that places doctors and patients at the center of care through an intelligent, specialty-specific cloud platform. Services include electronic health...Read more about ModMed

4.3 (165 reviews)

23 recommendations

NextGen Office

NextGen Office is an award-winning, cloud-based, clinical and billing solution designed for smaller, independent practices (≤ 10 providers). This all-in-one, full-service solution includes specialty-specific EHR content, an easy-t...Read more about NextGen Office

4.0 (1253 reviews)

22 recommendations


ClinicSource is a cloud-based practice management solution focusing on speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy that helps in scheduling and documenting the therapy appointments of the patients. ClinicSource Th...Read more about ClinicSource

3.9 (65 reviews)

22 recommendations


Nexus is an ONC 2015 Edition certified cloud-based ambulatory EHR and PM platform. It is designed for small to midsize practices and a variety of specialties including orthopedics, neurology, podiatry, cardiology, general surgery,...Read more about Nexus

4.6 (9 reviews)

21 recommendations


zHealth is a cloud-based practice management solution that assists chiropractic clinics and practitioners with health center search and patient scheduling. Its key features include calendar management, SOAP note creation, billing ...Read more about zHealth

4.6 (117 reviews)

20 recommendations


CharmHealth is a MU certified, cloud-based EHR, Practice Management and Medical Billing solution that helps healthcare organizations ranging from large multi-specialty groups to small independent medical offices function efficient...Read more about CharmHealth

4.3 (126 reviews)

16 recommendations

Azalea Health

Azalea provides cloud-based electronic health records (EHR), practice management (PM), revenue cycle management (RCM) and telehealth solutions for ambulatory and hospital care settings. Azalea is suitable for community and rural h...Read more about Azalea Health

4.3 (89 reviews)

14 recommendations


PrognoCIS EHR and PrognoCIS Telemedicine have earned a reputation for fast, flexible individual provider workflow. The software package offers a full suite of highly desirable features and functions. PrognoCIS provides a cloud-bas...Read more about PrognoCIS

4.1 (287 reviews)

12 recommendations

Valant EHR Suite

Valant’s Behavioral Health EHR and Practice Management Software includes all the tools you need to provide exceptional individual and group care while running a successful private practice. Unlike other non-specialized EMR softwa...Read more about Valant EHR Suite

4.1 (266 reviews)

12 recommendations

Buyers Guide

Last Updated: March 16, 2023

iPhones, iPads and iMacs are showing up in more and more hospitals and physician practices across the country. This isn’t surprising given that a 2013 Black Book Rankings survey found Apple devices are the most popular when it comes to mobile devices for electronic medical applications. We also speak with more and more doctors who want to run medical billing software or electronic medical records (EMRs)—also often called electronic health records (EHRs)—on Macs.

But, while demand is there, the medical software industry has been somewhat slow to respond with Apple medical software designed specifically for Apple computers. However, with the increasing number of Web-based solutions available—which are typically operating system-agnostic—the number of options for Apple users are growing.

Here's what we'll cover in this guide:

What is Mac EMR software?

Mac EMR software is electronic medical records software built specifically to run on the Mac operating system (OS). This OS is designed specifically for the Apple hardware it runs on, which supports easy integration between different types of Apple products. This can include an EMR software's iPhone application integrating with software run on a MacBook Pro. Features of Mac EMR software include patient scheduling and workflows, task management, e-prescriptions, and medical billing.

Native Mac-based systems are designed for Apple

A Mac-native product is one engineered to operate optimally on the Mac operating system, and designed with the user’s experience in mind. For that reason, a native solution is likely to take full advantage of the Mac infrastructure and user interface. The look and feel will be consistent with the desktop or mobile device you’re used to using.

Despite the growing use of Apple devices in medical practices, there are still few medical software products that run natively on Mac OS X. So while Mac-native software may operate smoothly and sleekly on your Apple device, your software options will be limited by virtue of there being so few vendors to choose from. But even if you don’t find a native practice management system or EMR for Mac that meets your needs, you’ll likely find some great options in the robust Web-based space.

Is a web-based system right for you?

Web-based EMRs and online medical billing systems are a great long-term investment for doctors using Macs. Web-based software, also known as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or cloud computing, is accessed online through a web browser, rather than being locally installed and hosted on a practice’s servers as with on-premise systems. That means web-based EMRs can be accessed through Safari or any other web browser you run on your Mac.

Web-based systems offer a number of advantages over traditional on-premise systems. The upfront cost is typically lower, because you won’t be investing in hardware and servers. Data is hosted in the cloud rather than on your office’s servers. Most importantly, the EMR can be accessed from any device with an Internet connection—be that an iMac, an iPad, or an iPhone.

Unlike their on-premise counterparts, web-based software vendors won't have to support two versions of their software (i.e., one for Windows and one for Mac) long-term. And because of their cross-platform compatibility, web-based vendors can market to a bigger audience. For that reason, we might argue they have greater financial and strategic viability. And one of the biggest advantages for Apple users is that the web-based market is bigger than the Mac-native market, which means practices have more web-based options when looking for an EHR for Mac that fits their practice’s size, type, budget, and functional requirements.

It should be noted that solutions can be both Mac-native and web-based, as in the case of HealthFusion’s MediTouch, and drchrono’s Apple EMR, both of which are web-based solutions that were designed to run natively on the iPad.

Integrated suites vs. best-of-breed solutions

One decision you’ll face in purchasing medical software is whether to implement a stand-alone system—in other words, one that provides only a single application (such as EMR, billing, or scheduling)—or an integrated suite that includes multiple applications.

Many practices choose to implement an integrated suite. However, there a few circumstances under which a stand-alone system might be right for you:

  • If you currently outsource your medical billing and don’t wish to bring it in-house, you don’t need an integrated solution that includes medical billing.

  • If you have already adopted practice management software and don’t wish to switch, then a stand-alone EMR could be an option. If you’re set on sticking with your existing practice management vendor, your first step should be to see if that vendor offers an integrated EMR as well. But if they don’t, or if their EMR doesn’t meet your needs, you may need to evaluate a stand-alone EMR system.

  • Similarly, if you already use a stand-alone EMR that you don’t want to replace, but you need to add medical billing or appointment scheduling, a stand-alone billing or scheduling application may be for you.

Important considerations

Regardless of whether you choose native Mac EMR software or a web-based system, there are some common considerations to keep in mind.

Mobile support. One thing to remember is that just because an EMR or medical billing program runs on your iMac, that doesn’t guarantee it will run optimally on your iPad or iPhone. For example, web-based systems can be accessed through the Internet browser of any device, but if the software doesn’t include mobile support, what you’ll be looking at is the desktop version of the software, which could get unwieldy on a small screen. Although most Mac-native and web-based systems offer mobile support, you should confirm with each vendor you evaluate if you plan to use your iPad or iPhone to access your system. You can also check out our guide for iPad EHRs to evaluate your options.

ONC-ATCB certification. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 included a component known as the HITECH Act—the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health. HITECH includes $19 billion in funds to incentivize medical practices to implement electronic health records. Providers who meet certain criteria for “meaningful use” may be eligible to receive up to $44,000 in the form of increased Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. Physicians who treat Medicare or Medicaid patients but do not qualify for certain “meaningful use” criteria by 2015 will be penalized in the form of decreased Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements.

To qualify for meaningful use, practices must be using a “certified” EHR system. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS), is responsible for the meaningful use initiative and has selected six bodies who can certify EHR software. These bodies are known as ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies (ONC-ATCBs). Practices participating in the meaningful use program will want to be sure the Mac EHR they select is certified by one of these six bodies.

Security. Data security is a concern we hear regularly from practices we talk to. HIPAA requirements and patient privacy are top priorities for practices, so buyers want to ensure the EMRs they purchase can provide the appropriate security. EMR vendors are fully aware of this important concern, and proper data encryption technology exists for both Web-based and on-premise, Mac-native systems. ONC-ATCB-certified systems will all meet standard security criteria defined by the ONC.

Size and practice type. As you explore which Apple EHR or practice management software is right for you, you’ll want to make sure the software can support a practice of your size. Additionally, you’ll want software that is appropriate for your practice’s specialty focus. Some vendors build software flexible enough for almost any specialty or size of practice to use, while others may cater to the needs of specific specialties or practice sizes.