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    GA-HITREC Announces Its Selection of EHR Vendors

    November 2, 2010

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    Richard A. Gooden

    GA-HITREC Announces Its Selection of EHR Vendors
    GA-HITREC to offer primary care physicians equitable purchasing power

    ATLANTA, GA – Following a comprehensive selection process lasting several months, the Georgia Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (GA-HITREC) announced it will leverage the relationship of five electronic health record (EHR) companies to ensure enhanced purchasing power for the state’s primary care providers.

    “It is paramount that we have equitable group purchasing agreements in Georgia and this announcement brings us to that point for all providers using the Georgia HITREC,” said Dr. Dominic Mack, Director of the GA-HITREC and Deputy Director of the National Center for Primary Care (NCPC) at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). “The selection of these five fully vetted vendors will offer statewide equitable purchasing agreements to providers seeking low cost systems that provide users with elite highly functional Electronic Health Records. Just as important, these companies have track records of sustainability and the financial backing that ensures that they will be in business for many years to come.”

    GA-HITREC, which is a federally funded program headquartered at the National Center for Primary Care (NCPC) at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), established a vendor selection committee and group purchasing committee in June to embark on an arduous process of establishing specific criteria to identify companies willing to offer Georgia providers with the most optimal financial opportunity to add EHR systems to their practice.

    The criteria used to refine a list of over 35 companies down to five vendors included affordability; remote host option; ePrescribing capability; CCHIT certified (National EHR certification process); ability to interface with a State health information exchange (HIE) system; and system functionality and benefit to providers.
    The stiff criteria and thorough process yielded five vendors chosen to work with the GA-HITREC and they include: Greenway;  NextGen;  eClinicalWorks; e-MDs ; and MIE.

    “We want to make sure that the provider isn’t disappointed with their EHR system so were extremely diligent with this entire process.  We identified user-friendly systems that were ready to use out of the box and offered a high level of functionality and technological lifespan and to do this required a comprehensive process that left no stone unturned,” said Dr. Mack. “We understand providers and we understand what providers want with these systems so we want to make sure that they receive systems that had providers in mind when they were created."

    As the state-designated entity for Georgia’s statewide health information exchange, GA-HITREC sought vendors whose products are capable of bringing providers meaningful use in a cost efficient and effective manner. The vendor selection process was open and competitive. From end to end, GA-HITREC offered unbiased advice to help ensure that the selection process provided the community the in-depth knowledge required, maintained vendor neutrality, and remained focused on progress toward meaningful use and beyond. The Vendor Selection Committee also designed and established a Group Purchasing Plan to leverage volume discounts on EHRs. This committee established formal guidelines for contractual negotiations and Service Level Agreements (SLAs) in the areas of acquiring the EHR technology, implementation, installation, training, support and maintenance.

    GA-HITREC is designed to assist Georgia’s providers with the selection, successful implementation, and meaningful use of certified EHR systems to improve clinical outcomes and quality of care provided to patients. Providers eligible for our services include: physicians (MD and DO), nurse practitioners, and physician assistants in family practice, obstetrics, internal medicine, and pediatrics.

    The National Center for Primary Care promotes excellence in community-oriented primary health care and optimal outcomes for all Americans, with a special focus on underserved populations and on eliminating health disparities.

    Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) recruits and trains minority and other students as physicians, biomedical scientists and public health professionals committed to improving the health and well-being of communities.  MSM is a member of the largest consortium of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the world – the Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUCC).  For more information about Morehouse School of Medicine, visit us online at