The online news source EHR Intelligence recently connected with Health Management Associates (HMA), a premier operator of acute care hospitals, to learn about navigating the electronic health record (EHR) selection process. As you’ll read in part I and part II of this article, HMA invested a lot of energy and resources in making the right EHR choice. What HMA has shared with the industry is that their decision was ultimately driven by their physicians, more than 350 in-house subject matter experts, along with an external consulting group and an RFP process that was so rigorous, some vendors voluntarily withdrew from consideration.
After an intense market review, HMA got comfortable and confident with selecting cloud-based EHR services in the form of athenaClinicals. For HMA’s needs, athenaClincials stood out above all other EHR options as the leader for overcoming ease-of-use concerns, easily fitting into physicians’ format of practice (many providers across HMA are primary care physicians) and clearing interoperability hurdles—all while delivering outstanding service as part of the package.
HMA took the long, not-so-often traveled road to ensure they selected the right EHR for a broad network of its size, encompassing more than 1,200 physicians. Their decision-makers asked tough, important questions about ROI, implementation timelines, Meaningful Use support and more. And along the way HMA created a best practices road map on EHR selection that is helpful for other health care provider organizations.
Thanks HMA and good luck on your full athenaClinicals EHR service deployment. Our teams will be right there alongside as you go.