Medical Records Institute Posts EMRCompare(sm) Data

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BOSTON, Aug. 29 Medical Records Institute announces theavailability of EMRCompare data on 14 companies' EMR products on its website EMRCompare was developed toprovide physicians and others with broader, more transparent information thanis available elsewhere about EMR systems, including cost, functionality, andusability. Following are the first 14 companies to enroll their products. Bythe end of the year, MRI anticipates adding another 30 to 50 products.

EMRCompare allows potential buyers and others to search EMR informationand do side-by-side comparisons of products' costs and functionalitiesaccording to practice-size, as well as ASP-based and INH-linked practices.Videotaped demonstration of each product's recording of a mock physician-patient encounter can also be viewed. Cost and functionality data arepresented in spreadsheet format allowing side-by-side comparisons. Additionalsearch options will be added in the future.

Information Available Through EMRCompare at the Medical RecordsInstitute's Website without Charge:


Vendors were asked to provide product cost information in the followingcategories. They could decline to give any and all cost information but wereadvised that doing so may diminish their appeal in the marketplace.


Vendors report their products' functionalities in the followingcategories.

Usability Demonstrations

At TEPR 2007, EMRCompare was launched with usability demonstrations.. Toview videotapes of these usability demonstrations, click on "UsabilityDemonstrations" in the sidebar and on the link select the products that meetyour practice size or are ASP-based or INH/hospital-linked.

Self-reporting, Public Verification, and Correction Methods

All EMRCompare information provided by vendors is self-reported. Users areadvised to assure products meet their needs prior to purchasing them.

In order to assure the reliability and credibility of the EMRComparesystem and the truth, accuracy and completeness of the submissions,functionality and cost self-assessments are open to challenge by anyindividual or organization, including other vendors. MRI will allow eachchallenge to be posted with the name of its challenger. A vendor then mayagree to a change if a mistake has been made or may insist that theinformation is correct and rebut the claim. To discourage frivolouschallenges, information regarding who initiates challenges and the outcome ofthe review will be made publicly available, and those initiating repeatedunsubstantiated challenges may themselves be subject to review cost.

If a self-assessment statement is challenged, the vendor must provideevidence that the self-assessment statement is correct. Challenges andrebuttals will be addressed by a panel of independent judges throughconference calls and web-based communications, potentially including thechallenger and the vendor, as MRI deems appropriate. If the judges determinethat the original submissions are correct, then the dispute is consideredresolved and this will be recorded on MRI's website. If, however, the judgesdecide that the original submissions are incorrect, appropriate correctionswill be made to the EMRCompare system and the vendor will be assessed a fee of$950 per correction.

To view EMRCompare, go

Vendors seeking further information about enrolling in EMRCompare andexhibiting at TEPR 2008 should contact Michael Lawrence or 617-964-3923 ext 217 or Lauren Jones or 617-964-3923 ext 214.ABELSoft Corporation Amazing Charts Bond Technologies e-MDs, Inc. Health Communication Systems, LLC iMedica Corporation iSALUS Healthcare MediNotes Corporation Mednet System Noteworthy Med

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