The HITECH Act is a frightening diagnosis for doctors already fearful of the Obamacare unknown. It is a mandate that requires physicians to transition to computerized versions of patients’ paper charts by 2015, according to healthit.gov, and is another unfortunate arm of the Affordable Care Act. While some applaud this Electronic Health Records implementation process as proof healthcare is moving into the 21st century, many doctors are wary of having to rely solely on computers to access their patients’ records. I’ve outlined just a few of their concerns.
A recent report from the vendor research firm KLAS Enterprises ranked six EHR vendors to determine their patient portal capabilities. A patient portal is a secure online website that gives patients convenient 24-hour access to personal health information. Athenahealth was the top performer and only vendor to adequately support all five meaningful criteria. Epic took second place, followed by Allscripts, Cerner, eClinicalWorks and Intuit Health.