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Portfolio Includes a Whitepaper, an EHR Matrix and an Online Tool to Assist in Selection Process
LeadingAge's Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) offers a portfolio of free tools designed to help long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) organizations identify electronic health records (EHR) products that might meet their needs.
The portfolio includes:
"LeadingAge members have long told us of their struggles to understand which EHR products they should consider implementing," said Majd Alwan, Ph.D., LeadingAge senior vice president for technology and executive director of CAST. "We are very pleased to have partnered with vendors who agreed to contribute information about their products' capabilities according to a defined set of functionalities. This has enabled us to create a selection matrix that covers the landscape of EHR products and build an online EHR Selection tool that is both thorough and user-friendly."
The whitepaper outlines detailed steps around planning, assessing and selecting an EHR system and defines the major components that EHR products offer. It also has a selection matrix that examined over 150 major functionalities in 22 LTPAC EHR products.
The online selection tool allows users to select the requirements they need from a set of nine major categories of functionalities to see which products meet those requirements. The tool features a counter to help users see how the selected requirements affect the number of available products and includes links to the products' websites.
The case studies offer the experiences of 13 providers who used 13 of the EHR vendors whose specificiations are featured in the online tool.
Audrey DeFeo, special projects coordinator for Jewish Geriatric Services, Inc. in Massachusetts, shared, "I wish this tool had been around when I was researching EHRs."
"Part of our mission to expand the world of possibilities for aging includes creating useful tools to help our members achieve that mission," said Larry Minnix, president and CEO of LeadingAge. "These tools are another example of how CAST is connecting providers and technology companies to expedite the implementation of technologies that improve the aging experience."
Participating EHR vendors: