For the first time, electronic medical records vendors in the sweatbox at the annual TEPR Clinical Documentation Challenge will be required to write and transmit prescriptions, perform drug reaction checks and do clinical data queries before a live audience of potential customers.
The challenge, to be held May 12 in San Antonio, is the highlight of the annual Toward an Electronic Patient Record conference, a healthcare information technology trade show--now in its 19th year--put on by the Medical Records Institute of Newton, Mass.
Marcy Rizzo, TEPR program director, says the time has come to put EMR vendors through the hoops on their prescription drug support components.
"I think because order entry is so big, e-prescribing is just an element that tests further capabilities that people are using day to day," Rizzo says.
Fun things have happened at previous TEPR challenges, including a few public systems failures, but the pressure-cooker demonstrations also afford potential EMR buyers the chance to view and evaluate clinical systems in operation in simulated "real world" situations.
As in the past, vendors will have 10 minutes to use their systems to document a simulated patient encounter. In this the fourth annual challenge, vendors also will be given an additional seven minutes to recap as well as draw reports from their systems' clinical databases.
Ten vendors have signed up for these back-to-back demonstrations, in which competitors and possible buyers watch as systems are demonstrated on stage, with every entry punched into their computers projected live onto huge video screens. They are e-MDs of Cedar Park, Texas; Epic Systems of Madison, Wis.; GE Medical Systems Information Technologies of Milwaukee; iMedica of Mountain View, Calif.; MediNotes of West Des Moines, Iowa; NextGen of Horsham, Pa.; Noteworthy Medical Systems of Cleveland; Opus Healthcare Solutions of Austin, Texas; Physician Micro Systems of Seattle; and QuickMed of Kennewick, Wash.