The Boston-based Medical Records Institute announced the finalists for its 2008 TEPR Awards to be given to vendors in recognition of "outstanding products and developments in health information technology and electronic medical-record solutions."
The winners are to be named at the 24th annual TEPR trade show, which opens Monday for a three-day run in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The acronym TEPR comes from the name of the conference, Towards the Electronic Patient Record.
Awards this year are in three categories, personal health records, EMR systems or IT solutions that best meet "medicolegal" requirements, a new category this year, and "hot" products.
Vendor finalists in PHRs are CapMed, a division of Bio-Imaging Technologies, Newton, Pa.; Doctations, Garden City, N.Y.; and PassportMD, Delray Beach, Fla.
Vendor finalists in e-legal record systems are Doctations and eMedicalFiles, Atlanta.
Finalists and their systems in the hot products category are CapMed, IcePHR Mobile; Clinical Integration Networks of America, Dallas, Quality Suite; eClinicalWorks, Westborough, Mass., Electronic Health Exchange, known as eEHX; eMedicalFiles, IntelliFinger; MediNotes, West Des Moines, Iowa, Sidewinder; Unicomp Corporation of America, Coral Springs, Fla., PowerStation; and XLEMR Enterprises, Marietta, Ga., SOX, the Physician's Quickbooks Accounting Robot.
C. Peter Waegemann, chief executive officer of the Medical Records Institute, said the show this year will highlight PHR systems, with demonstrations by several vendors of their new applications that individuals can carry, send and receive on their "smart" phones.
In addition, the new awards category on legal EHR functionality hopes to draw attention to a largely unmet need in the industry, according to Waegemann.
The judging was based on criteria that include validation of data content, signature type, signature procedure, authentication by data elements, data integrity, auditing, storage and additional security features.
Just two applications were good enough to earn some form of recognition for progress in this area, Waegemann said, but "no one came close to having a fully legal record." Only a handful of vendors chose to participate in the legal EHR section of the awards program, he said. While the federally supported Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology does test and certify clinical IT systems against certain security criteria, those are an insufficient gauge on what providers need to produce a legal health record, Waegemann said.
With all the emphasis on healthcare IT and the push by government and payers for providers to adopt EHR systems, in many cases, "what they are buying may not stand up when they are in court," Waegemann said. "It is amazing that the big companies did not participate," he said. "The reason is clear, they need to develop these systems and they don't have it yet."
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