The federally supported regional extension center of the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care has announced eight electronic health-record systems vendors have made the cut as "vendor partners."
State groups pick preferred EHR vendors
The organization's first-tier partners are Cerner Corp., eClinicalWorks, e-MDs, McKesson Corp., Pulse and SuccessEHS, the regional extension center announced in a news release (PDF).
As such, they have demonstrated in their responses to a formal request for proposals "that they accept the terms, conditions and protections outlined either without modification, or with modifications that leave intent of those provisions intact," according to the release.
Second-tier partners NextGen Healthcare Information Systems and Sage Group have accepted "most of the terms, conditions and protections, but have required amendments to selected terms and provisions contained within the documents."
Despite the designations of vendor partners, the extension center "will work with any EHR vendor that our members choose." The center's role "is to provide information to our members to help organize data to assist them with the decisionmaking process, not make decisions for them," the release added.
In addition, the Arkansas regional extension center, HITArkansas, a division of the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, named Abel Medical Software as a preferred vendor, joining eClinicalWorks.
According to its website, HITArkansas is in negotiations with 10 other EHR developers to become preferred vendors. HITArkansas said it, too, will work with physicians who use EHRs from vendors not on its preferred lists.
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