How will the certification process help physicians who are ready to implement the EMR in their medical practice?

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How will the certification process help physicians who are ready to implement the EMR in their medical practice?

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A. Certification of ambulatory EMR products will simplify the decision-making process. Physicians will be able to visit the CCHIT Web site in mid-July to find the list of certified products. It is also very educational to look at these criteria to see what functionality is being acquired. For physicians starting from scratch, this will be a tremendous help because they know that those products (on the Web site) meet the certification standards. In addition, the physicians’ work with the vendors can be much more focused. If they have a special need that is not in the criteria for a certified EMR product, they can focus on that application with the vendor. And the vendor doesn’t have to demonstrate the product basics across the country. Q. Now that the certification effort has begun, what will happen to the market in terms of the cost for EMR systems? A. Our goal at CCHIT is to see the market, and the value of the EMR, accelerate with certification in place. When this happens, vendors ca

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