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New RI marketplace for electronic health records

October 12, 2010

If you’re a doctor in Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Quality Institute wants to sell you an electronic medical records system!

The non-profit launched its “Vendor Marketplace” today.  It’s an online resource that lists pre-approved software vendors and technical consultants.  Doctors can use the information to purchase a system and the help that fits their needs.

The marketplace was funded with a federal grant that aims to increase the use of electronic health records and help doctors reach what’s called  “meaningful use.”

There’s a huge document detailing what the feds consider “meaningful use” but put simply, it means doctors don’t just have a few computers in their examine rooms- they use electronic data to better monitor and improve patient progress, share data on patients between hospitals, primary care doctors and specialists, and allow patients to interact with their own health data.

The Quality Institute created the vendor marketplace because it’s difficult for doctors to wade through all of their options when it comes to electronic health records.  Their hope is that the website at least narrows down which systems meet basic requirements and are most likely to help docs reach that “meaningful use” stage.

The Quality Institute is offering an in person market place as well. On November 17th, they’ll be hosting a “Vendor Fair” where doctors and technical experts can meet in the real world.   You just might see me there.

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