LeadingAge’s Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) announced the upcoming release of a whitepaper and selection matrix on selecting an electronic health record (EHR). The updated whitepaper became a topic of discussion at the 2013 Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Summit this week in Baltimore.

“This year we updated the matrix to focus and drill down on clinical decision support systems that are offered by the different vendors, whether these systems are aimed at reducing falls, managing pressure ulcers, reducing hospital transfers, etc.,” Majd Alwan, Ph.D., LeadingAge senior vice president for technology and executive director of CAST, told McKnight’s. “So we’re pushing the envelope and trying to show providers how to use the advanced features of the EHR to impact the clinical and other outcomes, as opposed to merely documenting care more accurately to impact their reimbursement.

The whitepaper outlines the detailed steps of planning, assessing and selecting an EHR system and defines the major components that EHR products offer. The main criteria were that each vendor offer a full EHR, Alwan said.

The selection matrix catalogs more than 200 major functionalities in 36 LTPAC electronic health record products, up from 22 in 2012. The online tool will be available in about four or five weeks, Alwan said.

EHR vendors participating in the 2013 CAST EHR Selection Matrix include:
6N Systems
ADS Data Systems
American Data
American HealthTech
Americana Corp.
Answers on Demand (AOD)
BridgeGate International
CareVoyant, Inc.
Catalyst Healthcare, Ltd.
Cerner Extended Care
Extended Care Professional
Galaxy Hosted Software, LLC
Health Care Software
Hi-Tech Software Solutions
MDI Achieve
Melyx Corporation
Microsolutions (Eldersuite)
Momentum Healthware
New Tech Computer System
NextGen Healthcare – EHR
NextGen Healthcare – Inpatient Clinicals
Optimus EMR
Progresa Health Systems
Reliable Health Systems, LLC
ResCare, LLC
Saunders Associates
SOS Corp.
Suncoast Solutions