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OSMA Launches EMR Standards of Excellence Program
Date:3/13/2008

Program to Ease the Process for Physicians to Select Electronic Medical Record Systems

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) announced that it is launching an innovative new program, believed to be the first of its kind, to help reduce the risk for physicians who wish to adopt an electronic medical record (EMR) system for their practices.

The Standards of Excellence Program, which is available exclusively to OSMA members, will identify vendors who have voluntarily agreed to include physician-friendly terms in their contracts with medical practices. In addition these vendors are providing OSMA members with preferred pricing. A list of vendors that qualified to participate in the OSMA's program is attached.

Studies show that, aside from costs, practices may be slow to adopt an EMR due to concern about the contracting process. Since a good, workable contract is key to defining practice and EMR vendor rights and responsibilities, the OSMA worked with The Coker Group, a nationally recognized firm that specializes in healthcare consulting, to identify terms and conditions that would help protect physicians' rights in the EMR contracting process.

Craig W. Anderson, MD, President of the OSMA, says that the Standards of Excellence Program will help make the EMR decision-making process much easier and give practices more confidence in their EMR decision: "We are very pleased to be able to offer this ground-breaking program to our members. Not only will members have access to EMR vendors that have physician-friendly contracts, but these vendors also have committed to offering our members discounts on their EMR products. We are very appreciative of the fact that this group of vendors are willing to work with us to encourage the use of EMRs in Ohio."

Jeffery Daigrepont, a Principal with The Coker Group, says 30% of their projects are spent reinvigorating or removing failed
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