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

EMR systems. He states that the OSMA Standards of Excellence program will help avert much of the risk associated with some of these failures. He also stated, "It says a lot about the vendors who are willing to step up and participate in a program like this. It truly helps level the playing field for physicians."

Both Dr. Anderson and Mr. Daigrepont caution, however, that while standardizing contract terms among vendors is a big step in the right direction, each EMR contract should still be thoroughly reviewed as it may need to include practice-specific objectives that would be impossible to cover in a standard contract.

To help physicians address this issue, The Coker Group is providing an initial contract and quote validation review at no charge to OSMA members. The request must be made through the OSMA.

The OSMA anticipates that its Standards of Excellence Program will be very well received by its members.

"I would like to commend the OSMA for developing such a tremendous program that will help physicians purchase EMR systems. Because EMR systems are such a critical and costly decision, physicians cannot afford to get it wrong. Having the OSMA Standards of Excellence will greatly reduce the risks involved. It would be difficult for us to even consider a vendor that is not willing to participate and agree to the OSMA terms and conditions in the Standards of Excellence Program," said Troy Simon, CEO of Midwest Community Health Associates, located in Bryan, Ohio.

To be recognized as a participant in the OSMA's program, vendors must agree to meet the Standards of Excellence criteria. This includes such items as transfer of ownership of software licenses, amount and timing of deposits and payments, and the cost of future licenses.

Also, at a minimum, the EMR vendors participating in the OSMA's program must be certified by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT).

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