Resources

(The following links lead outside of the APA's site and do not constitute an endorsement.)

 

EHR Educational Materials and Tools

 

HealthIT.gov

A collection of resources from the US Department of Health & Human Services, including a step-by-step guide to EHR implementation.

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) 
Ensures that EHR technologies meet the standards and certification criteria adopted by (HHS) Health and Human Services to allow providers and hospitals achieve Meaningful Use and participate in the CMS EHR Incentive Programs. ONC's authoritative, comprehensive listing of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and EHR modules can be found here.

American Academy of Neurology: EHR Resources

Includes a power point series on EHRs (return on investment, contracting, and functionality), and various articles and publications.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) National Resource Center: Health Information Technology

Contains HIT tools, information on funding opportunties, and information on federally funded projects
 
American Hospital Association: Health Information Technology
Contains news and resources on HIT topics affecting hospitals.

American Medical Association: Health Information Technology
Information on the practice management aspects of HIT, including CME on HIT workflow.

American Osteopathic Academy of Medical Informatics
Organization focusing on health information technology in Osteopathy.

Guide to Reducing Unintended Consequences of Electronic Health Records

Resource sponsored by AHRQ designed to help anticipate, avoid, and address problems that can occur when implementing and using an electronic health record (EHR).

Evaluating EHR Vendors

 

Psychiatric EHR Functionality Requirements
(Compiled by the APA Committee on Mental Health Information Technology)

EHR Selection and Implementation Guidelines
(Compiled by the APA Committee on Mental Health Information Technology)                                                                                                                                                                                                        

AMA: 15 questions to ask before signing an electronic medical record or electronic health record agreement

Planning Your EHR System: Guidelines for Executive Management

EHR Contracts: Key Contract Terms for Users to Understand
(Report prepared for ONC June 2013)

Sample Questions to Ask Vendors 
(Compiled by the APA Committee on Mental Health Information Technology)

Software Listings and Reviews 

AmericanEHR Partners
This link provides a resource for physicians, (as well as state and federal agencies, vendors, and funding organizations across the United States) to access physician-rated reviews of EHR vendors. It provides the necessary tools to identify, implement, and effectively use Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and other healthcare technologies. To fully access the ability to use the filters for psychiatry and to compare EHR vendors, it is best that you join by opening a free account. Press here for a link to the registration page.

EMR Consultant 
Consulting site (includes list of EHR products)

Software and Technology Vendors' Association (SATVA) 

Trade organization of Behavioral Health software vendors. Site includes links to vendors, a white paper on selecting an EHR for behavioral healthcare organization executives, and other educational information.

Certified Health IT Product List
Authoritative, comprehensive listing of Complete EHRs and EHR Modules that have been tested and certified under the Temporary Certification Program maintained by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

Health Information Technology Organizations 

 

American Association for Technology in Psychiatry (AATP)
Membership organization dedicated to the development and use of IT to improve the quality and availability of psychiatric and mental health care. Site includes a weblog and a listing of relevant links.  Holds its annual meeting in association with the APA annual meeting.

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
Membership Organization for health information management professionals. Site contains health information management resources and hosts a free Personal Health Record.

American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
Membership organization focused on various areas of medical informatics. Site contains information on meetings, Informatics news, and AMIA initiatives.

Government Health IT

Contains materials on Government and HIT, including news and resources on policy, technology, financing, and technical standards.

International Society for Mental Health Online (ISMHO)

Non-profit society whose mission is to promote the understanding, use, and development of online communication, information and technology for the international mental health community. Site contains white papers, relevant news articles, and resources.

Physicians' Electronic Health Record Coalition (PEHRC)
Coalition of Physicians' organizations with the mission to assist physicians, particularly those in small- and medium-sized practices, to acquire and use EHRs. APA is a member of this group and representatives attend bimonthly meetings.

Electronic Prescribing (eRx) 

 

CMS Website on E-Prescribing
Information on e-prescribing and incentive initiatives

Surescripts Prescribers Connect

If you are looking for ePrescribing vendors, check this link. This site has a table that “reflects the most recent version of software that has been certified by Surescripts”. 

APA page on Electronic Prescribing

Toolset for E-Prescribing Implementation in Physician Offices (AHRQ)

The purpose of this toolset is to provide your practice with the knowledge and resources to implement e-prescribing successfully. The toolset is designed for use by a diverse range of provider organizations, from small, independent offices to large medical groups.”



HIT Definitions

Health Information Technology terminology evolves as rapidly as the movement itself. Below are the links to some glossaries.

Office of the National Coordination for Health Information Technology (ONC) 

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) 

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