The Ohio Health Information Partnership (OHIP) announced today (September 28) that it has completed the request for proposals (RFP) process and identified five Electronic Health Record (EHR) companies as preferred vendors for its initiative to expand the use of EHRs in Ohio.
OHIP is committed to assisting 6,000 physicians and other health care providers adopt an EHR by 2012. The five preferred EHR vendors are: Allscripts, eClinicalWorks, e-MDs, NextGen Healthcare, and Sage.
According to Fred Richards, the COO and CIO of OHIP, the selection process to identify these vendors was rigorous. OHIP used a number of criteria to select its Preferred Vendors, including:
“More than 40 vendors applied to be recognized as a preferred vendor for OHIP, said Richards. "OHIP also sought and received special considerations from these vendors for the providers who use OHIP’s program, including discounted rates, favorable contract terms, and additional technical support.”
Richards said providers are not required to use the five vendors in order to participate in OHIP’s program. “We took this step because we felt providers would appreciate assistance in reviewing vendors and identifying the ones that we thought could meet the providers’ needs within the timelines established by the program.”
Providers who adopt a certified EHR and meet defined performance standards will qualify for financial incentives from Medicare or Medicaid. Plus, primary care providers will qualify for subsidized technical support from OHIP’s regional partners during the process of EHR selection, implementation, and meeting performance standards.
“OHIP’s mission is to improve the quality and value of health care by allowing authorized providers to have secure access to a patient’s health information – between providers, between providers and hospitals, and between providers and labs and pharmacies. It will help assure continuity of care and it will help lower heath care costs,” Richards said.
OHIP is a non-profit entity that was created to assist Ohio physicians and other providers with the implementation and adoption of health information technology. It was founded by the Ohio Hospital Association, the Ohio Osteopathic Association, the Ohio State Medical Association, BioOhio, and the State of Ohio.