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Electronic Medical Record software (EMR) aims to make it easier to
manage patient records in a number of ways. The obvious is to have
a single secure place from which to access a patient's records and
medical history. This can include charts and existing
prescriptions, as well as lab results.
However, good EMR software can also provide a direct self-service
portal for patients to access important information, such as the
results of a recent blood test, without having to ring the practice
to find out. Additionally, a patient portal can be used to send
required prescriptions direct to a pharmacy. Some will also have a
telemedicine software feature for distance contacts.
Sometimes both the terms EMR and EHR (Electronic Health Record)
software are used interchangeably, but some vendors specify that
EMR software is aimed at a single practice, while EHR is more for
multiple practices and offices. Otherwise, in many ways they are
very similar and cover broadly the same functions, as above.
Another feature of good EMR software is that it will usually
integrate with any existing medical practice management software,
making administration and management of patient records work
seamlessly with existing software. Additionally, good EMR software
will often have medical billing software features built in, to
ensure prompt payment for treatment from the patient or their
Here we'll feature not just good EMR software, but the best EMR
software currently on the market.
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Best EMR software - at a glance
(Image credit: Virence Health’s Centricity)
- Virence Health’s Centricity
- AMS Ultra Charts
- Epic EMR
- inSync EMR
- WebPT EMR
1. Virence Health’s Centricity
An all-in-one EMR solution from GE
Good for small to medium practices
Secure and compliant data transfers
Previously sold as GE Centricity EMR, Virence Health’s Centricity
is is an EMR software platform that aims to deliver across
ambulatory care, population health, patient engagement, as well as
analytics, in a package that can integrate with other practice
software solutions. Centicity can offer customized workflows as
well as share data across the healthcare ecosystem, not least with
other providers and financial institutions, via HIPAA compliant
The software takes a modular approach and is simple to navigate.
Staff shouldn't have a problem being able to drill down through
patient records to find specific information, such as charts,
appointments, and medical history. There's also a patient portal
that allows them to make appointments, find test results, and
access billing options for payment.
There's also a mobile app for users to gain easy access to
information on patients, and Virence also provides a PM (Practice
Management) platform that the Centricity can integrate with.
Altogether, Centricity is a fairly comprehensive and standard
software package, with no real flaws and plenty built into it that
should satisfy at least small to medium practices. There's also an
enterprise version available with further customizations available.
(Image credit: American Medical Software)
- You can signup for Virence Health's Centricity here
2. AMS Ultra Charts
Integrated EMR that simply gets the job done
Easy to use
Ultra Charts from American Medical Software is an EMR solution that
manages patient records, appointments, prescriptions, billing, and
a patient portal. It's fully integrated and certified, and is
available either via the cloud or downloadable on-premises
Where AMS Ultra Charts really comes into its own is two areas: ease
of use, and support. It does exactly what it needs to, with EMR
records seamlessly integrated into a billing and management system
that works easily with insurance companies. There are also
customized templates available to work across the healt