Rural Health Providers Get IT Shopping TipsKansas Health Institute News: HIT Expert Offers Tips For Small And Rural Providers Shopping For EHR Systems
Medical providers, especially those in rural and small offices, who are shopping for an electronic health record vendor should consider the issue of data portability before making a decision, said David Blumenthal, who until this spring was the national coordinator for health information technology. ... Systems with low or zero data portability effectively tie a medical provider to a given software vendor by discouraging or not allowing bulk file downloads from the remote server. ... Cloud-based systems tend to be most popular with small and rural medical offices because the start-up cost is substantially less (Cauthon, 4/15). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.