What Is a Hybrid EMR?

The continued success of hybrid EMR has prompted extensive debate about what actually constitutes one. While the Internet is now filled with discussions about EMRs, the number of conversations regarding hybrid EMRs has exploded. People are always asking me what it is that makes hybrid EMRs work so well and how they are different from traditional (CCHIT-type) EMRs. This is the first in a series of 3 discussions that will address this subject.

A hybrid EMR is a high-performance EMR that is successful in high-performance practices.

In 1997, SRS created the first hybrid EMR, concentrating on performance-driven practices, where high-volume physicians demanded unencumbered productivity. As others have followed our lead, hybrid EMRs continue to be designed with efficiency and speed in mind. This emphasis on performance criteria contrasts sharply with traditional EMRs. As a reading of the CCHIT criteria reveals, traditional EMRs are constructed for lower-volume, primary care practices where speed is not a primary driver.

SRS has built the largest national network of high-performance practices that successfully use an EMR. Our development process is driven by these practices and we work to facilitate the sharing of best practices among them.

In the next segment of the series, I will share my thoughts on a key defining characteristic of high-performance hybrid EMR—high usability.

4 thoughts on “What Is a Hybrid EMR?

  1. Did I miss something? As I read the above post, it tells me the purpose of a hybrid EMR but not what it’s consitution is or what distinguishes it from traditional emrs.

  2. The hybrid EMR is an EMR that doesn’t require complex physician data entry. It is built on a platform of efficiency (like a hybrid car), rather than data entry. Physicians assemble the hybrid EMR by selecting the modules they need, when they need them—for ePrescribing, reporting and reminders, outcomes tracking, order management, or simple chart access.

  3. How is that different from any other EMR? Very few of them require 100% implementation from PM through EMR to billing.

  4. The difference is in the DNA of the products. Traditional EMRs are built on a data entry model. The DNA of the SRS hybrid EMR is workflow management. The results are dramatically different from the physicians’ perspective.

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