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.