RECs Expanding “Preferred” Vendor List to Meet Goals

Posted on November 4, 2011 I Written By

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I’ve gotten word from a couple of different places now that a number of RECs have had to open up another RFP to increase their “preferred” (or whichever term they like to use) EMR vendor list in order to reach the number of meaningful EHR users they need to reach.

Most of you that have read my stuff for a while know how much I dislike how many of the RECs approached the EMR selection process. There are a few RECs that have done a great job of remaining neutral and supporting any and all certified EHR vendors. I applaud their efforts.

I’m just really glad that doctors weren’t fooled by RECs’ preferred vendor lists. The idea that a REC could identify the appropriate EHR vendor for such a wide variety of doctor specialties, sizes, etc is just wrong. I’m glad that the net has been widened by many RECs even if their hand seems to be kind of forced into it to meet their numbers.

I’m fine with RECs specializing in certain EHR software. There’s no way they can be experts in all 300+ EHR software. However, the EMR selection should be driven by the doctors and practice managers and then the RECs support the EMRs selected most often by the actual users.

I guess now we’ll see if RECs start searching for the low hanging fruit to meet their numbers.