Staying Independent...Together

Print Message

   RE: Any free EHR out there?
 From: Cindy Go
 To: Member Forum
 Posted: 03-08-2018 12:57
 Message: ​I am currently trying talkEHR and it is definitely not ready for prime time use.  There are so many glitches in the EMR that I would not recommend it for a long term solution for anyone.  I should have listened to the post prior who said they were not impressed with the demo.  They were right.  This program is not very user friendly and also freezes and breaks down a lot.  They say they have all these features but many of them do not work or do not work correctly. You can sign up to eprescribe control substances but that was another mess.  Lab integration is likely not going to happen even though they say that is also free.  It's free because you can't get integrated. I am on the phone with them daily about different problems.  It is very disruptive to the work flow.  So, I would not use it, even if it is free.  As someone also said correctly, you get what you pay for.  That being said, I think it is worth the $100 a month for Practice Fusion with all it's quirks.

I did demo the onetouch EMR also and found that system to be more clunky than talkEHR.  Plus, you really need the paid version to get the features that were available with Practice Fusion.

Cindy Go
Original Message:
Sent: 03-08-2018 09:55
From: Jean Antonucci
Subject: Any free EHR out there?

Here in MAine  E rx of controlled substances was mandated last July  You could get a 6 mo waiver
  Dr First was offered to Medical association members as a stand alone til or if  your emr got e-rx for controlled substances As I recall we got a discount but it was $50 or 100 a month Do not recall exactly.
E rxcontrolled is really good to have   It is of course OMT(one more thing) as you have to have two factor security First one had to have an administrator in your practice certify you The EMR companies told us little practices to have our spouses or recptioists-I used my biller- to get administrative privileges in the EMR- which we gave them, and certify us then take it away DUMBER THAN DUMB
 then you have to download an app or here also the hosptial employees get a little device- the purpose of each is to generate a random number every thirty  second  that you put in.

I run a practice where noone ever gets ritalin oxycodone suboxone etc without a visit ever BUt in the case of a snowstorm delaying me from flying home I can now send in 1 days worth by internet so Il ike that  USed to be a pain of begging pharmacists then coming in and faxiing hard copy etc  Or redoing hard copy if I left off  chronic pain vs acute  or for adhd or any of the other OMTs I have to put on  there I  have to now  write an exemption code for anyone getting over 100 MME of anything It has been  mind boggling up here for months ​

Jean Antonucci

Original Message:
Sent: 03-07-2018 20:00
From: Milton Stern
Subject: Any free EHR out there?

Besides Practice Fusion that is going to a Paid model in June, I am aware of:

  1. OneTouch EMR - Free -
  2. talkEHR - Free -
  3. OpenEMR - Free - - System is not hosted by an outside company. It is installed on the local system, or on your network.
I have not made a side by side comparison as of yet.

I also am on Practice Fusion, including their ePrescribing with ECPS.
So, I also need to evaluate a new vendor for ePrescribing.

The above 3 EHR/EMR choices do have ePrescribing. From the websites, the ePrescribing functionality seems to read:
  1. OneTouch EMR - Free -
    Has free BASIC eRx, "advanced" is with charge
  2. talkEHR - Free -
    Electronic Prescription - Free *Charges may apply for EPCS
  3. Three known options for e-prescribing in OpenEMR.
    - Newcrop, a subscription service, is well integrated into OpenEMR.
    - Allscripts is quite good and requires no fees.
    - Weno Exchange is well integrated and requires no fees.
    (NOTE: 1. Needs some manual integration to get running.
                   2. Controlled Prescription component may require PAID subscription)
Other ePrescribing alternative I found are:
  1. - OfficeAlly
  2. - Dr. First
  3. - Allscripts ePrescribe

But at this point, I don't know of their EPCS functionaity, nor cost.

I hope to make a side by side spreadsheet at some time in the future, and share.
If anybody has some "free" time we can make a shared spreadsheet (Google Sheets? or Excel Online?), and make it a group effort.

Thoughts / Recommendations?

Milton (Moshe) Stern, M.D.
Staten Island, New York
He [Hillel] used to say: If I am not for myself, who is for me?
And if I am only for myself, what am I?
If not now when? (Avot 1:14)

Original Message:
Sent: 03-06-2018 11:55
From: Anonymous Member
Subject: Any free EHR out there?

This message was posted by a user wishing to remain anonymous I have been using Practice fusion for the past 10 years for free. Happy w it but now they want to charge $99/m. I am semi retired from my practice and see about 5 pts a week. Mostly doing acupuncture, cash based practice. Do not do Meaningful use, do not write many rx or labs. Maybe go back to paper? I can use Office ally for scheduling which I think is free

Copyright 2016 Ideal Medical Practices. All rights reserved.