Chesapeake Regional Information System for Our Patients (CRISP) is Maryland’s Regional Extension Center and was created under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act’s Health Information Technology Extension Program. Physicians in Maryland are aided in the adoption of health information technology (HIT) by this Regional Extension Center. It’s specific purpose is to assist physicians with meaningful use of electronic health record (EHR) systems to improve their quality of care.
The vast amount of EHR vendors and the variety of software available make choosing a suitable EHR software a daunting and time consuming task for physicians. The Maryland Regional Extension Center for Health Information Technology can play an important role in guiding physicians through the selection process, as well as the EHR software implementation process. This Regional Extension Center also has a long-term goal of supporting the Health Information Exchanges development.
A prequalified list of preferred EHR vendors, which were carefully selected out of a group of EMR (electronic medical record) companies, may be offered by some Regional Extension Centers. These preferred EHR vendors have demonstrated a commitment to the health information technology mission. The chosen electronic health record vendors offer greater functionality that enables practices to better participate in the Health Information Exchange and achieve meaningful use of EMR software. Additionally, these EHR vendors facilitate quick and smooth adoption of EHR software for these Regional Extension Center participants by offering discounted prices and standardized terms and conditions. Regional Extension Center members may also receive group purchasing discounts from these EHR vendors.
The Maryland Regional Extension Center CRISP does not recommend any preferred EHR vendors.