University, publisher to provide EHR software testing

The Polytechnic Institute of New York University, an affiliate of New York University, and publisher Health Data Management launched a new testing facility this week to provide independent reviews of the nearly 300 EHR software packages available for hospitals or physicians.

The facility, Health Data Tech Labs, is designed to provide physicians and hospitals with reports evaluating installation and maintenance, system configuration, user training and "test drive" use‑case scenarios. A self‑evaluation process is also incorporated that enables professionals to match systems to their own specific requirements.

Health Data Tech Labs was created under the direction of an advisory board composed of physicians, nurses, CIOs and practice administrators from across the country. New reports will be posted to the company's website every other week. Health Data Tech Labs' testing environment runs on hardware provided by Dell.

The launch of the new offering coincides with the opening of the reimbursement period earlier this month for the federal government's $27 billion incentive program to drive the adoption of electronic health records.

For more details:
- see this Health Data Management article