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Of These 3 EMRs, Which Would Be Best For You?

A Comparison Of GE Centricity EMR, Nexgen EHR & eClinicalWorks

There are many features and functions to consider. However, the three most important are:

  1. Security (Will it protect your PHI and help you comply with HIPAA?)
  2. Ease of Use (Will your staff have difficulty using it?)
  3. Interoperability (Will you be able to transfer data to other EMR systems easily?)

Plus, consider things like whether an EMR will:

  • Improve the delivery of patient care.
  • Enhance billing and collection of payments.
  • Reduce administrative overhead.

Beyond this, look at your practice’s operations, processes, and procedures. Do you rely on mobile devices? Do you need help meeting government regulations? What are your future plans for your practice?

A Comparison Of 3 EMR Solutions

To help in your search for the best EMR/EHR for your organization, we’ve provided a comparison of three popular EMR systems.

GE Centricity EMR

GE being a well-respected company for innovation and technology makes some physicians feel more comfortable trusting its EMR software. And with its portfolio of tools for things like cloud computing, medical records management, revenue cycle administration, and other essential functions, it’s a useful tool for many healthcare practices.

For Any Size Practice

GE’s Centricity EMR solution provides standardized tools for practice management both for use in and out of the office. It’s appropriate for any sized practice – a small, single provider office, or a multi-specialty practice with branch offices. However, GE no longer provides an EMR solution for hospitals.

Centricity EMR is easy to use and modify. Because it’s so customizable, you can adapt it to the way you practice medicine.

Easy To Use

Its user interface is very intuitive and easy to navigate. And you can use it with your mobile devices from anywhere you have an internet connection.

You can use it alone or with GE’s Centricity Practice Management software to make it a complete and comprehensive management solution.


  • Tailor it to your practice’s workflow and your users’ level of experience with EMRs.
  • It comes with pre-designed templates and forms. You also have the option of designing your own.
  • You’ll have the capability to enter data with point-and-click, keyboard entries, voice recognition, quick-texts, or scanning.
  • It’s authorized by the National Coordinator, ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies (ONC-ATCBs).

Clinical Outcomes

Centricity EMR provides a robust solution for reporting clinical outcomes. You can develop reports critical for benchmarking your results with others. This makes it easier to participate in pay-for-performance medicine programs.


It also offers particularly powerful interoperability. It includes a Clinical Messenger to further patient communications and to share information with other physicians/practices involved in a particular patient’s care. Its interface engine supports integration with third-party systems so you can easily share lab results, clinical reports, and financial data.

NextGen Office EHR

NextGen Healthcare provides two EHR solutions tailored to fit any-sized practice. NextGen offers another solution for enterprises called NextGen Enterprise EHR that’s designed for large practices. It provides an integrated, scalable solution that supports interoperability, patient communication, regulatory compliance, and value-based delivery.

Easy To Use

It’s designed to be easy to use to reduce frustrations, save time, and prevent unnecessary costs. It also focuses on compliance and includes features like a Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), population health, and other value-based care requirements. All of its features and workflows can be tailored to your unique needs.

NextGen Office EHR is cloud-based and will integrate well with other programs. It enables point-of-care charting with voice, touch, and type. It also provides easy management of lab results, patient cases, and e-Prescribing.


Because it is cloud-based, this aspect reduces the amount of scrolling and clicks you need to complete tasks. You can view essential information on one screen. And you can set preferences for the information you want to be displayed on a specific screen. Even the dashboard is customizable with modules for medications, allergies, workflow, referrals, or specific problems and procedures.


Change settings for drug formularies and customize drug information. You can customize for only medications on the formulary, drug brand names, and chemical names.

Workflow Screen

The workflow screen presents a view of clinical tasks where you can create, update, and reassign tasks, appointments, and your appointment queue. You can also access information on a patient’s problems, diagnosis, medications, and allergies.


When it comes to appointments, users can view scheduled appointments based on their resources, which means they would be able to view the schedules for their providers and the physicians in their organization. This feature streamlines healthcare and clinical workflows enabling users to provide fast delivery of value-based care.

NextGen’s EHRs also include referral management and laboratory features so staff can effectively coordinate patient care. A feature that’s unique to NextGen is its chronic disease management and health maintenance reminders.


  • Data sharing is easy across systems
  • Streamlines your workflows, claims, billing, and financial statements
  • A customizable Workflow Screen
  • Clinical Tasking capabilities
  • Appointment Management System
  • Referral Management System
  • Laboratory Services functionality
  • Chronic Disease Management System
  • Health Maintenance Reminders
  • E/M (Evaluation and Management) Coding
  • Is HIPAA Compliant
  • Server-based or Cloud-based SaaS solution
  • Provides NextGen® solutions suite integration
  • Customizable settings

eClinicalWorks EHR

eClinicalWorks streamlines workflows for a variety of healthcare settings such as hospitals, specialties, health centers, ambulatory surgical centers, primary care offices, and mobile clinics.

Easy To Use & Customize

It’s easy to use, including when used on mobile devices like phones and tablets. Most features are easy to customize.

Practice Management System

eClinicalWorks is already integrated with a Practice Management System. It provides touch points from the time of patient check-in to departure. It offers a seamless workflow from the front office to physicians’ reports and billing.

Mobile & Accessible

It provides an effective and efficient way to relay information. Regardless of your location you can manage medications, obtain clinical decision support, post patient education materials, or access lab results.

eClinicalWorks has a number of medical care solutions. All the other products can be fully integrated with the EHR platform to deliver one very powerful system.

It also has the features you need to qualify for Meaningful Use reimbursement.


  • E/M Coding
  • Easy Charting
  • E-prescribing Features
  • Appointment Management
  • Patient Portal
  • Handwriting Recognition
  • Meaningful Use Certified
  • HIPAA Compliant
  • Authorized by the National Coordinator, ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies (ONC-ATCBs)
  • Voice Recognition Capabilities

No matter which EMR you choose, make sure that when you update your systems, the data is transferred accurately and entirely by using a quality archival solution.

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