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Overview
This section provides guidance to understand the key contract terms involved in negotiating the vendor contract. It is critical to negotiate a vendor contract that takes into account the unique circumstances of your center and incorporates flexibility to meet your reporting needs. Guidance is offered related to indemnification, warranties and disclaimers, liability, dispute resolution, termination and migration, and access to and use of the EHR data.  
Purchasing EHR
Ability to Use Data Without Excessive Charges
Ability to Use Data Without Excessive Charges

Ability to Use Data Without Excessive Charges

This issue brief discusses a critical concern during health center’s EHR contracting process – the need to preserve the ability to use data without excessive charges, which had hindered many health center’s ability to meet UDS and other reporting requirements.

Access to Information about Database Structures
Access to Information about Database Structures

Access to Information about Database Structures

This issue brief discusses a critical concern during health center’s health IT contracting process – the need to have access to the underlying database structures to the health IT applications (e.g., EHR, reporting system… etc.) The lack of access to database structure will hinder the health center’s ability to access the data captured in the system, and risk vendor lock-in and have records trapped in data silos in the future.

EHR Vendors Most Frequently Used by Health Centers
EHR Vendors Most Frequently Used by Health Centers

EHR Vendors Most Frequently Used by Health Centers

This graph uses health center reported UDS data from 2014 and 2015 to identify the top 10 vendors among health center programs, and shows the change between years.

2013 ONC EHR Contracts
2013 ONC EHR Contracts

2013 ONC EHR Contracts

This document explains key EHR contract terms and what purchasers (health centers) need to know about them. Understanding these terms will help health centers select an appropriate EHR system and protect the health center from business and patient safety risks that may arise. If health centers misunderstand these terms, they may not be able to rely on their contract to help prevent disruptions to their practices.

Acknowledgements

This resource collection was compiled by the HITEQ Center staff with guidance from HITEQ Advisory Committee members and collaborators of the HITEQ Center.

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