Physician practices can convert to electronic health records by deploying their own systems or partnering with hospitals, write Sandra Holtzman and Todd Frech, partners in the EHR Empowerment Consortium. Practices that opt to deploy their own EHR technologies should perform due diligence when selecting an EHR vendor and choose the system that suits their workflow. Those that choose to affiliate with hospitals should learn about the Stark regulations as well as select an organization that comprehends how a practice operates.

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