EHR Replacement Shouldn’t be a Nightmare


Moving data from one EHR, EMR, or practice management system to another can be a more complicated process than the initial EMR implementation.

Medical data needs to be located, analyzed, and extracted from the old EMR, then converted to meet the new EMR’s specifications so that patient demographic information, insurance payer information, medical history, medications, immunizations and more can be available within the different modules of the new system. While accomplishing a system migration is stressful for the physician practice, it is also a time-consuming, resource-draining process for the vendors of both the legacy and the new, target system.

ELLKAY specializes in data extraction and conversion services. PM, EHR and EMR companies use ELLKAY to overcome their connectivity and data-transfer challenges. We work with the physician practice and the EMR vendor to ensure data is correct, in the new system’s format, and that this data is available to practices from day one in their new software.

With over 25,000 practices connected and a system capability arsenal exceeding 450+ EMR/PM systems, we’ve become experts in the transfer of medical data. To learn more about ELLKAY’s data conversion services, visit our EMR Data Extraction and Conversion page or contact us today!

ELLKAY EMR Conversions Division Expands


EMR Conversions Division of ELLKAY, LLC Welcomes 2 New Members:

EMR Conversions are in demand in the Health IT market today. ELLKAY is the national leader in EMR to EMR Extraction and Conversion services. This new division solves a growing problem that physicians are faced with. ‘Early Adopters’ may have purchased an EMR system that is not working the way they had  imagined it would and the only thing that may be holding them back from switching to a more fitting system is the obvious problem of what to do with all the existing data stored in the current EMR system.

We have solved this issue by introducing a new division that is dedicated to handling EMR / EHR Extraction and Conversion services.

ELLKAY welcomes 2 new members to the staff this week:

Sunita Pradhan, Director of Strategic Alliances and Kelly Tabares, Jr. Sales Associate

“I am proud to be part of ELLKAY.  Everyone here has been very gracious in welcoming me and making me feel at home. There is a lot of excitement in the office, in the faces of those who work here; there is a vibrant energy from the minute you walk in, and it is contagious. Thank you everyone for such a warm welcome.

I am looking forward to growing the EMR Conversion Division of ELLKAY, under the leadership of Michael Fischweicher, VP Business Development.  It is clear that ELLKAY’s ability to enable EMR Vendors to stay focused on their core business by outsourcing the data extraction and conversion to us offers up a solid win-win scenario for vendors and practices alike.

Here’s to a wonderful time ahead.”

Sunita Pradhan

“I’m glad to join a company with such a bright future and warm staff. I’ve enjoyed my first few weeks here and feel very welcome by everyone including our leadership. I look forward to working with my team and being part of this growing EMR Conversions division as well as learning more about our other services in Practice Management and EMR Data Connectivity. I am having fun learning about this IT side of the medical industry and getting to know my fellow staff members.”

Kelly Tabares

Ellkay has over 10 years experience in medical data extractions and conversions. We work with over 450 vendors and 900 versions. ELLKAY makes it possible for EMR Vendors, Lab Systems and Practices to keep their resources focused on their core businesses while letting us manage the data connectivity needs quicker, better and for less than they may be able to do it themselves.  Contact ELLKAY today.

The First EMRs Certified For ‘Meaningful Use’ Have Been Listed


First EHR Products Certified For Meaningful Use

Thirty six electronic health record products are first to be certified as capable of meeting Meaningful Use Stage 1 criteria.

Article republished from it's original appearance on InformationWeek.com here.
A wave of three dozen e-health records products are the first to be certified capable of meeting Meaningful Use Stage 1 criteria. The certifications should help doctor practices and hospitals be more confident about the EHR products they’re using or planning to purchase.

Certification of EHR products is required for healthcare providers to qualify for the $20 billion-plus incentive funding that’s been allotted under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s HITECH Act programs for the “meaningful use” of health IT.

The largest group of products certified so far — 33 — were announced by the Certification Commission for Health IT; another three product certifications were granted by Drummond Group.

CCHIT and Drummond Group are two of three organizations that the federal government’s Office of National Coordinator for Health IT has authorized, at least so far, as a certification and testing bodies under the HITECH Act. The third certification body named by ONC as an “Authorized Testing and Certification Body” or ATCB, is InfoGard Laboratories.

In order to qualify for the HITECH incentive payments, clinicians and hospitals need to “meaningfully use” health IT products that have been certified by an ATCB.

Till recently, CCHIT — which has been around for several years — was also the first (and only) organization recognized in the health IT circle as a certification body for e-health record products.

However, under HITECH Act, ONC is designating several ATCBs to test and certify products are compliant to the government’s meaningful use requirements.

An InfoGard spokeswoman said the company expects to announce its first Meaningful Use Stage 1 certified products in coming weeks.

The products that received certification by Drummond include one “complete” EHR and two modules.

Unlike complete EHR packages, modules can focus on certain functionality, meeting one or more meaningful use criteria, but not all. Modules can allow healthcare providers additional flexibility in choosing applications that meet their organization’s particular needs beyond meaningful use.

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Government Adds a new site dedicated to EMR Incentive Programs


This caught my eye and was certainly worth sharing with our blog community.

The Federal Government has apparently published an official website dedicated to the various EMR / EHR Incentive Programs that they have initiated for physicians in efforts to get this country’s healthcare data digital.

This government site is available on the CMS website. Here’s a direct link: http://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms/

Remember: ELLKAY can convert data from virtually any EMR to virtually any EMR. This includes clinical patient data. Ask us for more details, or visit: http://www.ConvertMyEMR.com .

Switching from one EMR system to another without losing patient data; now possible?


ELLKAY has proudly released a Press Release yesterday announcing a new division we’re very excited about which will focus on full Electronic Medical Records (EMR) data extraction & conversion services allowing physicians using an EMR they’re not necessarily happy with to another EMR of their choice.

Read the full Press Release here.

Also, follow the ConvertMyEMR division on Twitter here.