Electronic health records license agreement


Understand what to look for in a license agreement with an electronic health record vendor.

Q: What should I look for in the proposed license agreement with my EHR vendor?

A: Selecting an EHR can be a daunting task in its own right, but the process of wading through an EHR license agreement can also have its own pitfalls. Licenses can be detailed or vague, written in plain language or dense legalese. When examining your license agreement, consider several factors.

If your data are stored off-site, make sure that the company you sign a contract with will guarantee you get your data back in a readable form, regardless of whether it is the one storing the data for you.

Answer provided by Daniel F. Shay, JD, Alice Gosfield & Associates PC, Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Send your practice management questions to

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