The Swiss Army Knife is a symbol of versatility. It has a bottle opener, screwdriver, scissors, a can opener, pliers and a toothpick – and it all folds up neatly so you can slip it in your pocket.

At Access, we like to think that our solutions offer the same kind of versatility. When it comes to electronic medical records, our patient eForms and eSignature tools are vendor agnostic. That means a hospital can have Athenahealth, Cerner, Epic or MEDITECH and be confident that our technology will seamlessly integrate with their EMR.

The same goes with enterprise content management systems. These are online repositories where forms live once linked to a patient. Access is also ECM vendor agnostic so our solutions integrate with these providers, too.

Adaptability like this is especially important when a provider decides to switch vendors. Replacing one EMR with another is complex, expensive and can be disruptive to workflow. Plus, down time is expected as clinicians and hospital personnel learn to use the new system.

But since Access integrates with most EMRs, there’s no need for hospitals to replace their current Access solution when they change electronic patient records. Hospital CIOs and CFOs are usually pretty happy to hear that the current Access solution they have implemented will still be able to “talk” to their upgraded EMR.

Once a hospital’s new medical record is up and running, users simply resume their normal activity in the current Access eForms and eSignature tools. There’s no additional downtime since clinicians are already trained and familiar with these Access solutions.

Mix and match

We often work with IDNs that have more than one EMR vendor. For example, a 10-hospital IDN may have six providers with Cerner’s EMR and four that have MEDITECH’s.

Since Access integrates with both of these EMR vendors, the providers that have Cerner can continue using Cerner and those with MEDITECH can stay with MEDITECH. Both groups will still be able to use their current version of Access eSignature and eForms software.

Form and function

Our ability to integrate with multiple EMRs can save a hospital money if they decide to make a vendor change. But that’s not the only way Access helps providers cut costs.

Most hospitals have thousands of forms and creating them costs money. But Access gives them the option of creating their own forms instead of paying a vendor to do it for them. We train hospital staff to create new forms and update existing ones. Forms management is another way we give hospitals options and help them achieve ongoing cost savings.

Access systems can’t cut, open or twist like a Swiss Army Knife can. But our solutions can integrate with EMR and ECM vendors, help providers control costs and maintain clinician satisfaction, which definitely makes us a utility player.


Mark Johnston

Written by Mark Johnston

With 35+ years of executive management experience in healthcare, Mark has taken on almost every challenge the modern industry has faced. As company president, his healthcare vision and business acumen provides valuable daily leadership, and his connections have built an exceptional team and solid corporate partnerships that uniquely benefit Access customers. He has in-depth knowledge of every three-letter acronym—HIS, EHR, ECM, ERP and even BBQ.