EHRSelector's Origins

About Us

Who We Are

Caroline Samuels, MD

Carl Bergman

The Selector's Development

The Selector started life as a feature list submitted to vendors at the March 2001 NCRIC Technology Exposition in Washington DC. NCRIC, a mid-Atlantic region, medical malpractice insurer wanted to encourage EMR use by its physician clients.

Dr. Caroline Samuels, a rheumatologist and medical informaticist, was the conference organizer. She wanted the conference participants to be able to compare systems apples to apples as they shopped the vendor exhibits. With Carl Bergman of SilverSoft, Inc., she developed a 70 feature list for vendor products.

Following the conference, Samuels and Bergman expanded the list and with Pat Wise, then Executive Director of CPRI, developed it as a searchable database on CPRI's website as the CPR Selection Toolkit.

After CPRI's 2002 merger with HIMSS, the Selection Toolkit was ported to HIMSS' site. At HIMSS, Samuels and Bergman expanded the Selector's features to over 300 items. During this time, the system got its final name as the EHR Selector.

In 2006, HIMSS decided to stop hosting the Selector, but continued to promote its use. Later that year, Medical Strategic Planning (MSP) assumed the development, hosting and marketing for the Selector.

In 2012, Samuels and Bergman saw that the mission of the Selector and of MSP had gone in different ways. As a result, they took over full operation of the Selector, revamped its web site and added several new functions. During its history, the Selector has gone through many changes, but it has always kept to its fundamental purpose as a versatile and objective system for finding an EHR.

Who We Are

Caroline Samuels, MD Dr. Samuels is board certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine, and a Fellow American College of Rheumatology and has over twenty five years of clinical experience. She is a principal of the

Dr. Samuels created and held Medical Informatics positions at D.C. General Hospital, Prince George's hospital Center and Medalantic Healthcare Group (now MedStar Health). In each of these positions, she created working relationships between the technical and clinical groups to support the clinical process.

Recently, Dr. Samuels managed the selection and implementation of an eprescribing system for Prince Georges County Hospital's teaching clinic where she practiced. Subsequently, the vendor asked her to revamp the product's deployment and training strategies.

Dr. Samuels is a noted informaticist who regularly presents and moderates at national and local Informatics meetings and workshops.

She currently practices at the Rockville Internal Medicine Group.

Degrees and professional training include:

  • AB Wellesley College 1970

  • MD University of Connecticut School of Medicine 1975

  • Residency in Internal Medicine Georgetown

  • Medicine Dept. D.C. General Hospital 1975-1978 1

  • Fellowship in Rheumatology George Washington University Medical Center 1979-1981

Carl Bergman, President of SilverSoft, Inc., and Managing Partner of the Selector is a project manager/analyst with an extensive and varied background in requirements development, system analysis, and implementation. His work has been in a variety settings from federal agencies, non profits, small businesses to large hospitals, satellite based TV systems and numerous web sites.

For the past dozen years he has specialized in EHRs. He has published several notes on EHR topics of usability, design, and hospital workflows as well as reviews of EHR systems. Bergman has led EHR projects in both ambulatory, clinical and hospital settings. For example, he led the EHR implementation for the Washington National Eye Center.

Clients have included: Federal departments of: Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Community Development, Transportation and State.

Private sector clients included: AARP, William Colby, former CIA Director, Clowery Consulting, a tax and legal issues consulting firm, Horst Frisch, an international economics consulting firm, Friends of Sligo Creek, Johns Hopkins University, Kaiser Permanente, the Washington Hospital Center and the National Jewish Democratic Council.

Bergman was a staff member of the District of Columbia City Council and served as Deputy DC Auditor. He was a faculty member of the University of the District of Columbia in governmental finance and George Washington University in personal computing.


BA 1966 Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA

MA 1971 American University, Washington, DC