Free EHR, EHR and Healthcare IT Newsletter Want to receive the latest updates on EHR, EMR and Healthcare IT news sent straight to your email? Get all the latest EHR News for FREE!

46% of U.S. Physician Groups plan to join a Health Information Exchange (HIE)

Burlington, VT – HIMSS Analytics continues the series of strategic industry reports previously published by CapSite with the release of the 5th Annual U.S. Ambulatory Electronic Health Record (EHR) & Practice Management (PM) Study.  The study represents unique Voice of Customer (VOC) insight from more than 800 physician groups on market adoption, market share, market opportunity and vendor mind share across the U.S. physician market.  Additionally, it incorporates information from the HIMSS Analytics® Database for a comprehensive snapshot of the Ambulatory EHR and PM marketplace.

“The year-over-year analysis that we provide allows for an in-depth understanding of industry trends,” said Brendan FitzGerald, HIMSS Analytics Research Director. “While both the tethered and non-tethered Ambulatory EHR markets show signs of maturing, there is continued opportunity with 35% of respondents planning to purchase, replace, or upgrade an Ambulatory EHR solution.”

The study includes Voice of Customer (VOC) insight on physician group:

  • Status on receiving incentive funding for Stage 1 of Meaningful Use (MU)
  • Plans for purchasing or upgrading Ambulatory EHR & PM solutions
  • Primary drivers behind decisions to replace current Ambulatory EHR & PM solutions
  • Plans for joining a Health Information Exchange (HIE)

Vendor Market and Mind Share coverage includes:

Acumen, ADP AdvancedMD, Allscripts, Amazing Charts, Aprima, athenahealth, BioMedix, Cerner, CPSI, eClinicalWorks, e-MDs, Epic, GE Healthcare, Greenway, Healthland, HMS, McKesson, Meditech, MedNet, MedPlus, MED3000, NextGen, OptumInsight, Practice Fusion, Siemens, Vitera

About HIMSS Analytics
HIMSS Analytics is a wholly-owned, not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). The company acquired CapSite in October 2012 and offers a portfolio of healthcare information technology market intelligence products and services, including detailed analytics tools, market research, and customized consulting. Visit www.himssanalytics.org or www.capsite.com for more information.

June 12, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

MedSys Group Names Dick Taylor, MD as Chief Medical Officer of its Healthcare IT Advisory Services Division

Dr. Taylor brings extensive experience including clinical practice, software development, strategic IT transformation, and large program leadership.

Frisco, Texas (May 21, 2013) – In its latest strategic move in creating the industry’s finest Advisory Services Team, MedSys Group today announced the designation of Dick Taylor, MD, as Managing Director and Chief Medical Officer of its Healthcare IT Advisory Services Division. Dr. Taylor will focus on integrating IT efforts with the clinical and operational ownership needed to capture permanent and positive changes within health care institutions.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Taylor join the MedSys Group team,” Steven Heck, President of MedSys Group said. “He is a very talented software engineer and a practicing physician. This combination of skills allows him to approach a broad range of HCIT challenges with unique insight. We are very pleased that Dr. Taylor is now part of our leadership team”.

A software engineer for more than 35 years and a pediatrician and pediatric hospitalist for over a decade, Dr. Taylor has been at the epicenter of the Healthcare IT revolution, both as a practitioner and as a leader in large EMR implementations. Currently, Dr. Taylor is working with multiple large health delivery systems in various stages of implementation and post-implementation work, helping define the cultural, strategic, and tactical approaches best suited to finding real clinical value from those systems’ large IT investments.

To position itself ahead of the market, MedSys is creating an Advisory Services Division made up of thought leaders in key industry categories that will be crucial to the success of healthcare institutions over the next decade. The team will advise its clients on their IT infrastructure and security to fully support their systems.

In January, MedSys named Steven Heck as company president. Heck has already made an immediate impact on the thinking in the industry with his forward look at Beyond the Boom: What Happens After Meaningful Use? For its second addition to the Advisory Services Team, MedSys went outside of healthcare to tap one of the country’s leading infrastructure architects, Thure Meyer. Now, with Dr. Taylor’s unique combination of technical and clinical experience, MedSys gains invaluable insight into the realities of implementing technology in the real world of clinical medicine.

“Healthcare delivery is complicated, expensive, and growing more so every day. Dr. Taylor’s direct experience with some of the largest systems in the country allows MedSys to offer advice and support that stretches from the bedside to the boardroom and from the rural heartland to the largest tertiary-care medical centers in the nation,” Alan Kravitz, MedSys Group Founder and CEO said. “As delivery systems cover more and more variety and are asked to take on more and more of the financial and operational risk, navigating this territory requires guidance based on familiarity with all sides of the problem.”

“Too often, IT makes promises without understanding the clinical world, while clinicians define their needs without understanding what the technology can truly offer,” explains Dr. Taylor. “This is where the whole world of informatics is taking us, but you need people who have lived on both sides of the aisle. The difference is sometimes subtle, but we’ve seen over and over that Healthcare IT can create a transformative experience if we unite the two sides of the world. Doing that and doing it predictably is my core focus.”

Dr. Taylor has more than 30 years of experience in software development, including user interface research, firmware and embedded software development, and large scale peripheral subsystems architecture. In 1998 he received his MD from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and finished his Pediatrics residency at The Children’s Hospital of Denver (now Children’s Hospital of Colorado) in 2001. Dr. Taylor has practiced in multiple settings and sites including general office pediatrics and pediatric hospital medicine. He has directed medical device development, provided sales support as a Vice President for Medical Affairs with McKesson, Inc., and served Providence Health and Services (Oregon) as their Chief Medical Information Officer. Most recently, he led Providence’s Epic implementation team as the Chief Program Officer and served Providence as their Chief for IS Strategy and Business Development.
About MedSys Group, LLC:
Founded in 2008, MedSys Group, LLC, a national Healthcare Information Technology Consulting firm, supports today’s technology in large academic medical centers, integrated delivery networks, specialty hospitals, and physician practice organizations. MedSys Group’s vision of ‘evolving healthcare’ is centered on contributing to the success of its clients while providing a supportive culture for its professional consultants and associates. MedSys is able to lend expert guidance and knowledge in Cerner, Epic, Siemens, Meditech, McKesson, and Eclipsys solutions, as well as the Ambulatory and Practice Management arenas. MedSys is frequently featured in A-list publications and was named number 31 on the 2013 Dallas 100 list of fastest growing companies in North Texas. For more information about MedSys Group, LLC or to reach a MedSys Associate please visit: www.MedSysGroup.com of call 972-464-0020. You can also follow MedSys on Twitter @MedSysGroup. For interviews or media inquiries, please contact Gretchen Hydo, Director of Public Relations, at Gretchen@Chatterboxink.com.

June 6, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Cerner, McKesson, Allscripts, athenahealth, Greenway and RelayHealth Announce Ground Breaking Alliance to Enable Integrated Health Care

First-of-its-kind effort to transform quality and cost effectiveness by enabling data liquidity across systems, settings and episodes of care

New Orleans, March 4, 2013 – Top health care information technology (HIT) companies Cerner, McKesson, Allscripts, athenahealth, Greenway Medical Technologies® and RelayHealth announced today the launch of the CommonWell Health Alliance™, planned to be an independent not-for-profit organization that will support universal, trusted access to health care data through seamless interoperability. This historic effort is aimed at improving the quality of care delivery while working to lower costs for care providers, patients and the industry as a whole.

The Alliance intends to be a collaborative effort of suppliers who are focused on achieving data liquidity between systems, in compliance with patient authorizations. The Alliance will define, promote and certify a national infrastructure with common platforms and policies. It also will ensure that HIT products displaying the Alliance seal are certified to work on the national infrastructure.

“Today’s announcement represents an inflection point in health care, with key industry leaders coming together to support the delivery of a national health information exchange,” said John Hammergren, chairman and CEO, McKesson Corp. “The formation of this alliance takes health care a step closer to broad industry interoperability. A national and trusted health information exchange will break down the information silos in health care and should dramatically improve the quality and cost effectiveness of care delivery. Creating data liquidity between all HIT developers is fundamental to improving patient care, enhancing the vitality of the health care industry, and strengthening the long-term health of our nation.”

“We believe the industry needs to step up to the challenges of interoperability,” noted Neal Patterson, co-founder, chairman, CEO and president, Cerner. “If we can rise to the challenge as an industry, we have a chance to deliver a golden era of health care. It is a system where consumers not only have a right to their data, but also have the ability to mobilize it in the pursuit of better health. This alliance is about setting aside the admittedly tough politics of this issue to do what is right for the health care consumer. We at Cerner are proud to play a leadership role in this exciting effort.”

Elements of the Alliance’s national infrastructure will be tested in a local pilot within the next year. Early components will include the following core services:

  • Cross-entity patient linking and matching services: Help developers and providers link and match patients as they transition through care facilities, regardless of the underlying software system
  • Patient consent and data access management: Foster HIPAA-compliant and simple patient-centered management of data sharing consents and authorizations
  • Patient record locator and directed query services: Help providers deliver a history of recent patient care encounters, and, with appropriate authorization, patient data across multiple providers and episodes of care

“The formation of the CommonWell Health Alliance will be a significant step forward toward the electronic exchange of health information to support clinicians and patients,” said Janet Marchibroda, director of the Health Innovation Initiative at the Bipartisan Policy Center. “The founding members of the Alliance are focused on exactly the right foundational areas, and it’s terrific to see industry leaders stepping up to solve the problem of interoperability on behalf of providers and patients everywhere.”

“Allscripts’ vision has been to create a true Connected Community of Health. We believe open platforms are required to realize that vision and make the improvements our health care delivery system needs to dramatically improve outcomes while reducing cost,” said Paul Black, president and CEO, Allscripts. “This alliance provides a framework that will enable patient identification and record-sharing for providers across the nation. This is good for care providers, for patients and for the country. We are proud to be a founding member and to help lead this important effort.”

“Greenway has anticipated this evolution to a smarter health care system based on open collaboration and data flow,” said Tee Green, president and CEO, Greenway. “We’ve been telling caregivers the marketplace can provide it and sustain it, and they are right to expect it. Consumers are no different, and a patient-enabled approach to data access will foster a deeper and more efficient patient-provider relationship. Allowing data to flow more freely fits the needs of a mobile society just as providers are taking on more financial risk in coordinating care. We are committed to the Alliance goals and our ongoing participation as this initiative grows.”

“We’ve built athenahealth on the vision that health care needs an information backbone that facilitates and incents true health information exchange. However, the promise of the free flow of health information and the reality of it today are worlds apart,” said Jonathan Bush, CEO and chairman, athenahealth, Inc. “We support the CommonWell Health Alliance because we believe that being open matters, especially when it comes to patient care. CommonWell’s efforts to bring major developers together to pilot patient linking and matching across IT systems and care settings is an important step in the right direction. We look forward to helping lead these efforts as a founding member of the Alliance.”

Members of the Alliance are committed to collaborating with all HIT developers to realize the vision of integrated health care and encourage other HIT companies to join the CommonWell Health Alliance by visiting www.commonwellalliance.org. The founding members of the Alliance will be holding a press conference on March 4, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CT at the HIMSS 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. The event will also be livestreamed atwww.webcasts.com/March4PressEvent. Please visit www.commonwellalliance.org for additional details.

About CommonWell Health Alliance

CommonWell Health Alliance is anticipated to be an independent not-for-profit trade association of HIT companies that will work together to create universal access to patient health care data. The Alliance will be open to all health information technology developers that are committed to making patient’s data available to themselves and providers regardless of where care occurs. Alliance members will support the belief that provider access to this data must be built-in to health information technologies at a reasonable cost for use by a broad range of health care providers and the patients they serve.

The founding members of CommonWell Health Alliance invite all HIT suppliers to join us in working together to provide seamless, trusted access to health information, in support of better, more cost-effective care for our patients and communities.

To learn more about the CommonWell Health Alliance, please visit www.commonwellalliance.org.

About Cerner

Cerner Corp. (NASDAQ: CERN) is contributing to the systemic change of health and care delivery. For more than 30 years Cerner has been executing its vision to make health care safer and more efficient. We started with the foundation of digitizing paper processes and now offer the most comprehensive array of information software, professional services, medical device integration, remote hosting and employer health and wellness services. Cerner systems are used by everyone from individual consumers, to single-doctor practices, hospitals, employers and entire countries. Taking what we’ve learned over more than three decades, Cerner is building on the knowledge that is in the system to support evidence-based clinical decisions, prevent medical errors and empower patients in their care.

Cerner® solutions are licensed by approximately 10,000 facilities around the world, including more than 2,700 hospitals; 4,150 physician practices; 45,000 physicians; 550 ambulatory facilities, such as laboratories, ambulatory centers, behavioral health centers, cardiac facilities, radiology clinics and surgery centers; 800 home health facilities; 40 employer sites and 1,750 retail pharmacies.

About McKesson

McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK), currently ranked 14th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better. We partner with payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting. McKesson helps its customers improve their financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit us at www.mckesson.com.

About Allscripts
Allscripts (NASDAQ: MDRX) delivers the insights that healthcare providers require to generate world-class outcomes. The company’s Electronic Health Record, practice management and other clinical, revenue cycle, connectivity and information solutions create a Connected Community of Health™ for physicians, hospitals and post-acute organizations.  To learn more about Allscripts, please visit www.allscripts.comTwitterYouTube and It Takes A Community: The Allscripts Blog.

About athenahealth
athenahealth, Inc. is a leading provider of cloud-based Best in KLAS electronic health record (EHR), practice management, and care coordination services to medical groups and health systems. athenahealth’s mission is to be the most trusted service to medical care givers, helping them do well by doing the right thing. For more information, please visit www.athenahealth.com or call 888-652-8200.

About Greenway Medical Technologies

Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: GWAY) delivers innovative software and business service solutions for healthcare providers through its PrimeSUITE® platform. As a certified and fully integrated electronic health record, practice management and interoperability solution, Greenway PrimeSUITE helps improve care coordination, quality and cost-efficiency as part of a smarter, sustainable healthcare system. Thousands of care providers across primary care and more than 30 specialties and sub-specialties use cloud-based or on-premise Greenway® solutions in healthcare enterprises, physician practices and clinics nationwide. www.greenwaymedical.com

About RelayHealth

RelayHealth, McKesson’s connectivity business, enables the trusted exchange of clinical, financial and administrative information between patients, providers, payers, pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufacturers and government agencies. RelayHealth processes nearly 16 billion healthcare transactions annually by integrating the delivery of high-quality care and improving the financial outcomes for its customers. For more information, call 888.743.8735, or visit our Web site atwww.RelayHealth.com. Follow us on Twitter (@RelayHealth) or visit the RelayHealth Facebook page.

March 4, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Providers Say Agfa Healthcare Has Room for Improvement as an Imaging Partner

OREM, Utah – Wednesday, February 20, 2013 – Agfa HealthCare’s stated core belief is centered around helping imaging providers succeed, yet a majority of  U.S. clients interviewed by KLAS report gaps in reaching desired results when using Agfa as a vendor. The reasons and other details can be found in the new KLAS vendor-specific report Agfa HealthCare Study 2013: Partnering with Agfa in 2013.

Throughout 2012, KLAS published a series of reports focused on imaging solutions. These reports, as well as discussions with providers, revealed that Agfa was losing client loyalty in some areas due to weak customer relations. In order to further understand this situation, KLAS launched a performance study to specifically evaluate Agfa. With the exception of x-ray equipment and speech recognition systems, Agfa receives second-tier scores across their suite of imaging solutions. However, as provider concerns grow around Agfa as a partner, there is a clear opportunity for Agfa-and other imaging vendors-to improve in helping their clients succeed.

Even with the challenges Agfa faces, they are showing early signs of success and leadership in several aspects of enterprise imaging. One of Agfa’s strengths is scaling IMPAX PACS in large, complex provider organizations. Scalability is an attribute that is important to some providers.

“This report is aimed not just at measuring how well Agfa is currently delivering synergistic solutions to their clients,” says Matt Terry, research director at KLAS and report author, “but its purpose is to also look into user perceptions and provider confidence in moving forward with Agfa.”

Other imaging vendors mentioned in this report include Merge Healthcare, McKesson, FUJIFILM, GE Healthcare, Philips, Carestream, and Siemens. To learn more about this vendor-specific report, the strategic imaging partners in the study, and the related reports published in 2012, providers and vendors can check out the full report, Agfa HealthCare Study 2013: Partnering with Agfa in 2013. This is a vendor-specific report and is available to healthcare providers at a significant discount. To purchase, visit www.KLASresearch.com/KLASreports.

About KLAS
KLAS is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to be heard and to be counted. Working with thousands of healthcare executives and clinicians, KLAS gathers data on software, services, medical equipment, and infrastructure systems to deliver timely reports, trends, and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. KLAS was founded in 1996, and KLAS’ staff and advisory board members average 25 years of healthcare information technology experience. For more information, go to www.KLASresearch.com, email marketing@KLASresearch.com, or call 1-800-920-4109 to speak with a KLAS representative. Follow KLAS on Twitter @KLASresearch.

February 18, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

As ICD-10 Takes Main Stage, Consulting Strategies Play Leading Role

Questions about technology readiness abound while preparation for ICD-10 complexity continues to grow

Orem, Utah – February 12, 2013 – While preparation for ICD-10 intensifies, questions surrounding EMR vendor readiness and ICD-10-related technologies are surfacing. In the KLAS report, ICD-10 Perception 2012: Can Technology Relieve Readiness Issues?, the second report of a two-part series, KLAS discusses how leading providers around the country are utilizing third-party consulting firms to help them overcome these and other key ICD-10 challenges, including staff readiness, training, and technology.

The report reveals that providers rated EMR vendors Cerner, Epic, and Siemens highest in their ICD-10 preparedness, whereas Allscripts and MEDITECH rate lowest. Among the technologies providers are utilizing for the ICD-10 transition is computer-assisted coding, which the majority of the market is looking to 3M for. This report, which will be further discussed in an upcoming live webinar hosted by KLAS, explores 3M, The Advisory Board, Allscripts, Cerner, CPSI, Deloitte, Epic, HMS, McKesson, MEDITECH, Nuance, OptumInsight, Precyse, PwC, QuadraMed, and Siemens.

Part one of this series, the KLAS report entitled ICD-10 Consulting: Roadmap to a Successful Transition, was released December 3, 2012.This report discusses how providers expect to use consulting firms in their future preparation and ICD-10 transition plans. KLAS found that the vast majority (84 percent) of providers had engaged a consulting firm for ICD-10 roadmap/gap analysis. The Advisory Board tops the ranking in this category with high praise for quality roadmaps and best-practice sharing, though findings are showing that Deloitte has the largest and most complex engagements of any firm. Training was the second most frequent type of engagement, with the Precyse University offering standing out. The report also included 3M, The Advisory Board, Aspen Advisor, Cerner, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, maxIT, Precyse, PwC, and Siemens.
To learn more about these two ICD-10 reports and for more information about the February webinar, please visit www.KLASresearch.com/KLASreports. Additional ICD-10 resources in 2013 include a computer-assisted coding study and a clinical documentation improvement study, which are available to provider members.

About KLASKLAS is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to be heard and to be counted. Working with thousands of healthcare executives and clinicians, KLAS gathers data on software, services, medical equipment, and infrastructure systems to deliver timely reports, trends, and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. KLAS was founded in 1996, and their staff and advisory board members average 25 years of healthcare information technology experience. For more information, go to www.KLASresearch.com, email marketing@KLASresearch.com, or call 1-800-920-4109 to speak with a KLAS representative. Follow KLAS on Twitter @KLASresearch.

February 14, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Kansas Regional Extension Center selects McKesson Practice Partner EHR for final list of EMR vendors.

March 2, 2010 - The Kansas Regional Extension Center announced Wednesday the final list of certified Meaningful Use vendors of electronic health records. McKesson, a Fortune 14 company and developer of Practice Partner EHR, was selected as one of the top vendors.Professional Data Services (PDS), McKesson’s largest value-added-reseller and six time recipient of McKesson’s Top Value-Added Reseller of the Year award, is the implementation vendor of choice for McKesson throughout the Midwest and other regions of the country.

Based in Hutchinson, KS, PDS is known for PDS Cortex, an award-winning medical practice management software, as well as their outstanding implementation and customer service. PDS was founded in 1973 and has been serving the medical community for over 38 years.

McKesson Practice Partner EHR features Bright Note Technology, which enables physicians to use their preferred method of charting to capture data in a single note and then synchronize that across the entire patient chart.

McKesson has been selected as a certified EHR vendor in over eighteen regions, and is currently awaiting the final vendor list announcement for another 28 regions.

The purpose of the RECs is to furnish aid by means of education, outreach and technical assistance to assist primary care providers in their geographic service areas to select meaningfully use certified EHR technology to improve the quality and value of healthcare.

The Kansas REC selected eight EHR vendors and categorized them into two tiers.

  • Tier 1: Cerner; eClinicalWorks; e-MDs; McKesson; Pulse; SuccessEHR
  • Tier 2: NextGen; Sage

Tier 1 vendors meet all terms, conditions and protections defined by the Kansas REC. Tier 2 vendors meet only some of the terms, conditions and protections.

Two vendors, Cerner and Pulse did not meet the KS REC requirements for the original EMR vendor list but negotiated with the Kansas REC to be put back on the list.

“We are very excited with the recent announcement from the Kansas REC,” stated Race Proffitt, Director of Marketing & Sales at PDS. “Physicians have a number of choices in the EMR market today. We know there is a land rush mentality in the decision process of EMR. However, since doctors and staff will be working with these systems on a day-to-day basis for several years, they need to take into consideration what training, support and practical application the solution provides.”

PDS recently announced a limited-time Interest Free Financing Program which is designed to help independent physician practices implement electronic health records (EHR) and practice management systems into their medical practices. Physicians can bundle software, implementation and training and have the cost spread over a full year with no zero interest.

About McKesson

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 14th on the FORTUNE 500, is a health care services and information technology company dedicated to helping its customers deliver high-quality health care by reducing costs, streamlining processes, and improving the quality and safety of patient care. Over the course of its 177-year history, McKesson has grown by providing pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management across the spectrum of care; health care information technology for hospitals, physicians, homecare and payors; hospital and retail pharmacy automation; and services for manufacturers and payors designed to improve outcomes for patients.

About PDS

PDS provides over 38 years of experience with medical practice management and electronic health record solutions for practices at all levels. PDS Cortex, a multi-component medical office management program, gives greater efficiencies in managing patient information, insurance, collections, coding and more. Combining PDS Cortex with McKesson’s Practice Partner (EHR) equips practices with a robust, seamless system that covers everything from the care of patients to the business of cash flow.

 

March 7, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

eCLINICALWORKS ACHIEVES INTEGRATION WITH MORE THAN 1,000 HOSPITALS

Award-winning Vendor Connects its Ambulatory Unified EMR/PM System to Hospital

In-Patient Systems for Improved Care Coordination

ORLANDO, HIMSS Conference, Booth #2311—February 21, 2011—eClinicalWorks®, a market leader in ambulatory clinical systems, today announced that the company has completed interfaces with more than 1,000 hospitals. These include bi-directional interfaces for labs, radiology and discharge summaries for hospitals using Meditech, Cerner, Siemens, Eclipsys, McKesson and others. This integration allows patient care information, including discharge summaries and medication lists, to be shared between the hospitals and their regular physician, promoting improved coordination of care.

“Our members are affiliated with a nationally recognized hospital, known for its technology leadership,” said David Katz, Director of the Ambulatory Technology Group at El Camino Hospital. “El Camino and IPECH were looking for a way to clinically connect community physicians, with each other and with our Allscripts in-patient system. Our physician advisory council selected eClinicalWorks for the solution’s intuitive nature and workflow, and its commitment to interoperability.”

“Our goal in establishing a community health record is to increase the quality of care and patient safety while lowering costs,” said Mitch Kwartler, Director of Information Systems of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System. “We chose eClinicalWorks in part because of the intuitive nature of the product and its inherent connectivity supporting our clinical integration strategy. The level of integration between our eClinicalWorks ambulatory system and the Cerner in-patient system will allow all physicians treating a patient to be able to view and update the community EHR, taking the burden off of the patient in keeping all providers up-to-date on treatments received and medications, thus improving overall patient care.”

“MACIPA’s hallmark is our emphasis on innovation and we are continually working to improve our clinical and information systems to provide better patient care,” said Dr. Barbara Spivak, president of Mount Auburn Cambridge Independent Practice Association, Inc. “eClinicalWorks’ electronic health record is a very versatile product which allows us to interface with other systems, e.g. Meditech and Quest labs. By creating interfaces with eClinicalWorks, we are able to expand and enhance the electronic health record for our physicians, putting more of the information that is vital to the care they provide their patients in one place, on their desktops. We are also working on a community record, again with eClinicalWorks, and its eEHX product. Our physicians are eagerly awaiting our launching eEHX because it will improve communication with each other and broaden their understanding of our patients’ needs. eClinicalWorks is a cornerstone of our innovative work to improve the quality of patient care.”

“Norman Regional Health System has long seen the value in connecting its providers via a community health record,” said Dr. Brian Yeaman, CMIO for Norman Regional Health System. “Part of the reason we selected eClinicalWorks was its commitment to ensuring its solutions work well with our current systems, including interfacing with Meditech. We have proven interoperability not only between eClinicalWorks and our inpatient unit, but have also utilized eEHX to connect to another HIE. This allows us to exchange clinical data over a regional network combining data from virtually every major inpatient and EHR vendor in the state of Oklahoma. Using eClinicalWorks aided us in achieving many milestones, including having one of our providers be the first to receive a check for demonstrating meaningful use.”

eClinicalWorks is a fully unified solution for practices, enterprise groups, hospitals both employed and affiliated, and academic health centers of all sizes and most specialties, linking all features via a single database. It emphasizes preventative care through features including clinical decision support, order sets and registry reporting. Connecting the eClinicalWorks system with the in-patient system of their affiliated hospital further automates physicians in an effort to foster better, more efficient care in both the in-patient and ambulatory settings.

“As has been demonstrated in other industries, technology silos don’t work and that is especially true in healthcare,” said Girish Kumar Navani, CEO and co-founder of eClinicalWorks. “Since the beginning, we have built our product using industry standards that promote interoperability, making it easier for our customers to gain the most advantages out of their systems. We have had great success in working with Meditech systems, along with many others.”

About eClinicalWorks

eClinicalWorks® is a privately held leader in the ambulatory clinical systems market.  The company’s unified electronic medical record (EMR) and practice management (PM) solutions are proven for every market segment: large practice groups, including Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), Electronic Health Records of Rhode Island (EHRRI) and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, as well as medium, small and solo practices regardless of specialty.  The company enjoys high profitability with a five-year compounded growth rate of more than 100 percent year-to-year.  With an established customer base of more than 50,000 providers and 225,000 healthcare professionals across all 50 states, eClinicalWorks has been awarded multiple top industry honors including being named to the Inc. 5000 in 2009, 2008 and 2007.  Based in Westborough, Mass., eClinicalWorks has additional offices in New York City, Pleasanton, Calif. and Alpharetta, Ga.  More information on eClinicalWorks can be found at www.eclinicalworks.com or by calling 866-888-6929.

February 22, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

McKesson Practice Partner Receives ONC-ATCB EHR Certification

December 8, 2010 – McKesson Corporation announced that Practice Partner 9.5 is now 2011/2012 compliant and is certified as a complete electronic health record (EHR) by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ATCB,McKesson Practice Partner EHR in accordance with the applicable certification criteria for eligible providers adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.* Certification was granted on December 6, 2010.

David Henriksen, Senior Vice President/General Manager of McKesson, stated that “Achieving ONC-ATCB certification as a complete EHR reflects our commitment to support our customers’ goals to achieve meaningful use and continues a long history of certification for this product.”

Professional Data Services (PDS), McKesson’s Clinical Value-Added-Reseller of the Year for the 5th straight year, has been supporting the medical community for over 38 years and continues to lead the industry in installation and support of Practice Partner EHR.

Gary Hobbs, President of PDS indicated that “PDS continues to assist physicians and medical practices across the country as they invest in Practice Partner as their EHR solution. Physicians understand that they need a best-of-breed EHR system that will help them to attain Meaningful Use. But more importantly, is a solution that doctors can feel comfortable using on a daily basis and confident in receiving support now and years down the road.”

PDS will be working with McKesson to help coordinate specialized training via webinars for customers seeking guidance in achieving full EHR adoption and the meaningful use objectives.

Updates on Meaningful Use, Practice Partner 9.5 and other stimulus related topics can be found on PDS’ Stimulus page at:http://www.pdscortex.com/stimulus.

About Practice Partner’s ONC-ATCB Certification

McKesson’s Practice Partner 9.5 is now 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as a Complete EHR on December 6, 2010, by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria for eligible providers adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The certification number is CC-1112-589589-1. ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification conferred by CCHIT does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.  The 2011/2012 criteria support the Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The clinical quality measures to which Practice Partner Version 9.5 has been certified include: NQF 0421, NQF 0013, NQF 0028, NQF 0041, NQF 0024, NQF 0038, NQF 0059, NQF 0064, and NQF 0061.

The additional software that Practice Partner relied upon to demonstrate compliance includes: Windows Server® 2008 Server which includes BitLocker® and IPSec for 170.302(u) & 170.302(v); Surescripts Messenger™ Services for 170.304(b) & 170.302(b); Medi-Span® for 170.302(e) & 170.302(a); AMA’s CPT® codes for 170.302(d), 170.304(e) & 170.304(a); and RelayClinical™ Education for 170.302(m).

About McKesson

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 14th on the FORTUNE 500, is a health care services and information technology company dedicated to helping its customers deliver high-quality health care by reducing costs, streamlining processes, and improving the quality and safety of patient care. Over the course of its 177-year history, McKesson has grown by providing pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management across the spectrum of care; health care information technology for hospitals, physicians, homecare and payors; hospital and retail pharmacy automation; and services for manufacturers and payors designed to improve outcomes for patients.

About PDS

PDS provides over 38 years of experience with medical practice management and electronic health record solutions for practices at all levels. PDS Cortex, a multi-component medical office management program, gives greater efficiencies in managing patient information, insurance, collections, coding and more. Combining PDS Cortex with McKesson’s Practice Partner (EHR) equips practices with a robust, seamless system that covers everything from the care of patients to the business of cash flow.

December 17, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

PDS Cortex Wins McKesson Value-Added-Reseller of the Year Award – 5th Straight Yearp

Professional Data Services, a McKesson Clinical Value Added Reseller, wins the McKesson’s Practice Partner Electronic Health Records VAR of the Year Award for 2010.

December 8, 2010 – Hutchinson, KS – Professional Data Services, Inc. (PDS) a leading medical practice management software company and award winning reseller of McKesson Practice Partner electronic health records (EHR), was awarded ‘Practice Partner Value-Added-Reseller of the Year’ for the fifth straight year.

McKesson Corporation (MCK), a Fortune 14 company and the world’s largest healthcare company, announced the award at their annual reseller summit in Atlanta, Georgia.

McKesson GM David Henricksen and McKesson VP Pat Blake presented the award onstage to Gary Hobbs, President of PDS.

Vendors from across the country were in attendance to see and hear updates on McKesson software, and to hear the status of the US Government’s stimulus program where physicians will receive up to $44,000 for implementing and using Electronic Health Records.

Gary Hobbs, President of PDS said that “Winning this award for the fifth straight year is a testament to our staff’s commitment to quality EHR transitions and exhibits the level of knowledge and expertise of our employees.” Mr. Hobbs also points out that, “Moving to electronic medical records is a paradigm shift for most physicians and they want to make sure that their needs are met before, during, and most importantly after they transition to EMR.”

Race Proffitt, Director of Marketing & Sales at PDS, attended the summit and stated that

“Physicians understand that the stimulus clock is ticking, but they do not want to make an impulsive purchase on an EHR system they will probably be using for 5, 10, possibly 20 years. Additionally, they want to make sure their vendor is going to be around for that length time as well. Purchasing an EHR software solution is not just a sale, it’s building a relationship for years to come.”

PDS was also recognized at the McKesson VAR Summit for its extensive service history with McKesson. PDS received a plaque expressing PDS’ commitment to McKesson for over 10 years of service.

PDS recently celebrated its 38th year of serving the medical community.

In addition to McKesson Practice Partner EHR, PDS offers other key solutions. Those solutions are PDS Cortex, a leading medical practice management system; Relay Health, an online Health Information Exchange; and Patient Portal, patient ability to access online patient information.

About McKesson

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 14th on the FORTUNE 500, is a health care services and information technology company dedicated to helping its customers deliver high-quality health care by reducing costs, streamlining processes, and improving the quality and safety of patient care. Over the course of its 177-year history, McKesson has grown by providing pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management across the spectrum of care; health care information technology for hospitals, physicians, homecare and payors; hospital and retail pharmacy automation; and services for manufacturers and payors designed to improve outcomes for patients.

About PDS

PDS provides over 38 years of experience with medical practice management and electronic health record solutions for practices at all levels. PDS Cortex, a multi-component medical office management program, gives greater efficiencies in managing patient information, insurance, collections, coding and more. Combining PDS Cortex with McKesson’s Practice Partner (EHR) equips practices with a robust, seamless system that covers everything from the care of patients to the business of cash flow.

Professional Data Services, Inc.
1632 E. 23rd Avenue
Hutchinson, KS 67502

Toll Free: 800.283.7543
www.pdscortex.com

December 13, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.