CCHIT extends 2011 Ambulatory EHR certification to a couple of new products, the first additions since January. CureMD EHR Version 10 is now fully certified. while NeoMed EHR 3.0 receives pre-market certification.
The Alaska EHR Alliance selects e-MDs and Greenway Medical as the “best choices” for the state’s healthcare providers. ACS Healthcare Solutions was the managing consultant for the selection process, which lasted eight months and started from a pool of over 250 EHR vendors.
Olympic Medical Center (WA) plans to take two clinics live on GE Centricity EMR this week.
Sevocity EHR says that none of the 200 providers who have implemented Sevocity over the last year have asked to take advantage of the company’s implementation guarantee program. The program allows providers to cancel their EHR contract within 60 days of implementation and receive 100% of their money back. Wisely, Sevocity requires providers to document at least 100 patient visits during those 60 days before requesting a cancellation. If a physician documents that many visits, he/she is likely to have gotten over the initial frustrations common with any new EHR.
MGMA adds Navicure to its AdminiServe Partner Network. As a network partner, Navicure will extend MGMA members special terms and discounts for its clearinghouse solution.
National Billing will serve as a certified consultant for practices transitioning to Practice Fusion’s EHR program.
The American College of Physicians speaks out in favor of EHRs, saying they are critical for effective reporting on quality measurements.
athenahealth signs a business process services agreement with IBM to provide voice, data, and administrative support for athenahealth’s RCM services.
An Indianapolis geriatric clinic cuts its “missed specialist referral” rate 20% after implementing a system that generates automated reminders to primary-care physicians if specialist scheduling doesn’t occur in a timely manner. Researchers estimate that 50% of patients fail to receive the specialist treatment recommended by their primary care providers.
Coastal Orthpaedic Associates (SC) selects SRS EMR for its 14 providers.
A group of Massachusetts General Hospital dermatologists determines that online visits are as effective as in-office visits for acne patients. Patients participating in the online study sent their providers digital photos of their skin and answered online questions on their condition. Physicians spent about the same time per patient evaluating online patients as they did in-office patients. Patients, however, spent much less time using online alternative.
Salesforce.com will provide an EMR for this week’s free healthcare clinic at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Volunteers will enter patient records into 35 laptops and e-mail them to healthcare providers for follow-up care. Over 6,300 people received care at last year’s event.
The Raleigh, NC paper says Allscripts plans to hire about 500 people in the coming year, including about 250 in Raleigh.
The American Academy of Pediatrics names Christoph Lehmann, MD director of of its new Child Health Informatics Center. He is tasked with the development and implementation of medical informatics programs to help pediatricians and pediatric hospitals adopt EMRs and other healthcare technology.
The AMA launches an online resource to help physicians recoup money from UnitedHealth Group following the insurance carrier’s legal settlement for price-fixing allegations. AMA’s online program will help physicians determine eligibility for reimbursement and will facilitate claims filing. The settlement made more than $350 million available to compensate physicians and patients.
A pediatrician blogger offers seven reasons why medical practices have yet to adopt EMRs. The noted items include a couple we have heard many times before: price and usability. However, he also points out that the lack of dominant players and too many product choices makes the selection process confusing. Doctors also realize that because of the size of the investment, they are locked in with their choice for a while once they settle on a solution. Finally, interoperability is mentioned as a concern. I’d also throw in the reason (excuse?) that many physicians are hoping that someone else will step forward with a checkbook to pay for the project (the hospital, perhaps). Any others?