EZ DERM announces that its EHR iPad app now incorporates Nuance Communication’s medical speech technology for app interaction, navigation, and clinical documentation.
RCM provider MD On-Line acquires MD Technologies, a provider of RCM products and the Medtopia Manager PM system.
Practice Fusion forwarded me an email that reminds its customers that lab integration is available at no cost and that connections are currently available with 16 regional and national reference labs. Assuming it all works as advertised, free integration to that many reference labs is impressive.
The American Academy of Pediatrics updates its Child Health Informatics State Resource Map, which provides a snapshot of HIT activities in each state, including contact information for RECs. The AAP also offers an EMR Review Site where pediatricians can read reviews and provide comments related to the performance and features of specific EMRs. Both tools look quite handy and do not require a subscription to access; however, I could not find more than one or two reviews for each of the EMRs listed on the Review Site.
Paul Grundy, MD is one of four NCQA 2012 Health Quality Award honorees for his early championing of the patient-centered medical home model. Grundy is president of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative and global director of IBM Healthcare Transformation.
Waiting Room Solutions announces multiple new clients for its EMR solution including Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic (IA), Healthcare One (OK), Lynda J. Wright, MD (ME), and Orlando Executive Health (FL).
Holy Name Medical Center (NJ) names PriorityOne Consulting a preferred vendor to assess the IT infrastructure of its affiliated physicians’ offices and assist practices with the adoption of Aprima EMR.
Three Hoag Orthopedic Institute (CA) physicians will be the first to participate in a new automated bundled payment model for knee replacement surgery. The Bundled Payment Initiative, which pays a set, comprehensive fee for a given episode of care, is a collaboration with Aetna and the Integrated Healthcare Association.
The Wall Street Journal profiles Colorado’s Westminster’s Medical Clinic, a small practice struggling to make ends meet. After losing money in 2010, the three-doctor group joined a medical home project in hopes of improving its bottom line; in 2011 the practice profited just $29,261. The physicians sell dietary supplements to augment their income and are now considering charging patients a monthly fee to offset the costs of its online portal and on-line consults. Meanwhile, the physicians work demanding hours, leading one of the doctors to say the situation was “just too much” and that his life was “insane.” I’m sure he has thousands of peers who would concur.