Ambulatory EMR replacements are up 30-50% this year, especially in larger practices, according to a KLAS report on the ambulatory EMR market. Other highlights:
- Most small practices are first-time EMR purchasers while larger practices are looking to consolidate disparate systems by replacing their EMR vendors.
- athenahealth, eClinicalWorks, e-MDs, Epic, and Greenway are gaining mindshare while Allscripts, GE, NextGen, McKesson, and Vitera are “juggling resources.”
- The most replaced vendors are Allscripts, GE, and McKesson, primarily because of support concerns or lagging product development.
- Vendors winning most with second-time buyers are eClinicalWorks, Epic, and Greenway.
ANSI announces the first accredited certification bodies for the ONC’s Permanent Certification Program for HIT. The accredited organizations include CCHIT, Drummond Group, ICSA Laboratories, InfoGard Laboratories, and Orion Register.
The Arizona State Physicians Association, the Huron Valley Physicians Association (MI), The IPA of Nassau/Suffolk Counties (NY), and Boca Raton Regional Hospital (FL) are some of the new health systems and IPAs aligning with Greenway Medical for its PrimeSUITE EHR/PM solution.
An AT&T-sponsored physician practice technology survey finds that 37% of practices have fully implemented an EHR. Expense continues to be the top reason practices say they’ve not done so.
Health Management Associates partners with athenahealth to implement athenahealth’s solutions for HMA’s 1,200 employed providers. athenahealth will also offer services to the 10,000 independent physicians affiliated with HMA hospitals. athenahealth, by the way, announces its Q2 earnings Thursday and analysts are predicting a 14.3% increase in net income compared to a year ago.
NCQA extends a “Distinction” designation to 60 PCMH primary care practices that collected and reported patient feedback using the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems PCMH Survey.
SAIC will pay $473 million to purchase maxIT Healthcare, a HIT service company that provides management consulting for eClinicalWorks, Allscripts, NextGen, and other ambulatory and inpatient products. maxHealthIT will be combined with SAIC’s Vitalize Consulting Solutions team.
Recruiting firm Merritt Hawkins predicts that 75% of the nation’s physicians will be employed by hospitals by 2014.
CMS sends the final regulations for Stage 2 of the MU program to the White House Office of Management and Budget, indicating the rule is nearing publication.
TriZetto Group subsidiary Gateway EDI acquires ClaimLogic, a medical claims and payment processing company that serves large practices and the hospital market.
The CDC finds that 55% of US doctors use some type of EHR, with 85% of them reporting being either somewhat or very satisfied with its day-to-day operations. About three-fourths of the physicians who have adopted EHRs say their system meets Meaningful Use requirements.
ADP AdvancedMD deploys its 2012 Summer release, which includes an iPad app, new ICD-10 tools, and workflow improvements for pediatrics.