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The Retina Group of Washington (DC) selects the SRS hybrid EMR for its 20 specialists.

pat hampson

MED3OOO founder Pat Hampson is profiled in Smart Business. He advocates a culture based on strong relationships to foster growth. He suggests that employers value and recognize the contributions of each individual, nurture two-way employee communication, and empower employees. His approach seems to have worked since he started out 15 years ago: the company employs 1,760 and earned $137 million in revenue last year.


Practice Fusion and Kareo launch an integrated EHR/PM solution that includes Practice Fusion’s web-based EHR and Kareo’s medical billing software. Both companies will market the products.

Medical billing and A/R management company Medigistics selects CPU’s MED/FM Medical Billing and Practice Management software. The company provides services for over 300 physicians and CRNAs.

Over 40% of private practice physicians are connected to hospital systems, according to a new Beacon Partners study. The most common connection is via a patient/physician portal (35%), followed by a  results reporting interface (20%). Half the hospitals and practices surveyed have had to cut back on IT investments due to the economic climate and reduced access to credit markets.

The Ohio General Assembly passes legislation to establish 44 existing primary care practices as training centers for patient-centered medical homes. They will be reimbursed up to 75% of  their costs for HIT products, including EHRs, HIEs, e-prescribing, and decision support tools.

allscripts professional

CHHIT extends full 2011 certification to Allscripts Professional EHR 9.1 and Medicat 2011 10.0. That’s a total of 19 products, if you are counting.

I haven’t mentioned any stats on HIStalk Practice in awhile, but traffic and subscribers continue to grow steadily. May readership increased 11% over last year and our subscriber base has jumped 28% since the beginning of the year. Confirmed e-mail subscriber count is now 774. Thanks to everyone who takes the time to read and sharing the site with your friends. And of course, a big thanks to our sponsors for their great support!

US Oncology announces its new iKnowMed platform for community oncologists. In 2004, US Oncology purchased iKnowMed and its oncology-specific EHR and has since added a revenue cycle management inventory management component.

hitech revisited

In what appears to be a fairly comprehensive review of the HITECH Act’s implementation status, Manatt Health Solutions concludes that many eligible health providers will have difficulty achieving proposed Meaningful Use criteria. This is especially true for small and rural practices and certain community health centers. As a result, EHR adoption rates will be less than anticipated. The report is also critical of the HITECH’s approach to interoperability, saying it is unlikely to yield quality improvements and cost efficiency gains. Other key points:

  • There need for stronger policies that would encourage practices to follow evidence-based treatment guidelines for improving patient health outcomes.
  • All currently excluded health care providers need to be included in the program to enable true coordination of care across all care settings.
  • Regional Extension Centers may face sustainability and operational challenges; alternative approaches should be developed to ensure ongoing EHR adoption and implementation support.



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  • That Allscripts stick figure cracks me up every time. Why was the “future of healthcare” designed on an Commodore 64?

  • Please don’t say that emr vendor a and pm vendor b will offer an “integrated solution.” The emr/pm vendors throw the word integrated around way too much. There are very few truly single database integrated emr/pm solutions in the market. Practice Fusion / Kareo – interfaced, Allscripts – interfaced, GE – interfaced, Sage – interfaced.

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