Information Week reports on Greenway Medical this week and their expansion efforts as an ambulatory EMR to connect with both Epic and Cerner Medical Records which are used in hospitals.  Greenway is also on the move with their recent agreement with Walgreens with being the in house ambulatory medical records program used in their Take Care Clinics across the US with 200 installations and a total of 8000 when completely rolled out.

What’s becoming very noticeable in the EMR world today is the market share vendors who are offering multiple integration platforms using standards in the industry are gaining.  I would have to say that Greenway is definitely one of those vendors.  imageAs time moves forward, everyone is looking for the secure exchange of patient records and Greenway already has the standard CCR availability for personal health records in place as do many others but has graduated to the IHE Cross Enterprise Document sharing standard (XDS.b) via the web.

Using IHE standards will make the certification process much easier and Cerner has already certified Greenway as their first  ambulatory care vendor as part of their network.  If a hospital is using Cerner for their medical records system, then it would seem to be a natural fit for Greenway to be a system of choice for doctors to connect to a hospital system where Cerner is used.

“Greenway Medical Technologies, one of the oldest independent electronic health record (EHR) vendors in the United States, has recently placed its chips on promoting what it calls “standards-based interoperability.” In doing so, the ambulatory care EHR vendor has joined the leading edge of a movement to break down barriers between disparate systems and reduce the need for expensive interfaces.

Greenway has already gone beyond CCD interchanges, employing standards created by the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) industry workgroup. For example, Greenway and Epic have both adopted IHE’s Cross Enterprise Document Sharing (XDS.b), a Web services profile that facilitates the sharing of clinical documents between unrelated organizations”.

At the HIMSS Conference this year we had a chance to sit down and talk with Greenway and dis cuss their efforts with the Accountable Care Efforts and his trip to Cuba to learn more about their models which has a heavy focus on preventive medicine.