AthenaHealth Buys Epocrates for $293 Million; Reference Tools To Be Incorporated With Athena Cloud EHR

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Epocrates has been around for a long time in healthcare and is most noted for their mobile formulary applications which is what launched their business years ago.  The company was one of the first with this type of application and also provided a look up web service for finding information on almost any drug which is free for doctors and consumers.  Continue reading: AthenaHealth Buys Epocrates for $293 Million; Reference Tools To Be Incorporated With Athena Cloud EHR

Practice Fusion Leads as the Top EHR Vendor With Satisfied Clients Using E-prescribing

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Emedeon and Dr. First were second and third in the survey.  As we all know it makes sense today to use a medical records system combined with e-prescribing.  The numbers look pretty good with stating 61% of all clinicians are using some degree of e-prescribing. Continue reading: Practice Fusion Leads as the Top EHR Vendor With Satisfied Clients Using E-prescribing

American Academy of Family Practice Physicians Rank Praxis the #1 EMR–Survey

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The Praxis EMR was voted the top medical records system in all categories with a survey from the AAFP.  Praxis is the “no template” medical records system that “learns” how you write in a software program.  Like any medical records system it has a small learning curve but once physicians have the “learning” portion of the software in place, the reduction in time and effort really begins to pay off.  The association looked at 31 different software systems.  Continue reading: American Academy of Family Practice Physicians Rank Praxis the #1 EMR–Survey

Cerner Buys EHR Certified Software Anasazi Ambulatory Behavioral Software Solutions

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Cerner Anasazi will allow healthcare providers access to information they may use in a productive manner while facilitating transitions in health care. The takeover is expected to close in November 2012.  Continue reading: Cerner Buys EHR Certified Software Anasazi Ambulatory Behavioral Software Solutions

CMS Revises e-Prescribing Rules With Adding Two More Hardship Categories

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Currently there are four in place and now two more have been added.  The deadline has been extended so doctors again could apply for the exemptions between November 1 and January 31st.  Continue reading: CMS Revises e-Prescribing Rules With Adding Two More Hardship Categories

Surescripts and e-prescribing for 2011

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The New Year brings even more responsibility to Surescripts e-prescription network.  For those who aren’t aware of the expanse of their operations, Surescripts is the nation’s largest e-prescription data routing network—connecting pharmacies, physicians and insurance payers.  Continue reading: Surescripts and e-prescribing for 2011

ONC Committee Work-groups and Tiger Team Want Your Input

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Most viewers of EHR Scope are physicians and medical office managers, many of whom are becoming educated about the necessity of EHR implementation, and may not be completely up to date with some of the technical progress of the National Health Information Network (NHIN) since HITECH.  While the meaningful use final rules are shaping elements of incentive qualifications and penalty enforcement; when all is said and done, HIT work roles and workflows will be significantly changed as well.  Defined roles and qualifications for those required to handle personal health information (PHI) will be formed by the security requirements embedded in the National Health Information Network.  While these issues are more technical in nature, perhaps there are some of you out there with the ability to contribute to the public discussion while the ONC is listening. Continue reading: ONC Committee Work-groups and Tiger Team Want Your Input

In the News: An Overview of Ingenix CareTracker EMR

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Ingenix is back in the news with recent CCHIT certification under ONC-ATCB meaningful use guidelines.  As more companies are certified and the EMR/ EHR market begins to settle; larger players like Ingenix stand with an advantage.  Over the next several months, we will be blogging about specific characteristics that make the most- recent versions of each record system competitive.  With this in mind, we thought we would take a more in-depth look at what Ingenix’s EMR software, CareTracker, offers its subscribers. Continue reading: In the News: An Overview of Ingenix CareTracker EMR

Ingenix CareTracker Receives Designation as a CCHIT Certified 2011 Ambulatory EHR

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Sept 30, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT(R)) has designated Ingenix CareTracker(TM) version 7 a CCHIT Certified(R) 2011 Ambulatory EHR. Continue reading: Ingenix CareTracker Receives Designation as a CCHIT Certified 2011 Ambulatory EHR

New National Drug Safety Program Implemented in Sweden

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Apoteket, Sweden’s largest pharmacy chain, and Medco Health Solutions, Inc. recently announced the development of Elektroniskt ExpeditionsStod (EES), one of the first national centralized drug utilization review (DUR) programs outside of the United States. This program is intended to improve prescription safety by reducing adverse drug events and thereby reducing the drug related hospitalizations. In Sweden, about 30 percent of emergency care visits and 10 percent of all hospital admissions are the result of preventable adverse drug related events.

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The E-prescribing Boom

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E-prescribing is one important component of EHRs. Retail pharmacies are realizing the potential for e-prescribing to increase their safety and productivity, such as Walgreens. The national pharmacy chain’s electronic prescriptions recently reached 4 million in October 2009, a 185-percent increase from the year prior.

It is projected that Walgreens will fill more than 45 million electronic prescriptions in 2009, compared with 15 million filled in 2008. The company expects growth to continue with help from financial incentives in the federal stimulus package, which encourages hospitals, doctors and others to adopt electronic health records, of which e-prescribing is a key component.

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