Meaningful Use Part 2, To Portal or Not to Portal And Alternatives

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Medscape today carried a quite an depth look at what’s ahead for Meaningful Use part 2 and lays out some of the areas to where confusion and and stumbling blocks stand to occur.  The article begins with speaking with a doctor who is currently using eClinical Works EMR and how he is already using a patient portal. Continue reading: Meaningful Use Part 2, To Portal or Not to Portal And Alternatives

National Football League (NFL) Selects eClinicalWorks EHR Medical Records For Digital Records for Players

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Head trauma in the NFL has been a topic of conversation of late with players and in addition to safety with playing the game, and now it can be tracked with the use of electronic medical records.  Over the last few years the news has been full of stories from players from years past with concussions and other ailments that were attributed to the years they spent as a player with the NFL.  Continue reading: National Football League (NFL) Selects eClinicalWorks EHR Medical Records For Digital Records for Players

Allscripts MyWay™ Electronic Health Record Receives ONC-ATCB Certification by Drummond Group

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CHICAGO, Dec. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Allscripts MyWay EHR version 9.0 has received Complete EHR Ambulatory certification — deeming the Electronic Health Record (EHR) software capable of enabling providers to meet the Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Tested and certified under the Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) program, the EHR software is 2011/2012 compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.  

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“The certification of our MyWay EHR provides physicians in independent practice and small groups an electronic health record that is simple, easy to use and that works the way their practice works, while positioning them to qualify for federal incentives under ARRA,” said Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. “Allscripts is committed to providing physicians and hospitals with the certified solutions they need to take full advantage of this important federal program, which we believe will ultimately lead to better health outcomes for all Americans.”

Drummond Group’s ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that EHRs meet the meaningful use criteria for either eligible provider or hospital technology. In turn, healthcare providers using the EHR systems of certified vendors are qualified to receive federal stimulus monies upon demonstrating meaningful use of the technology — a key component of the federal government’s push to improve clinical care delivery through the adoption and effective use of EHRs by U.S. healthcare providers.

Allscripts MyWay version 9.0, which met the requirements for a Complete EHR Ambulatory, is available as both a hosted SaaS (Software as a Service) and on-premise solution, and offers robust capabilities for electronic health as well as practice management and claims management. The solution is designed to help independent and smaller physician practices overcome cost and IT complexity barriers.

Allscripts Enterprise, Professional and PeakPractice EHRs, as well as Allscripts ED Emergency Department Information System, were all previously certified 2011/2012 compliant by Drummond Group or other ONC-ATCBs.  Allscripts Sunrise Enterprise acute care EHR is expected to receive ONC-ATCB certification before the end of the year.

“The need for EHRs in the U.S. healthcare system has been acknowledged for many years. Drummond Group is proud to work with leading healthcare vendors and help them offer certified technologies to health providers across the country. With more than 10 years of software testing experience carried out in several industries, we are confident in our ability to offer an effective and cost-efficient testing process to the healthcare industry,” says Rik Drummond, CEO of Drummond Group. “The snowball effect could mean great things for clinical care in our country. We can help IT vendors certify their EHR systems – vendors can then help providers implement the EHR solutions to achieve meaningful use and receive incentive funds – and ultimately providers can leverage the systems to improve clinical care across the nation.”

This Complete EHR is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by Drummond Group, an ONC-ATCB approved to certify any complete or modular EHR both ambulatory and inpatient, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments. Allscripts, 12/08/2010, MyWay EHR version 9.0, certification number 12082010-8725-1, Clinical Quality Measures Certified: NQF0002, NQF0013, NQF0024, NQF0028, NQF0031, NQF0038, NQF0041, NQF0043, NQF0421; additional software used: email and spreadsheet software.

About Allscripts

Allscripts (Nasdaq: MDRX) provides innovative solutions that empower all stakeholders across the healthcare continuum to deliver world-class outcomes. The company’s clinical, financial, connectivity and information solutions for hospitals, physicians and post-acute organizations are the essential technologies that enable a connected community of health. To learn more about Allscripts, please visit www.allscripts.com, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

About Drummond Group

Drummond Group, Inc., the trusted software test lab, provides effective and efficient electronic health record (EHR) testing to healthcare information technology vendors.  As an office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB), Drummond Group works closely with healthcare software vendors to certify EHRs for use by providers that are looking to qualify for incentive funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  Drummond Group is approved to certify both complete and module EHR for both ambulatory and inpatient. Leveraging more than a decade’s worth of interoperability, conformance testing and certification experience in multiple industries, Drummond Group delivers what’s needed in healthcare: highly reliable and readily affordable software testing services.  For more information, go to www.drummondgroup.com.

*Updated* MGMA Video Interviews @ EHRtv.com

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Dr. Fishman and the crew are back from MGMA AC10 with some insight on the EHR landscape.  Below is a partial list of the exclusive interviews. Continue reading: *Updated* MGMA Video Interviews @ EHRtv.com

Practice Fusion Announces 5 Million Patient Milestone at User Conference

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SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Practice Fusion, the fastest growing EMR community in the US, kicked off its first user conference last Friday with several major announcements from CEO Ryan Howard including milestones around the company’s growth.  Just three years after the free, web-based EMR’s launch, the company now serves 50,000 medical professionals and 5 million patients.  Practice Fusion’s growth has accelerated so that the company is now adding more than half a million patients to the system each month.

“We’re growing faster than ever,” said Ryan Howard, CEO of Practice Fusion, on stage at Practice Fusion Connect 2010.  “There is tremendous strength in our numbers. We now reach almost 2 percent of the US population, making us the third largest EMR community behind the VA and Kaiser.  We are creating a revolutionary transition in the delivery of care of in the US, one free EHR account at a time.”

In addition to the 5 million patient announcement, highlights from the user conference included:

  • Detailed discussion of Practice Fusion’s ONC-ATCB certification as an EHR Module, a first step toward ensuring users can apply for $44,000 in Meaningful Use incentives
  • Previews of upcoming iPad, iPhone and Android mobile availability for the EMR
  • Plans for using Practice Fusion’s API to connect at-home medical devices to the EMR
  • Information about the Microsoft Windows Azure MarketPlace partnership to offer a free set of de-identified health information to researchers
  • Announcements of new lab integrations and feature enhancements coming in 2011
  • Deep dive sessions covering practical tips for billing and practice management
  • One-on-one training sessions for users throughout the day
  • Photo and video booth where the community shared their perspective on the EMR

Practice Fusion Connect 2010 was held at Fort Mason in San Francisco on November 5.  The free user conference brought together doctors, nurses, practice managers and other medical professionals from across the country to share insight into Practice Fusion’s free EMR system.  Conference sponsors included Kareo, CollaborateMD, ReachMD, MD Secretary, Medical Billing, Digital Island and iMD.

Practice Fusion provides a free, web-based Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system to physicians.  With charting, scheduling, e-prescribing, billing, lab integrations, referral letters, unlimited support and a Personal Health Record for patients, Practice Fusion’s EMR addresses the complex needs of today’s healthcare providers and disrupts the health IT status quo.  Practice Fusion is the fastest growing EMR community in the country with more than 50,000 users.  For more information on Practice Fusion, please visit practicefusion.com.

This EHR Module is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ATCB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments. Practice Fusion was certified October 18, 2010, Certification ID number 10182010-9527-1, for Clinical Quality Measures: 170.302 (c), 170.302 (d) 170.302 (e), 170.302 (f)(1), 170.302 (f)(2), 170.302 (f)(3) 170.302 (o), 170.302 (p), 170.302 (q), 170.302 (r), 170.302 (s), 170.302 (t), 170.302 (u), 170.302 (v), 170.304 (b)

Medrium Awarded Electronic Health Record (EHR) Module Certification by Drummond Group

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MORRISTOWN, N.J., Nov. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — (http://www.myprgenie.com) — Medrium, Inc., (www.medrium.com), one of the nation’s top independent medical healthcare information technology companies, has received an EHR module certification deeming the electronic health record (EHR) software capable of enabling providers to meet the Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Medrium’s product is tested and certified under the Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) program and the EHR software is 2011/2012 compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

“This is an important milestone for Medrium. We are proud to announce that Medrium is awarded this EHR module certification status by Drummond Group. Medrium’s Complete Practice Management is a Web-based integrated solution with three primary components: Practice Management, Clinical Management, and Billing. Due to its Web-based infrastructure, Medrium is able to offer its fully integrated platform, for less than most standalone products,” says John Mortenson, President and CEO of Medrium.

“With this certification in hand, we can confidently partner with provider organizations in their quest to achieve meaningful use and qualify for incentive funds under ARRA. More importantly, we know that we are on the right path toward realizing all that is possible with EHRs — and, therefore, helping to move clinical care to new levels.”

Drummond Group’s ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that EHRs meet the meaningful use criteria for either eligible provider or hospital technology. In turn, healthcare providers using the EHR systems of certified vendors are qualified to receive federal stimulus money upon demonstrating meaningful use of the technology — a key component of the federal government’s push to improve clinical care delivery through the adoption and effective use of EHRs by U.S. healthcare providers.

Medrium, which met the requirements for EHR module certification, is one of the nation’s top independent medical healthcare information technology companies. The company offers a Complete Practice Management (CPM) and Physician Billing service. Medrium’s platform, which is built using true Web-based technologies, takes advantage of cloud computing and can offer its CPM services at a lower price while providing greater functionality. In addition, using the healthcare industry’s most dynamic infrastructure, Medrium’s open platform is accessible from any browser, on any computer, tablet, or smart phone.

“The need for EHRs in the United States healthcare system has been acknowledged for many years. Drummond Group is proud to work with leading healthcare vendors and help them offer certified technologies to health providers across the country. With more than ten years of software testing experience carried out in several industries, we are confident in our ability to offer an effective and cost-efficient testing process to the healthcare industry,” says Ric Drummond, CEO of the Drummond Group. “The snowball effect could mean great things for clinical care in our country. We can help IT vendors certify their EHR systems — vendors can then help providers implement the EHR solutions to achieve meaningful use and receive incentive funds — and ultimately providers can leverage the systems to improve clinical care across the nation.”

Medrium’s Complete Practice Management is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by Drummond Group, an ONC-ATCB approved to certify any complete or modular EHR both ambulatory and inpatient, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

About Medrium

Medrium, (www.medrium.com) one of the nation’s top independent healthcare information technology companies, offers through a single platform, its Complete Practice Management and Physician Billing solutions. Physician Billing is a full service revenue cycle management solution that offers the strength of a national company with a personalized, local focus. Medrium drives physician revenues to new levels by automating medical billing and optimizing payment for hospital based physicians and large medical groups. Medrium’s Complete Practice Management is SaaS based integrated solution with three primary components: Practice Management, Clinical Management, and Billing. Due to its Web-based infrastructure, Medrium is able to offer all three products, fully integrated, for less than most standalone products.

With corporate offices in Morristown, New Jersey, Medrium also maintains operations centers in Bakersfield, California and Newark, Delaware. For more information about Medrium, visit www.medrium.com.

About Drummond Group

Drummond Group Inc., the trusted software test lab, provides effective and efficient electronic health record (EHR) testing to healthcare information technology vendors. As an Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB), Drummond Group works closely with healthcare software vendors to certify EHRs for use by providers that are looking to qualify for incentive funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Drummond Group is approved to certify both complete and modular EHR for both ambulatory and inpatient. Leveraging more than a decade’s worth of interoperability, conformance testing and certification experience in multiple industries, Drummond Group delivers what’s needed in healthcare: highly reliable and readily affordable software testing services. For more information, go to www.drummondgroup.com.

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Ingenix’s V.P. Strategic Initiatives: Kim LaFontana and the Ingenix Expert Physician Advisory Board “Gets Docs to Meaningful Use Fast”

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EHR Scope had some time to catch up with Ingenix’s Kim LaFontana about the recent announcement of Ingenix’s independent physician advisory board.  The purpose of the board is to “design solutions that will meet real-world needs.” Kim was very thorough in describing the challenges and successes of the current electronic health records industry and Ingenix’s ONC-ATCB certified CareTracker EHR solution.


“Using technology in your office should not impede your cash flow, should not slow clinicians down and it should not prevent you from having information. It’s a radical change to your world and the workflow, but what our teams have been focusing on, as we have introduced CareTracker EHR— is how to do it in a way that actually works for the physician and makes them feel like they are delivering better, more efficient care”.  –Kim LaFontana

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Rcopia-MU from DrFirst® Receives ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Certification

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ROCKVILLE, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DrFirst announced today that Rcopia-MU, Version 3, is 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as an EHR Module on November 4, 2010, by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable eligible provider certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The 2011/2012 criteria support the Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

“Rcopia-MU was developed to meet an important need for doctors”

“Rcopia-MU was developed to meet an important need for doctors,” said G. Cameron Deemer, President of DrFirst. “We are proud to offer a certified, cost-effective and easy-to-implement application that will allow more physicians to integrate healthcare IT into their practices, saving them time and providing a very strong return on their investment.”

The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that Complete EHRs meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria and EHR Modules meet one or more – but not all – of the criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) for either eligible provider or hospital technology.

“CCHIT is pleased to be testing and certifying products so that companies are now able to offer these products to providers who wish to purchase and implement certified EHR technology and achieve meaningful use in time for the 2011-2012 incentives,” said Karen M. Bell, M.D., M.S.S., Chair, CCHIT.

2011/2012 certification conferred by CCHIT does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

Rcopia-MU, Version 3, certification number CC-1112-401680-1 meets the following certification criteria:

170.302o-w Security (all modules)

170.302a: DD and DA interactions

170.302b: Drug Formulary

170.302c: Problem List

170.302d: Active Med List

170.302e: Active Allergy list

170.302j: medication reconciliation

170.304b: E-prescribing.

About DrFirst

DrFirst has been a Surescripts Gold Solution Provider for three consecutive years with its award-winning, Rcopia electronic prescription management system. DrFirst is also one of only two vendors to receive CCHIT-eRx certification for 2011 and 2012. Founded in 2000, DrFirst creates innovative services targeted to physicians in both ambulatory and acute care environments. DrFirst solutions are widely integrated with over 130 practice management and electronic health records systems through its “Open Borders” program, and the company counts among its client base not only physician practices, but also major health plans, health systems, hospitals and EHR vendors. DrFirst partners with Surescripts for pharmacy connectivity, health plan information, and patient medication history. For more information, visit www.drfirst.com. For more DrFirst news, visit us at http://blog.drfirst.com/ or follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/drfirst. Learn more about Rcopia-MU with our video at: http://www.youtube.com/drfirst

About CCHIT

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the public mission of accelerating the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology. The Commission has been certifying electronic health record technology since 2006 and is approved by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB). More information on CCHIT, CCHIT Certified® products and ONC-ATCB certified electronic health record technology is available at http://cchit.org.

About ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification

The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that EHR technology is capable of meeting the 2011/2012 criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). The certifications include Complete EHRs, which meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria for either eligible provider or hospital technology and EHR Modules, which meet one or more – but not all – of the criteria. ONC-ATCB certification aligns with Health Information Technology: Initial Set of Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology published in the Federal Register in July 2010 and strictly adheres to the test procedures published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at the time of testing. ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification conferred by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

“CCHIT®” and “CCHIT Certified®” are registered trademarks of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.