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  1. Prime Clinical Systems joins the American College of Physicians’ EHR (electronic health record) Partners Program.
  2. Significant organizational changes must be made in order to successfully implement an EMR/EHR (electronic medical record/ electronic health record).
  3. Doctors Administrative Solutions partnered with iMedica Corporation.

Category: EHR Matters
Date: May 4, 2009
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Hello I’m Lindsay Pine and this is EHR Matters for Monday May 4th.

California based Prime Clinical Systems announced that it will be joining the growing ranks of EHR Providers taking part in the 2009 American College of Physicians' EHR Partners Program. There are already about 22 other CCHIT® Certified vendors participating in the program. The Partners Program has been designed to help individual and small practice physicians make decisions regarding EMR/EHR (electronic medical record/ electronic health record) implementation. Accessed on the ACP website, the program allows doctors to compare EMR/EHR (electronic medical record/ electronic health record) solutions based on a variety of parameters such as Ease of Use and Functionality of the EMR/EHR (electronic medical record/ electronic health record) software. Dr. Jeffrey P. Harris, President of the ACP said in a company press release, "The EPP is designed to help doctors and their practices research and compare various EHRs by providing information that would otherwise be difficult to obtain.”

The program is only available to ACP members. The American College of Physicians is made up of specialists in Internal Medicine and is the second-largest physicians group in the United States.

In other Healthcare IT news, a report just published in the Harvard Business Review finds EMRs/EHRs (electronic medical records/ electronic health records) can and will make a major difference in Healthcare in America. However, the report concludes that it will take more than just technology alone. The report cites an MIT study that has shown other industries took advantage of IT advances only after making significant organizational changes. The report suggests that healthcare must do the same if it expects to fulfill the promise of EMRs/EHRs (electronic medical records/ electronic health records), and refers to the example of Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania. After implementing an EMR/EHR (electronic medical record/ electronic health record) the organization gave nurses additional authority to respond to medical issues they saw cropping up in the patients’ records. The nurses were also given financial incentives to do so in certain areas such as diabetes care.

The Harvard Review concludes that potential gains from electronic health records (EHRs) are in danger of disappearing, if hospitals and medical practices do not follow Geisinger’s example.

Last week on EHR Matters we discussed the value of an Application Service Provider (ASP) to help smaller practices gain access to EMRs/EHRs (electronic medical records/ electronic health records). Today the Tampa Business Journal announced a partnership moving things in that direction. Doctors Administrative Solutions based in Tampa, has partnered with iMedica Corp, a Dallas based EMR/EHR (electronic medical record/ electronic health record) provider. Through the alliance DAS will offer iMedica’s Practice Management (PM) system and its EMR/EHR (electronic medical record/ electronic health record) solution as hosted services. According to the company this will allow physicians access to the products, without the need for additional IT resources or equipment upgrades.

I’m Lindsay Pine and this has been EHR Matters. Thanks for watching.

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