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July 31: EHR vendor selection news and health IT updates

Author Name Patrick Ouellette   |   Date July 31, 2012   |   Tagged
Florida Cardiovascular Association utilizes MedInformatix EHR: The Florida Cardiovascular Association, a private practice located in Titusville, Florida, utilizes the MedInformatix EMR solution to effectively manage its 1,600 monthly office contacts and ensure efficient billing services. The practice’s three board certified cardiologists provide a range of cardiovascular examinations and diagnoses for a nearby hospital and other referring physicians.
PACSGEAR adds eMix to open image exchange: PACSGEAR, a leading provider of imaging connectivity for EHR, today announced an agreement with eMix, a cloud-based virtualized electronic medical information exchange, to participate in the Open Image Exchange, a cloud-based network designed to securely share medical images and information. PACSGEAR will incorporate the application programming interface (API) from eMix to upload images and reports for cloud-based sharing and storage.
Alpha II announces contract with iMed software to provide E&M generation technology: Alpha II, a leader in healthcare coding, compliance and reimbursement, announced today that iMed Software has selected Alpha II’s CodeWizard software to ensure accurate coding and compliance. Alpha II’s technology has been integrated with iMedEMR to generate evaluation and management (E&M) codes to deliver a more decisive calculation based on history, exam and medical decision making information obtained from medical records.
Minnesota ranked #1 in the nation for e-prescribing by Surescripts:  Surescripts today announced that Minnesota achieved the highest rate of e-prescribing use in the nation during 2011 to capture the number 1 ranking in its 7th annual Safe-Rx Awards. The rankings are determined by an analysis of data that measures electronic prescribing use by physicians, pharmacies and payers in each state.
VA Western New York Healthcare system unveils EHR initiative to benefit veteran patients:  The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a new partnership to use health information exchange (HIE) technology, which will improve the quality of care and delivery of medical treatment to local Veterans, especially those returning from recent conflicts. Western New York is one of 13 communities in the United States selected by VA to participate in the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) Health Communities Program.
Verizon’s ICSA Labs among first accredited health IT testing labs: ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, is now accredited as a Health Information Technology (HIT) Testing Laboratory by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) Health Information Technology Laboratory Accreditation Program. ICSA Labs accreditation confirms it has the ability to meet or exceed technical requirements set by NVLAP management.
Impact Advisors recognized as the leader in HIE consulting market: Impact Advisors, LLC, a healthcare information technology consulting firm, was recognized as the leader in the health information exchange (HIE) consulting market in the most recent KLAS study “HIE Consulting: Leveraging Third-Part Expertise for HIE Success.” Impact Advisors was specifically identified as the only fully rated vendor providing HIE advisory and technical work.
CONNECT posts open source HIE software patch: The folks behind CONNECT, based on feedback from community members going through ONC onboarding, have made version 3.3.1 available. CONNECT essentially uses National Health Information Exchange (NwHIN) standards and protocols for secure health information exchange. ONC issued the latest full release, that being 3.3, on March 16 of this year, with improved performance, usability, and higher exchange volume features.
Park Nicollet First partners with My Plan by Medica ACO: Medica and Park Nicollet Health Services today announced Park Nicollet First with Medica, an accountable care organization (ACO) option for people who receive their insurance coverage from an employer that purchases Medica’s market-leading private health exchange, My Plan by Medica. Park Nicollet First with Medica is available starting with an effective coverage date of November 1, 2012.
OCHIN O-HITEC’s experience with Oregon medical providers and EHR adoption confirms GAO report: The GAO Report stated that partnering with a Regional Health Information Technology Extension Center like the Oregon Health Information Technology Center (O-HITEC), increases the provider’s likelihood to receive EHR Incentive Payments. Over the past two years, Oregon’s Health Information Technology Extension Center (O-HITEC) has been working with Oregon healthcare providers to overcome the challenges of adopting and implementing EHR.
iPatientCare announces iOS iPatientCare app launch: iPatientCare, Inc., a pioneer in mHealth and cloud based ambulatory EHR, integrated Practice Management and Patient Portal solutions announced its strategy for mHealth and iOS based products.  iPatientCare released its latest mHealth solution with its launch of the iOS product suite today.
Medsphere expands federal business as subcontractor to TISTA Science and Technology Corporation: Medsphere Systems Corporation, the leading provider of open source EHR solutions and services derived from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) VistA EHR, today announced that the company is expanding its federal business. Medsphere will serve as a subcontractor to TISTA Science and Technology Corporation related to a $20 billion contract for information technology services focused on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal agencies.
Only 26 percent of Americans want EHR, says Xerox survey: Americans routinely use electronic files to manage their finances, communicate with friends and family and even take college courses – but when it comes to medical records – only 26 percent want them digital. The findings come from the third annual Electronic Health Records (EHR) online survey of 2,147 U.S. adults, conducted for Xerox by Harris Interactive in May 2012.
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