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Allscripts Expands Real-Time Messaging in Ambulatory EHR Systems

Allscripts will integrate real-time messaging for financial, clinical, and prescription data into its ambulatory EHR systems.

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By Kate Monica

- Allscripts will now integrate real-time messaging for financial, clinical, and prescription data into its ambulatory EHR systems including its ePrescribe, Professional EHR, and TouchWorks EHR solutions.

The health IT vendor will expand its real-time messaging capabilities at the point of care through a partnership with OptimizeRx. OptimizeRx specializes in enabling digital health data messaging through EHR systems.

Specifically, Allscripts will leverage the partnership to integrate prescription data from pharmaceutical companies into its EHR solutions. By providing prescription data in its ambulatory EHR systems, Allscripts intends to help providers improve patient adherence to medications, streamline prior authorizations, and provide real-time access to financial assistance for medications.

“Supported by our pharma partners, OptimizeRx and Allscripts continue to empower healthcare providers to make better decisions and deliver better, more affordable care for healthier patients, populations and communities,” said OptimizeRx President Miriam Paramore.

Allscripts EHR and e-prescribing solutions currently serve more than 180,000 physicians across 45,000 ambulatory facilities, 2,500 hospitals, and 17,000 post-acute organizations.

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This most recent effort to improve its ambulatory EHR solutions follows several other attempts by Allscripts to expand its presence and impact in the EHR market.

Earlier this week, Allscripts announced it will acquire Practice Fusion EHR in a $100-million cash deal. The acquisition represents the health IT company’s intention to expand its cloud-based product offerings.

In August, Allscripts acquired McKesson Corporation’s Enterprise Information Solutions (EIS) in a $185 million deal. Allscripts added McKesson’s Paragon inpatient EHR solution to its list of offerings, along with its revenue cycle management, lab information, and content management systems.

With a host of new solutions and expanded EHR-integrated capabilities, Allscripts furthers its goal to build momentum in the marketplace.

MEDITECH to Integrate Claims Data into Web EHR, Improve Population Health

MEDITECH recently announced a collaboration with Arcadia Healthcare Solutions to integrate claims and risk stratification data into its Web EHR and analytics solutions for improved population health management.

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Arcadia will supply aggregated data from more than 40 other EHR vendors and claims databases to offer MEDITECH users a more comprehensive view of patient health.

"This collaboration with Arcadia Healthcare Solutions will strengthen MEDITECH's population health offering through the inclusion of data such as risk scores and gaps in care, empowering our customers to better understand their populations, while also providing tightly integrated care management workflows to translate that understanding into action," said MEDITECH Executive Vice President Hoda Sayed-Friel.

The two health IT companies are currently in the process of building the framework for the solution. MEDITECH intends to integrate new data into clinician workflows within its Web EHR for improved clinical decision-making and disease management.

MEDITECH has been working to earn new vendor contracts through its Web EHR in an effort to bounce back after a slow year in 2016. According to a 2017 KLAS report, the health IT company lost just over half of its legacy customers that made decisions to competitors in 2016. However, its Web EHR solution helped MEDITECH win 16 new hospitals in Q1 of 2017.

Integrating claims data into its Web EHR could help to further improve this new product offering.

Two More EHR Solutions Earn 2015 ONC Health IT Certification

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Practice EHR V12 and Navigating Care 6.0 are the latest EHR solutions to earn 2015 ONC Health IT Certification from Drummond Group.

Both solutions are now certified to help providers meet federal reporting requirements under the value-based care system.

Practice EHR V12 is equipped with functionality to help eligible professionals and small hospitals meet meaningful use requirements. The health IT company specializes in meeting the needs of small practices with a simple, usable workflow and EHR design.

“This certification represents our commitment to assisting small practices and solo providers participate and thrive in healthcare incentive programs,” said Practice EHR CEO Khurshid Mughal.

Navigating Cancer’s EHR solution achieved 2015 ONC health IT certification to assist eligible clinicians in fulfilling requirements part of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) under the Quality Payment Program (QPP). Additionally, the solution will help eligible professionals meet stage 3 meaningful use requirements.

Providers will have access to advancing care information (ACI) reporting to review and track their performance over time.

“This certification is an important milestone to further enable MIPS Eligible Providers using our platform to meet MIPS ACI requirements and maximize their overall final score through more efficient, higher quality, and personalized patient care,” said CEO Gena Cook.

Navigating Cancer specializes in oncology and improving patient engagement and patient experience.

“Securing a positive MIPS payment requires a solution that enables care teams to reduce costs, carry out patient-centered care activities, and maximize on the performance component of each category,” said Cook.

These EHR solutions follow several others in achieving 2015 ONC health IT certification as QPP heads into its second year. 

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