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MEDITECH Invites App Developers to Boost EHR Interoperability

A MEDITECH app development environment will allow innovators to increase interoperability for Expanse EHR users.

MEDITECH launches app development environment to encourage innovators to improve EHR interoperability.

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By Kate Monica

- MEDITECH is launching an app development environment supported by RESTful application programming interfaces (APIs) — including Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) — to allow users and third-party developers to create apps that boost interoperability within Expanse EHR.

The app development environment — MEDITECH Greenfield — offers a way for health IT innovators to develop technology capable of connecting more users and communities for better care coordination.

“In today's healthcare paradigm, EHRs are not only judged on their inherent functionality, but also for how well they connect with other systems,” said MEDITECH President and CEO Howard Messing.

“Greenfield is a natural extension of our open web environment, and represents another important step in MEDITECH's commitment to driving interoperability and innovation forward,” wrote Messing.

Greenfield also includes an online forum and technical support to assist innovators with app development. Additionally, the environment will feature a list of approved apps that integrate with MEDITECH EHR offerings.

Epic also provides a way for third-party developers to offer apps and tools to users that integrate with Epic EHR offerings through its App Orchard.

New Mexico Health Center Selects eClinicalWorks EHR

Elsewhere in EHR vendor news, a New Mexico-based Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) recently selected eClinicalworks cloud-based EHR system for providers across its 19 care facilities.

La Clinica de Familia will implement eClinicalWorks to support care coordination across locations for its 155 providers. The cloud-based solution will help to boost communication between clinicians, patients, and non-clinical staff to improve clinical efficiency and care quality.

 “LCDF seeks to systematically connect its primary care, dental care, behavioral health, and ancillary services to better meet all of the patient’s health needs,” said La Clinica de Familia CEO Virgil Medina. “eClinicalWorks provides the means to make that happen.”

“No matter where the patient presents in our system, the personal health record is accessible for the providers and staff,” added Medina. “We selected eClinicalWorks because of its proven success with community health centers and its commitment to providing evidence-based care to medically underserved populations.”

eClinicalWorks V11 will offer providers tools to accurately gauge risk, assess patient needs, and achieve improved health outcomes.

La Clinica de Familia will implement an EHR system, an electronic dental record, and a behavioral health services record in a fully-integrated platform.

“eClinicalWorks is dedicated to assisting traditionally underserved communities,” said eClinicalWorks CEO and co-founder Girish Navani. “La Clinica de Familia will join the more than 800 health centers nationwide already utilizing eClinicalWorks technologies to deliver affordable, evidence-based care to effectively treat patients across settings.” 

VA Seeking Vendor to Maintain Legacy VistA EHR System for 5 Years

Finally, VA plans to release a Request for Proposal to find a vendor capable of providing a full range of technical, managerial, and administrative services to support the legacy VistA EHR system and VistA Imaging Systems across 143 VA care sites still utilizing the technology.

A Request for Information (RFI) available on FedBizOpps clarifies the vendor will be responsible for maintaining VistA for the next five years.

“The Contractor shall also provide sufficient program management services to manage and deliver service levels that minimize solution deliver times, costs and problems and consistently deliver quality products to meet business requirements,” noted VA in a Performance Work Statement.

VA will maintain VistA throughout the duration of its $10 billion Cerner EHR implementation project. Initial sites are slated to go live with the new Cerner system in 2020.

VA will implement a Cerner platform similar to the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) own MHS GENESIS EHR system as part of an effort to improve interoperability between the departments.

Joint DoD and VA EHR modernization governance groups will meet beginning in 2019 to facilitate communication between federal departments.

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