Re: Walmart Health: Just had a great dental visit this morning, which was preceded by helpful reminders from Epic, and…
BayCare Health System (FL) partners with eClinicalWorks to provide EHR to BayCare’s 3,000 physicians. eClinicalWorks also announces that it has completed interfaces with over 1,000 hospitals, including bi-directional interfaces with hospitals running Meditech, Cerner, Siemens, Eclipsys, and McKesson.
eClinicalWorks partner GroupOne Health Source is selected by Lake Regional Medical Group (MO) to implement eClinicalWorks’ EMR for its 50 affiliated providers.
KLAS reports that the ambulatory EMR replacement market is thriving, with over a third of providers looking to replace their EMRs. In the 100+ physician market, 43% of practices are replacing legacy systems. Physicians are more likely to consider vendors they consider enduring and stable, with the most popular choices being Allscripts, eClinicalWorks, Epic, and NextGen.
WorkSmartMD announces that it will provide free EMR software to physician clients utilizing its medical billing and PM services.
Three-fourths of physicians believe EHRs can improve care, according to a Sermo/athenahealth survey. However, compared to a year ago, physicians are less likely to believe that the financial benefits outweigh the costs and that EHRs reduce efficiencies and decrease costs. And sadly, the majority of physicians believe the quality of medicine will decline over the next five years. Speaking of athenahealth, last week the company announced a strategic alliance with Microsoft to connect athenahealth’s services with Microsoft’s Amalga platform.
GE Healthcare announces an iPad version of its Centricity Advance and Centricity Practice solutions. GE says it will give away iPads to all providers purchasing Centricity Advance by March 31, and also give them free access to the Centricity Advance iPad EMR app when it becomes available.
Practice Fusion also releases a new iPad option that uses LogMeIn Ignition. The EMR is free, but the app will cost you $29.95. In my HIMSS updates, I mentioned trying to get a peek at the Practice Fusion software. It never happened because Practice Fusion had only one constantly busy demo station. I assume they underestimated how many people would want to check them out.
HITEC-LA selects Office Ally as a preferred EHR vendor. The HITEC-LA website specifically says it has not yet selected any preferred vendors, though the Office Ally press release includes this quote from HITEC-LA’s executive director: “We selected Office Ally as our first EHR vendor to announce since many of our small and solo member practices are looking for a product that not only helps them adopt EHRs and improves the quality of care that they deliver, but ultimately keeps their costs as low as possible.” It will be interesting to see if any of the not-so-low-cost vendors make HITEC-LA’s preferred EHR list.
The 21-physician Texas Orthopedics, Sports and Rehabilitation Associations will implement Encoda’s revenue cycle automation tool.
Flashback, of sorts: a physician in Bono, AR (population 1,600) opens a once-a-week Barter Clinic for patients unable to pay with insurance or cash. So far Dr. John House (who holds the clinic out of his house) has accepted canned produce, manual labor, live animals, and baked goods in exchange for medical care. Richer patients can pay $45 for a clinic visit on Barter Days. Dr. House also runs a traditional practice in a traditional office in Jonesboro, AR.
The regional Hayes Clinical Laboratory (FL) partners with MedLink to provide its physicians financial assistance in implementing MedLink’s iSuite EHR. Hayes will subsidize up to 85% of the cost of iSuite .
Mankato Clinic, a 120-physician group in Minnesota, selects Jardogs FollowMyHealth universal health record to provide online access to its patients.
Sage will integrate HealthUnity’s HIE solution into its Intergy product. I saw a prototype at HIMSS and I think Sage has the right idea. The HIE data is embedded directly into Intergy so you don’t have to jump to a separate portal. Look for its official release later this year.
Physician EMR adoption is nearing 50%, according to a new report that also predicts 18-20% market growth over the next two years. However, the company also predicted 15% growth in both 2009 and 2010; actual growth was a mere 10% and 13.7%, respectively.
Associated Radiologists (WV) signs a long-term contract extension with Zotec Partners to provide billing software for its 17 physicians.
The American Academy of Dermatology and American Telemedicine Association send a letter to Donald Berwick urging CMS to make teledermatology a covered service under Medicare Part B.
Health insurer Highmark will put tablets and kiosks into the offices of 100 Pittsburgh physicians. During the trial, patients will be able to swipe their insurance cards on the device while in their physician’s office. They will then be able to communicate directly with Highmark before meeting with the physician. Sounds cool, I suppose, though I can’t imagine too many scenarios where I as the patient would need to talk to the insurance company in advance. Doesn’t the office staff handle all the verification ahead of time?
Allscripts had a series of announcements last week in conjunction with HIMSS, including the launch of an app store and referral network. The Application Store & Exchange (ASX) enables clients and other organizations to add to the company’s open product platform, while the Allscripts Referral Network facilitates electronic patient referrals within Allscripts’ client base of 180,000 physicians, 1,500 hospitals, and 10,000 post acute care organizations (link to demo above). Allscripts also demonstrated the native integration between Sunrise Clinical Manager and Allscripts Enterprise and Professional EHRs. Finally, UK Healthcare (KY) will deploy Allscripts EHR and PM for its 6,000 physicians, pharmacists, and other providers and integrate it with its existing Sunrise Enterprise EHR.
The Birmingham paper highlights the recent growth of local company SuccessEHS. The 16-year-old EMR company, formerly known as EHS, just moved to larger office space and has added 45 employees (220 total) in the last year. CEO W. Sanders “Sandy” Pittman says Meaningful Use is “really fueling our growth today.”
The GAO tells the CMS to address inconsistencies between the Meaningful Use and e-prescribing incentive payment programs. To reduce duplication and reporting burdens for participating providers, the GAO recommends that the CMS encourage participants in the e-prescribing program to adopt certified technology. GAO also says CMS should also reconcile areas where the two programs are similar but inconsistent.
CMS says that more than 21,000 providers initiated registration for Medicaid and Medicare EHR Incentive programs in January and so far four states have paid out over $20 million. In addition, as of February 11, more than 45,000 providers requested information or registration help from 62 RECs.