Health IT Business News – July 9, 2013

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Fifty-two percent of U.S. physician groups planning to implement Electronic Health Records would not consider replacing their current practice management system with an integrated practice management – EHR system according to the “5th Annual U.S. Ambulatory Electronic Health Record & Practice Management Study,” released by HIMSS Analytics, a non-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

The majority of Australian doctors (77 per cent) say sharing health records electronically had a positive impact on reducing medical errors in 2012, according to a survey by Accenture. The survey of 3,700 doctors in eight countries – Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Singapore, Spain and the United States – also found that 83 per cent of Australian doctors are actively using electronic medical records (EMR) and roughly 70 per cent reported improved quality of diagnostic and treatment decisions as a result of their use of shared electronic health records.

SuccessEHS today announced that National Director of Government Affairs Adele Allison was recently named co-chair of the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Beacon-Electronic Health Record (EHR) Vendor Affinity Group. Comprised of representatives from 17 ONC Beacon Communities and five EHR vendors, the workgroup seeks to promote the adoption, use and interoperability of EHR technology to advance the care improvement goals of impacted communities.

Greenway Medical Technologies and Epic Systems have achieved interoperability between their solutions to improve care coordination for the thousands of patients two of their customers in Lancaster, PA treat in common. The electronic health record (EHR) systems of both companies are exchanging industry-standard Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs) between a large OB/GYN practice and the local hospital-based health system, securely sharing vital information to better coordinate care in their community of health.