Health IT Business News – Tuesday, November 5, 2013

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Amazing Charts, developer of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems, announced it is licensing MEDfx PM, a market-proven web-based Practice Management (PM) system developed by MEDfx Corporation. A customized version of MEDfx PM will be fully integrated with the Amazing Charts EHR system, resulting in more efficient billing, fewer administrative headaches, and faster payments for practices. allsWe want Amazing Charts users to be able to manage their practices with the least amount of hassle, maximizing reimbursements with minimal effort,” said John Squire, president and COO of Amazing Charts. “MEDfx PM has all the capabilities of the most full-featured PM systems in the marketplace, and a highly competitive clearinghouse contract. This licensing strategy allows Amazing Charts to deliver an integrated PM/EHR solution as quickly as possible. Our current goal is general release in mid-2014.

CareCloud, provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health records (EHR), and medical billing software and services, and ZocDoc, a service that helps patients receive faster access to care and optimizes doctors’ schedules, have announced a partnership in which ZocDoc will fully integrate into CareCloud’s platform via APIs. As a result, CareCloud practices using ZocDoc will have a more seamless experience in allowing patients to instantly book appointments online via or the free ZocDoc mobile apps.  This new capability, available in the coming months, will help these two leading services’ joint clients achieve greater efficiency and revenue, while ultimately improving their patients’ experience and access to care.

M*Modal, provider of clinical documentation and Speech Understanding™ solutions,  announced it will provide FirstHealth of the Carolinas with exclusive enterprise-wide front- and back-end speech recognition, transcription, coding and clinical analytics for its electronic health record (EHR) systems. These integrated services — which include M*Modal Fluency Direct™, M*Modal Fluency for Transcription™, M*Modal Fluency for Coding™ and M*Modal Catalyst for Quality™ — will enable FirstHealth care providers to enhance how they capture and leverage patient narratives for improved productivity, billing and patient health. FirstHealth of the Carolinas is a private, not-for-profit health care network located in Pinehurst, North Carolina, serving 15 area counties with four hospitals (582 beds) and numerous health centers.

Healthland, provider of integrated solutions to rural community and critical access hospitals, has  announced they have partnered with InteliChart, provider of patient engagement and HIE technology, adding the InteliChart Patient Portal as its exclusive patient engagement solution. Healthland will integrate InteliChart’s 2014 ONC-certified patient portal with its electronic health records (EHR) solution designed for hospitals and ambulatory clinics. This combined offering will provide Healthland clients with a secure way to exchange health data in accordance with Meaningful Use Stage 2 measures.

eClinicalWorks has announced that Chicago’s Rush Health, a clinically integrated network of physicians and hospitals, has endorsed eClinicalWorks EHR solution for its more than 300 affiliated private physician members. This agreement will bring Cloud-based technology to help make care delivery more convenient and efficient. “Rush Health works as a team to improve health through high quality, efficient health services for patient care, including prevention and complex care management,” said Brent Estes, president and CEO, Rush Health. “After an in-depth evaluation, we determined eClinicalWorks would aid our providers in delivering these services due to care coordination functionality inherent in the solution and the benefits its current customers are receiving. Using eClinicalWorks will also aid our providers in meeting meaningful use and our Patient-Centered Medical Home goals.” To aid its providers, Rush Health is helping subsidize the cost of the system.

HealthCare Partners, LLC, based in Torrance, Calif., will expand its nationwide partnership with Allscripts by further deploying the Allscripts Enterprise™ Electronic Health Record (EHR) across itsCalifornia medical group sites and selecting the FollowMyHealth™ patient portal and the dbMotion population health management solution. HealthCare Partners, LLC, a subsidiary of DaVita HealthCare Partners, manages and operates medical groups and affiliated physician networks in Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, and New Mexico, providing integrated care management for approximately 733,000 managed care patients. “Our vision is to be the role model for integrated and coordinated care, leading the transformation of the national healthcare delivery system to ensure quality, access, and affordable care for all,” said Zan Calhoun, Chief Information Officer of HealthCare Partners, LLC. “Our decision to use the Allscripts Electronic Health Record enterprise-wide in addition to our selection of FollowMyHealth for patient engagement and dbMotion for connectivity, will further enable us to do just that.”

MDI Achieve, provider of MatrixCare™, a certified Electronic Health Record solution for the long-term care and senior living continuum, and WoundRounds®, the leading solution for wound management and risk prevention, announced a partnership to provide superior clinical and economic outcomes. Wounds represent one of the greatest drivers of costs, risk, and liability for post-acute care facilities. This partnership will enable long-term care providers to consistently and efficiently deliver high quality wound care by leveraging the strengths of both MatrixCare and WoundRounds. MDI Achieve President and Chief Executive Officer John Damgaard commented, “The integration of MatrixCare and WoundRounds ensures that important clinical data from the wound care process is populated in the EHR, where it can be leveraged to improve the coordination of care and to drive clinical decision support. This partnership is another example of our industry-leading commitment to interoperability through our MatrixCare Connections initiative.”

Press Ganey announced today the release of its new Engagement Portal, a market-leading employee and physician survey administration and reporting tool. Research has shown that organizational engagement has a dramatic and positive impact on patientexperience performance metrics. The Engagement Portal is part of the Press Ganey’s Employee VoiceT and Physician VoiceT solutions to improve the patient experience through measurement, actionable analysis and implementation plans. “In order to create the path to improving the patient experience, health care leaders and organizations must engage the individuals directly involved in shaping that experience – employees and physicians,” said Patrick T. Ryan, CEO of Press Ganey. “Our new Engagement Portal offers organizations the ability to cultivate a patient-centric culture in which there is a shared goal of improving the patient experience.”