Today’s EHR and HIT news includes ranking news from Modernizing Medicine‘s Electronic Medical Assistant as well as an annoucement from SunGard and a new agreement with Amerinet, offering recovery and managed remote hosting services to their more than 60,000 members. There is also partnership news between Meditab Software and pharmaceutical company ALK.
Modernizing Medicine’s Electronic Medical Assistant Ranks First Among Specialty Specific EHRs for Dermatologists Successfully Attesting for Meaningful Use
Modernizing Medicine, the creator of the Electronic Medical Assistant (EMA), a cloud-based, specialty-specific, electronic health records system, announced today that EMA Dermatology had the highest number of dermatologists successfully attest for Meaningful Use among dermatology specific EHR systems for the 2012 attestation year. Based on numbers from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, as of January 2013, a total of 362 dermatologists successfully attested using EMA Dermatology, Modernizing Medicine’s CCHIT Certified dermatology specific EHR system.
The ONC, along with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, recently compiled a list of Electronic Health Record systems used for the attestation of Meaningful Use under the CMS Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. These programs provide a financial incentive for physicians that demonstrate they are “meaningfully using” certified EHR technology by meeting thresholds for certain objectives established by CMS. For physicians who want to attest for Meaningful Use in 2013 and earn their incentive payments, now is the time to implement an EHR system.
“EMA, which received CCHIT certification in February 2012, did not have any attestations prior to August 2012,” said Michael Sherling, MD, Chief Medical Officer and co-founder of Modernizing Medicine. “For successful attestations using EMA from August 2012 to December 2012, an estimated $6.5 million in Meaningful Use incentive dollars will be distributed. We’re thrilled to have helped those physicians earn their well-deserved dollars and honored to have them as customers.”
“Our five-physician practice attested for Meaningful Use in 2012,” said Dr. Jonathan Weiss, a dermatologist with Gwinnett Dermatology in Snellville, Georgia. “By doing our documentation with EMA Dermatology, it was easy for us to attain it. The system kept track of the parameters, and it turned out to be a simple process. Any physician who attests for the first time in 2013 can earn a $15,000 rebate from the government. As long as they learn and follow the guidelines, they should be able to easily obtain it with EMA.”
SunGard Availability Services Announces New Agreement with Amerinet
SunGard Availability Services, the leading provider of information availability and disaster recovery services, today announced a new agreement with Amerinet, Inc., a leading healthcare solutions organization, offering recovery and managed remote hosting services to their more than 60,000 members. Together the companies will protect Amerinet’s members from the risks associated with clinical and business system outages, focusing on infrastructure management expertise.
With the growing adoption of the Electronic Health Records (EHR), healthcare organizations are looking for solutions to assist with the recovery, security and regulatory compliance needs for these digital patient records. Remote managed hosting and cloud services, a hot topic in healthcare, will also be offered to Amerinet members as a way to further reduce capital expenditures while increasing resiliency, flexibility and scalability.
In addition to recovery services, security issues around Protected Health Information (PHI) in the cloud remain a top concern; however, healthcare organizations are already moving to virtual environments, suggesting that a move to the Cloud for business and, eventually, clinical applications, isn’t far behind.
“Amerinet has repeatedly heard from our members the need for recovery services when disasters like Hurricane Sandy strike. In addition, with the increase of EHR implementations and the transition to cloud technology, the need for adoption of information technology security has escalated,” said John Vinarsky, Vice President, Executive Resources, Office Solutions and Information Technology, Amerinet, Inc. “Amerinet has kept a close pulse on the IT market for healthcare organizations, and we’re excited to join forces with SunGard Availability Services to help resolve our members’ pain points surrounding recovery service needs.”
Meditab Software Announces Strategic Partnership with ALK-Abello
Meditab Software, developers of award-winning Intelligent Medical Software (IMS) and AllergyEHR, has announced a strategic partnership with ALK, a research driven, global pharmaceutical company focusing on allergy treatment, prevention and diagnosis. The partnership will benefit both companies by allowing for each to target new niche audiences with their specialized products.
“We’re very optimistic about this new partnership and the possibilities that it will bring,” said Kal Patel, Meditab COO. “The experience that ALK brings in the immunotherapy field combined with our top-ranked AllergyEHR product makes for a powerful, specialized package that we’re confident will appeal to many physicians.”
This new partnership will allow for Meditab to expand its reach to thousands of allergists and ENTs across the country, offering both an integrated EHR and practice management solution as well as a stand-alone immunotherapy module.
“We are excited with this partnership and the capabilities that the Meditab software offers to improve the daily operations of allergy practices throughout the country,” said Jose A. Moreno Toscano, ALK, Inc, President.
This partnership enhances ALK’s commitment to Allergy Specialists with the addition of a fully-integrated EHR and shot room automation solution to their existing suite of business and clinical optimization services.
Together, Meditab and ALK will provide comprehensive allergy solutions for practices, so that physicians can focus on patients instead of the administrative side of the practice. From a complete, customized practice management and EHR system to an extensive selection of allergy extracts, skin testing devices and even business, technical and clinical consulting services, Meditab and ALK are committed to helping practices grow.