Today’s EHR and HIT News includes updates from Allscripts that Allscripts Professional EHR version 13.0 is now generally available, Black Book Rankings news from Kareo and finally news from ZirMed and EHR Integration Services to provide Allscripts™ and GE Healthcare™ customers with integration into ZirMed’s products.
Allscripts Professional EHR™ 13.0 is Generally Available
Allscripts announced today that Allscripts Professional™ Electronic Health Record 13.0 is now generally available. The release of Allscripts Professional EHR 13.0 is part of the company’s ongoing client commitment to provide the tools needed to help them achieve Meaningful Use Stages 1 and 2.
“Allscripts Professional EHR 13.0 is a reflection of our unwavering commitment to our clients,” said Paul M. Black, President and Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. “This new version of Professional is a more powerful and more complete solution, with exceptional function and features.”
Allscripts Professional EHR 13.0 was certified for meeting ONC 2014 Edition Standards & Certification Criteria set by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®). ONC 2014 certification supports both Stage 1 and Stage 2 Meaningful Use, requiring EHR solutions have the capabilities that clients need to meet their attestation goals and clinical measures.
Black Book™ User Survey Ranks Kareo Number One Seamless EHR, Practice Management and Revenue Cycle Management Software Vendor
Kareo has announced that Black Book has ranked them number one on its list of Top 20 Seamless Electronic Health Records (EHR), Practice Management (PM) and Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) Software Vendors. Kareo also received a number one ranking in nine of eighteen evaluation criteria and was the only vendor to achieve a top five ranking in every single category. Black Book’s new study is based on extensive input from more than 8,000 physicians and staff of medical practices and hospitals surveyed between April 2013 and July 2013.
A summary of the report, “2013 Top Practice Management and Revenue Cycle Management Ambulatory EHR Software Vendors,” is available at http://www.kareo.com/black-book-2013.
“We understand that physicians are frustrated that the business side of their practices too often gets in the way of delivering patient care, and we are dedicated to delivering integrated solutions that restore the patient as the central focus of the independent practice,” said Dan Rodrigues, CEO and founder of Kareo. “We are honored to receive this prestigious ranking and the validation from medical providers of Kareo’s approach in delivering an intuitive, affordable, and integrated EHR, practice management and revenue cycle management solution to our customers.”
Black Book’s survey found that 89% of physicians considering new software and services to improve revenue cycle management are seeking a seamless single source vendor and prefer vendors that offer software, outsourcing and consulting options to support EHR/RCM/PM transformations. Black Book’s survey also revealed that more than 90% of independent physicians agree that fully-integrated practice management/revenue cycle management systems equipped with EHR software are the key to ensuring practice survival and enabling independence from hospital or large group acquisition.
Black Book’s report noted that RCM is the life force of any practice, solo or group, private or non-profit. Effective patient registration, insurance, benefit verification, charge capture and claims processing are essential to maintaining practice viability. The advantages of physicians implementing a seamless electronic PM system along with EHR software are becoming increasingly apparent. Facilitating and accelerating these functions while providing patients access to their medical records and lab results can improve the patient experience and patient-physician relationship.
ZirMed and EHR Integration Services Partner to Provide End-to-End Integration Services for Allscripts and GE Healthcare Customers
ZirMed®, a leading health information connectivity and management solutions company, today announced a partnership with EHR Integration Services, an innovative group of consultants that help transform complex data integration issues into clinical and operational workflow improvements, to provide Allscripts(TM) and GE Healthcare(TM) customers with seamless integration into ZirMed’s revenue cycle management, clinical communications and analytics solutions.
This partnership will enable Allscripts PM and GE Centricity Group Management users to leverage the full range of functionality available through ZirMed’s advanced network and platform.
“We have a great deal of experience in practice management system integrations, particularly with Allscripts and GE applications and are excited to partner with ZirMed because their growing set of solutions and capabilities matches the needs of these client communities. By integrating valued solutions into existing workflows, users will be able to get the most value out of ZirMed’s network and platform,” said Craig Luce, President, EHR Integration Services. “Ultimately this integration will improve care delivery and save provider organizations precious time and resources.”
This partnership enables ZirMed’s solutions to be completely embedded into Allscripts PM and GE Centricity Group Management workflows, granting users– which include both small and large medical practices, academic medical centers, hospitals and health systems, integrated delivery networks, and billing companies– seamless access to ZirMed’s solutions. EHR Integration Services will integrate ZirMed’s robust technology with Allscripts’ PM and GE’s Centricity Group Management and EHR systems in a customized environment, allowing for quick and easy access to enhanced capabilities.
“We are seeing tremendous demand from EHR and practice management users to leverage our solutions, like our new Patient Estimation and Patient Notebook tools, in a way that is integrated into existing workflows,” said Tom Butts, CEO, ZirMed. “EHR Integration Services has in-depth knowledge of Allscripts and GE practice management systems as well as ZirMed’s solutions, so their experts can help provider organizations get the most value out of our platform and network.”