Electronic Medical Resources to Provide Allscripts Electronic Health Record and Practice Management Solutions.
CHICAGO and HOUSTON, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Allscripts , the leading provider of clinical software, connectivity and information solutions that physicians use to improve healthcare, announced today that Electronic Medical Resources will provide the Allscripts Electronic Health Record (EHR) and practice management solutions to physicians in Independent Practice Associations (IPAs) nationwide. The two companies also announced that IntegraNet, an IPA representing some 1,000 primary care and specialty physicians in the Houston area, has agreed to deploy the Allscripts solutions via Electronic Medical Resources, initially for 150 physicians.
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Electronic Medical Resources is an Application Service Provider (ASP) that hosts and supports clinical and practice management software for physicians. The company was formed specifically to sell, deploy and support Electronic Health Records and practice management systems for IPAs. Allscripts is their first product offering.
"This agreement with Allscripts addresses one of most important issues that IPAs face nationally -- if they're not clinically integrated and able to share information and measure quality across all of their specialties with an Electronic Health Record, then they will not be able to survive," said Ed Horn, President of Electronic Medical Resources. "Our physician clients are very excited by the prospect of using Allscripts via our ASP model to improve patient care and better manage their practices."
IntegraNet President Larry Wedekind said he, too, is convinced that Electronic Health Records are vital to the success of IPAs. "Without an Electronic Health Record it's almost impossible for an IPA to cost effectively measure each doctor's performance and to ensure that they provide the highest quality care," said Wedekind.
IntegraNet plans eventually to implement Allscripts for several hundred of its physicians, Wedekind added. To encourage utilization, IntegraNet will provide physicians who adopt the Electronic Health Record up to a 25 percent premium on their annual IPA bonus -- a figure that Wedekind estimated could amount to as much as $60 to $120 per patient.
The Allscripts Electronic Health Record enables physicians to instantly access patient information when and where they need it -- in the clinic, at the hospital or while on-call at home. The web-based solution speeds and automates everyday clinical tasks such as prescribing and refilling medications, ordering and viewing tests, and documenting care. The Allscripts practice management solution combines sophisticated scheduling and Revenue Cycle Management tools in a single package and incorporates advanced features such as rule-based appointment scheduling, multi-resource and recurring appointment features, referral and eligibility indicators, and appointment and claims management.
Electronic Medical Resources selected Allscripts from among 15 vendors for the company's stability, its strong commitment to the interoperability of its solutions, and "the quality of their leadership, which is really dedicated to the mission of improving healthcare through information technology," said Horn.
"We're excited to partner with Electronic Medical Resources to deliver our Electronic Health Record and practice management solutions to physicians in IPAs across the country," said Allscripts Chief Executive Officer Glen Tullman. "Our joint agreement with IntegraNet is a strong indication that innovative IPAs will turn to alternative delivery methods, such as the ASP, as a means of improving the quality of care their physicians deliver and ultimately lowering the cost of care."
About Electronic Medical Resources
Electronic Medical Resources is a national information technology firm formed to provide information technology systems and support for the medical field. As an Application Service Provider (ASP), the company hosts all software applications at its own sites. By addressing all the various elements of hardware, software and connectivity challenges facing physician offices today, Electronic Medical Resources provides a cost-effective solution to the Clinical Integration and P4P requirements that face IPAs and their contracted physicians as a result of their shared risk relationships with HMO's and other managed care plans.
Allscripts is the leading provider of clinical software, connectivity and information solutions that physicians use to improve healthcare. The Company's business units provide unique solutions that inform, connect and transform healthcare. Allscripts award-winning software applications include Electronic Health Records, practice management, e-prescribing, document imaging, emergency department, and care management solutions, all offered through the Company's Clinical Solutions units. Additionally, Allscripts provides clinical product education and connectivity solutions for physicians and patients through its Physicians Interactive(TM) unit, and medication fulfillment services through its Medication Services unit. To learn more, visit Allscripts on the Web at http://www.allscripts.com/.
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