Massachusetts Regional Extension Center Selects eMDs as an EHR Vendor Partner
AUSTIN, TX
Mon, 2010/10/04 - 1:00am

Company chosen by eHealth Institute to achieve statewide implementation and Meaningful Use

AUSTIN, TX – eMDs, an industry leader in the development and implementation of electronic health record (EHR) and practice management (PM) solutions, announced they have been named a selected EHR vendor and Implementation Optimization Organization (IOO) by the Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI). The Institute will serve as a Regional Extension Center (REC) in Massachusetts, working to facilitate the adoption of EHR technology by the state's providers. As a selected vendor , eMDs will help ensure effective implementation and provider achievement of Meaningful Use.

eMDs was identified through their response to a rigorous RFI process. MeHI was soliciting well established vendors and systems that would encourage workforce development. eMDs met these criteria, also touting ease of use, access to an excellent support team and affordability. "We share a common vision with MeHI that the HITECH act is a unique opportunity to accelerate the adoption of high quality health information technologies in a cost effective manner," said Michael Stearns, MD, President and CEO of eMDs. "These efforts will lead to improvements in the quality and efficiency of healthcare in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts."

In an effort conduct a more efficient transition, eMDs is partnering with the Primary Care Foundation (PCF), an additional MeHI selected Implementation and Optimization Organization, based in western Massachusetts. The organization will implement and host eMDs as part of its "HealthLens EHR Platform;" a membership-based solution for private practices that couples EHR hosting with IT management, centralized support, continuing education, and an online community promoting leadership and collaboration between practices. PCF augments the HealthLens Platform with grant-funded health initiatives, improvement programs, and research opportunities that empower member practices to harness the full potential of their EHR data. The Foundation also provides a broad slate of eMDs classes, workshops, and events at the HealthLens Learning Center, located in Northampton, MA.

"We've partnered with eMDs because the product is tightly aligned with the principles of our organization." said Kyle Homstead, Executive Director of the Primary Care Foundation. "While there are many similarities between today's leading EHRs, most people don't realize that the 'clinical engine' is proprietary and totally unique to each application. Often trivialized, these functional disparities have massive impact at the point-of-care, where overly-simplistic tools can undermine the integrity of a physician's practice. eMDs is the only product that we've found with a clinical toolset that effectively supports the cognitive and narrative aspects of medicine, both of which are essential to the delivery of high-quality care."

"Massachusettes has the highest adoption rate of EHRs in the country. Providers in this state are uniquely positioned to move forward with advanced uses of technology such as the capture and use of codified terminology and clinical decision support," stated Michael Stearns, MD, President and CEO of eMDs. "It will be a pleasure to work with MeHI on educational and informatics objectives as we move through the more advanced stages of Meaningful Use."

"We are pleased to have eMDs join our list of selected health IT companies that will help thousands of health care providers across Massachusetts successfully transition to electronic health records," said Rick Shoup, Ph.D., Director of the Massachusetts e-Health Institute. "Widespread deployment of electronic health records leads to better quality care for patients, reduces health care costs and spurs new jobs in the health care industry."

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eMDs is a leading developer of health care software solutions headquartered in Austin, Texas. The company, founded in 1996 by a primary care physician, remains physician and clinical informaticist managed and actively participates in national health information technology and interoperability efforts. eMDs Solution Series™, with more than 28,000 users nationwide, is the standard for affordable and integrated EHR and PRACTICE MANAGEMENT software solutions, including clinical, financial and document management modules designed to automate medical practice processes and chart management. eMDs Solution Series version 6.3 is a CCHIT Certified® 2008 Ambulatory EHR additionally certified for Cardiovascular Medicine and Child Health. The eMDs Solution Series' comprehensive suite of products facilitates improvements in clinical care, a reduction in medical errors, and optimization of business practices. As testimony to our focus on ease of use and functionality, eMDs has ranked at the top of all independent, unbiased, physician surveys thus far. For more information, please visit www.e-mds.com.

About Massachusetts eHealth Institute
The Massachusetts e-Health Institute (MeHI), a division of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, is the state-designated entity for health care innovation, technology and competitiveness. Established by Governor Patrick and the Massachusetts Legislature in Chapter 305 of the Acts of 2008, MeHI is responsible for advancing the dissemination of health information across the Commonwealth, including the deployment of EHR systems in all healthcare provider settings that are networked through a statewide HIE. For more information on MeHI, go to www.maehi.org.