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CDA for Common Document Types Broadens Project Coalition with Addition of

3M, ImageTek, A-Life Medical, QuadraMed, Misys Healthcare

CHICAGO, Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) for Common Document Types (CDA4CDT) project starts 2008 on a strong note adding four new benefactors who enlarge and broaden the project coalition: 3M Health Information Systems joined in the fall of 2007, ImageTek, Inc. in November and A-Life Medical and QuadraMed at the close of the year, with Misys Healthcare joining in early 2008. Each of the new Benefactors brings a fresh perspective to the project, beyond just dictation and transcription, the common thread being recognition of the central role of the CDA standard for document creation and distribution, document management, natural language processing and the electronic health record.

"Expanding CDA4CDT beyond dictation/transcription is a natural progression", says Donald T. Mon, PhD, vice president, practice leadership, AHIMA. "The addition of vendors representing all aspects of document generation and management will speed EHR adoption by making more information available for patient safety, quality, and all the other benefits we expect from the EHR."

The 3M Health Information Systems subsidiary, formed with the acquisition of SoftMed, joined CDA4CDT, according to David Owen, product line marketing manager, "Because we are in the business of making it easier to manage the workflow of clinical documents to improve the quality of care and revenue cycle, having widely adopted, interoperable specifications for common types of clinical notes makes good business sense to us."

Imagetek, Inc. joined the CDA4CDT initiative because proliferating the adoption of interoperable electronic documents makes it easier to support patient-centric records management for the healthcare sector of their core business, document management. "Imagetek is excited about the opportunity to support the CDA4CDT efforts," says Doug Dostal, vice president, healthcare, Imagetek. "We understand the value clinical documents present to the EHR. We also understand the challenges associated with exchanging the various document formats. The CDA4CDT team has clearly demonstrated they can effectively develop standards to meet these challenges."

"A-Life Medical's NLP technology is helping to realize the value inherent in clinical documentation. Having a stable and widely-adopted set of specifications for the common types of clinical notes enhances the interoperability of electronic health records while retaining the natural expressiveness desired by clinicians," says Mark Morsch, vice president of NLP and new technology, A-Life Medical. "We believe that the marketplace will expect clinical documentation solutions to incorporate standards such as CDA4CDT."

"QuadraMed recognizes the central role played by documents in every effective electronic health record," says Keith Hagen, CEO, QuadraMed. "Building and promoting standards for electronic documents that are interoperable with the electronic record seems like a win-win situation for the electronic document creators and for EMR vendors, so we are pleased to support this work."

"Misys is excited to be part of this important initiative," remarked Jacob Reider MD, Medical Director for Misys Healthcare. "Our industry has a responsibility to enable information-sharing across widely distributed and disparate systems, medical practices, and health delivery enterprises. Without meaningful, relevant information about our patients, physicians can't be expected to make careful, evidence-based decisions with our patients. The value of CDA4CDT comes from its ability to help healthcare providers share and assimilate information -- not just data -- which improves the efficiency, cost and (most importantly) quality of the care provided to our patients.

"The continued growth of the project is a recognition that standards for electronic documents are crucial for health information management across the spectrum of care," says Michael Finke, CEO M*Modal, "and I also think it shows an appreciation of the rapid pace set by the project in its first year which saw successful ballots for the both the History & Physical and Consult Notes."

"We're really pleased with the broad show of support for this project," stated Peter Preziosi, Peter Preziosi, PhD, CEO of AHDI and MTIA. "We'd like to see the project continue to expand in 2008 and to see the work products we produce be adopted within the developing national infrastructure recognized by HITSP and CCHIT."

"We have an ambitious set of goals for 2008." says Liora Alschuler, project manager for CDA4CDT. "Getting representation from the full spectrum of those who work with electronic clinical documents will help ensure that our work products solve problems and are ready to be adopted to meet real business needs."

This CDA4CDT project was initiated by M*Modal, AHIMA and AHDI (formerly AAMT, now associated with MTIA). Spheris, MedQuist, InterFix, Precyse Solutions, Webmedx, MDinTouch, 3M, ImageTek, A-Life Medical and QuadraMed are project Benefactors and Acusis is a project Sponsor. Also supporting the effort through volunteer participation are GE Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinical, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the Military Health System. Alschuler Associates, LLC, provides project leadership and is assuming primary responsibility for IG and collateral development.


About M*Modal

M*Modal offers on-demand conversational documentation services that help healthcare providers capture discrete clinical information from dictation to generate complete and timely electronic medical records. The company's unique speech recognition and understanding technology platform, AnyModal CDS, is a vital tool that empowers physicians to capture clinical facts and orders from dictation without requiring any change to their normal dictation routine. M*Modal's focus is on providing hospitals and medical transcription service providers with the industry's most comprehensive yet most adaptable solution for creating highly accurate, structured, encoded and shareable medical documents to increase patient safety, promote continuity of patient care, and reduce cost. For more information, please visit


AHIMA is the premier association of health information management (HIM) professionals. AHIMA's 51,000 members are dedicated to the effective management of personal health information needed to deliver quality health care to the public. Founded in 1928 to improve the quality of medical records, AHIMA is committed to advancing the HIM profession in an increasingly electronic and global environment through leadership in advocacy, education, certification, and lifelong learning. For more information about the Association, go to

About AHDI and MTIA

The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI), formerly AAMT, has been the professional organization representing medical transcriptionists since 1978. AHDI sets standards of practice and education for medical transcriptionists, administers a certification program, has established a code of ethics, and advocates on behalf of the profession. There are over 135 component associations of AHDI, each of which holds regular educational meetings and symposia. For more information, visit The Medical Transcription Industry Association is the world's largest trade association serving medical transcription service operators. Its mission is to create an environment in which medical transcription companies can prosper, grow, and deliver the highest level of healthcare documentation services. For more information, visit

New Benefactors:

About 3M

3M Health Information Systems delivers technology and consulting solutions that can help healthcare organizations improve patient care, facilitate compliance, and achieve appropriate reimbursement. Built on nearly 25 years of healthcare funding and performance management expertise, 3M Health Information Systems provides tools to capture, store, and analyze patient information and enable an electronic patient record.

3M Health Information Systems is part of 3M Health Care, one of 3M Company's six major businesses, providing world-class innovative products and services to help healthcare professionals improve the practice, delivery and outcomes of patient care in medical, oral care, drug delivery, and health information markets.

For more information on how our solutions can assist you're your organization, contact 3M Health Information Systems at 1-800-367-2447 or visit us online at

About ImageTek, Inc.

Imagetek is a national leader in the enterprise content management and business process automation industry with a broad range of ECM software and hardware solutions, document conversion outsourcing services and web hosted content management solutions. A trusted resource for organizations as they make the paper-to-digital transition, Imagetek employs a progressive, three-fold approach: Automate. Integrate. Accelerate.(TM) This unique, trademarked method allows any organization to implement an enterprise content management system quickly and simply without considerable disruption to vital technical and financial resources.

For more information contact Erica Kiefer at Imagetek, Inc., Phone: 515-471-1689; Fax: 515-270-0447; E-mail:,

About A-Life Medical

A-Life Medical is the leading provider of Natural Language Processing (NLP) based solutions for the healthcare industry. A-Life Medical's products extract meaning from unstructured free text and automate tedious, complicated and labor intensive tasks. A-Life Medical's mission is to provide world-class solutions to streamline and computerize the code to collection process and to fundamentally advance the way the healthcare industry gathers, applies and reports on patient information. A-Life Medical is a private company headquartered in San Diego, California.

For more information about A-Life Medical and its products, call 888.224.6300 or visit A-Life Medical's website at

About QuadraMed Corporation

QuadraMed Corporation advances the success of healthcare organizations through IT solutions that leverage quality care into positive financial outcomes. QuadraMed provides real-world solutions that help healthcare professionals deliver outstanding patient care efficiently and cost-effectively. Behind the company's products and services is a staff of 750 professionals whose experience and dedication have earned QuadraMed the trust and loyalty of clients at over 2,000 healthcare provider facilities.

For more information, call 1-800-393-0278 or visit

About Misys Healthcare Systems, LLC

Misys Healthcare -- part of the global application software and services company, Misys plc (FTSE: MSY.L) -- delivers integrated, comprehensive solutions that improve results for healthcare practitioners. Drawing on our decades of healthcare experience, our relationships with more than 100,000 healthcare professionals, and our commitment to customer success, we deliver innovative software and services that enable physicians, caregivers, and a connected healthcare community. Misys Healthcare: Experience, Solutions, Results.

For more information, visit

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