CARROLLTON, Ga., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Paper Kills 2.0: How Health IT Can Help Save Your Life and Your Money, is due out today by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Health Transformation.
The book is the Center's sixth overall and details recent gains and needed improvements in healthcare information technology, into which Greenway was invited to detail its leading quality, research and public health solution PrimeResearch®, which is integrated within Greenway's single-database electronic health record (EHR), practice management and interoperability solution PrimeSuite®.
Greenway's chapter, titled "Electronic Health Records and Clinical Research: A Timely Collision," was authored by Greenway President Tee Green and Director of Research and Outcomes Jason Colquitt.
"Since we began in 2003, the Center for Health Transformation has passionately advocated the adoption of modern tools to deliver better care at lower costs. As this new book shows, innovators are developing exciting technologies every day that will transform health. Greenway is showing a critical next step of integrating the capabilities of electronic health records with clinical research. This will bring more providers and patients into the latest pharmaceutical, device and surgical research which will speed breakthroughs to patients," said former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, founder of the Center for Health Transformation.
The chapter details how PrimeResearch integrates with PrimeSuite to streamline and expand provider and patient participation in pharmaceutical, surgical and medical device clinical research.
PrimeResearch allows providers to easily identify patients who might benefit from a clinical research study by using the patients information that has already been collected through PrimeSuite for routine patient care. Once consented for a study the patient's information can easily be pre-populated into the case report forms typically used to collect data throughout the study, thus saving providers much of the time that is normally spent on duplicating that data to the silo-ed healthcare and research worlds.
The overall ability to succeed is based on the types of standards-based data capture and exchange functions Greenway has developed in coordination with the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC), Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) and the Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP).
"Greenway is one of the first EHR providers to utilize the recognized Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel clinical research standards which merge clinical study capabilities with EHR functions," said Greenway Director of Research and Outcomes Jason Colquitt. "Working with interoperability and standards organizations has, and will, continue to advance healthcare gains and patient outcomes in the future across the healthcare continuum."
Center and Greenway featured in USA Today; Center VP to speak at Greenway Reception During HIMSS
The February 26-28 edition of USA Today includes a Health IT section in selected cities, and 30,000 copies are also scheduled to be circulated at the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in Atlanta beginning March 1.
The section includes an adapted version of the book's forward as an op-ed by Gingrich and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, as well as meaningful use and EHR thought leader content by Greenway. Center Vice President Wayne Oliver is scheduled to speak at Greenway's conference reception the evening of March 1.
The analogous-driven article by Gingrich and Daschle likens the advent of the automobile, computer and cell phone as transitional visions like electronic health records are to paper charts. They praise the Obama administration's inclusion of the HITECH Act within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) as, "the very first healthcare reform of this presidency." The authors highlight the comparison of the funding, scope and completion of the interstate highway system of the 1950s to the vision of a national health information network as its equal in the merging of public works and private enterprise.
The book has received noted recognition by Andrew C. von Eschenbach, M.D., former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, former Surgeon General David Satcher, former Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt, and Mehmet Oz, M.D., vice chair and professor of surgery, New York Presbyterian/Columbia University, among others.
"Electronic health records are ultimately about improved quality and better, more consistent outcomes," said Justin Barnes, vice president of marketing, corporate development and government affairs at Greenway, chairman of the Electronic Health Record Association and IHE-USA board member, who was also asked to contribute insight on the book's merits. "This includes expanding research to bring new therapies to patients. I truly believe that this untapped potential will change how we develop and deliver better medicine. This timely and thorough book provides a powerful exploration of the technologies that can and will transform healthcare."
About Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc.
Greenway Medical Technologies provides the latest in EHR, ambulatory healthcare and clinical research business solutions and services to more than 23,000 healthcare providers nationwide, in 30 specialties and subspecialties, by enhancing the delivery of patient care through innovative HIT software and on-demand services that allow physician practices to function at their highest level of efficiency. Greenway's PrimeSuite is a comprehensive, interoperability component of the integrated physician's infrastructure solution, which serves as the starting point of a long-term business plan for physician practices. PrimeSuite 2011 is a pre-market CCHIT Certified® 2011 Ambulatory EHR, additionally certified for Child Health and Cardiovascular Medicine with optional Advanced Reporting. PrimeSuite integrates a practice's clinical, financial and administrative processes, and allows practices to increase profitability, enhance patient satisfaction and facilitate adherence to compliance guidelines. Established in 1998, Carrollton, Ga.-based Greenway Medical Technologies is a privately held company with more than 300 employees. For more information about Greenway, visit www.greenwaymedical.com.
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