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Michigan Physicians Gain From New AMA and MSMS Partnership to Improve Physician Practice Efficiency
Date:4/29/2009

EAST LANSING, Mich., April 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Michigan physicians are the first in the nation to gain increased access to health information technologies (HIT) through a new partnership announced today by the American Medical Association (AMA) and Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) with Compuware's Covisint subsidiary. This partnership builds on MSMS's nation-leading "MSMS Connect" and comes just days after the AMA announced its agreement with Covisint to develop an AMA web-based portal.

The partnership will increase the number of products and services available to Michigan physicians. MSMS Connect currently has a portfolio of services that help to improve patient care, facilitate efficient medical practice and ease the adoption of HIT. Later this year, through the AMA partnership, MSMS members will be able to access even more secure tools and information in support of improved patient care and efficiency.

"Our partnership with the AMA is very exciting for Michigan physicians because we are now able to pool our efforts to deliver a broader range of resources to help physicians in their practices," said Gregory J. Forzley, MD, chair of MSMS board of directors and Medical Director of Informatics at Saint Mary's Health Care in Grand Rapids, Mich. "Physicians can select the products and services they need to help increase their efficiency, quality of care, and patient safety through one online portal."

Available offerings will include the latest and most useful tools and information for ePrescribing, electronic health records, and practice and revenue management to provide very practical and tangible help to practicing physicians. The new physician-friendly portal will allow for personalized content, search capabilities and learning and networking opportunities that will not require great technological expertise to implement.

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