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OSMA Launches EMR Standards of Excellence Program

Program to Ease the Process for Physicians to Select Electronic Medical Record Systems

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) announced that it is launching an innovative new program, believed to be the first of its kind, to help reduce the risk for physicians who wish to adopt an electronic medical record (EMR) system for their practices.

The Standards of Excellence Program, which is available exclusively to OSMA members, will identify vendors who have voluntarily agreed to include physician-friendly terms in their contracts with medical practices. In addition these vendors are providing OSMA members with preferred pricing. A list of vendors that qualified to participate in the OSMA's program is attached.

Studies show that, aside from costs, practices may be slow to adopt an EMR due to concern about the contracting process. Since a good, workable contract is key to defining practice and EMR vendor rights and responsibilities, the OSMA worked with The Coker Group, a nationally recognized firm that specializes in healthcare consulting, to identify terms and conditions that would help protect physicians' rights in the EMR contracting process.

Craig W. Anderson, MD, President of the OSMA, says that the Standards of Excellence Program will help make the EMR decision-making process much easier and give practices more confidence in their EMR decision: "We are very pleased to be able to offer this ground-breaking program to our members. Not only will members have access to EMR vendors that have physician-friendly contracts, but these vendors also have committed to offering our members discounts on their EMR products. We are very appreciative of the fact that this group of vendors are willing to work with us to encourage the use of EMRs in Ohio."

Jeffery Daigrepont, a Principal with The Coker Group, says 30% of their projects are spent reinvigorating or removing failed EMR systems. He states that the OSMA Standards of Excellence program will help avert much of the risk associated with some of these failures. He also stated, "It says a lot about the vendors who are willing to step up and participate in a program like this. It truly helps level the playing field for physicians."

Both Dr. Anderson and Mr. Daigrepont caution, however, that while standardizing contract terms among vendors is a big step in the right direction, each EMR contract should still be thoroughly reviewed as it may need to include practice-specific objectives that would be impossible to cover in a standard contract.

To help physicians address this issue, The Coker Group is providing an initial contract and quote validation review at no charge to OSMA members. The request must be made through the OSMA.

The OSMA anticipates that its Standards of Excellence Program will be very well received by its members.

"I would like to commend the OSMA for developing such a tremendous program that will help physicians purchase EMR systems. Because EMR systems are such a critical and costly decision, physicians cannot afford to get it wrong. Having the OSMA Standards of Excellence will greatly reduce the risks involved. It would be difficult for us to even consider a vendor that is not willing to participate and agree to the OSMA terms and conditions in the Standards of Excellence Program," said Troy Simon, CEO of Midwest Community Health Associates, located in Bryan, Ohio.

To be recognized as a participant in the OSMA's program, vendors must agree to meet the Standards of Excellence criteria. This includes such items as transfer of ownership of software licenses, amount and timing of deposits and payments, and the cost of future licenses.

Also, at a minimum, the EMR vendors participating in the OSMA's program must be certified by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT).

About OSMA

The Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) is a statewide association representing over 20,000 Ohio physicians, residents, medical students and physician staff. It is dedicated to improving the practice of medicine for physicians, their staff and patients, by advocating their position, saving them time and money, and promoting the medical profession. For more information, please visit

About The Coker Group

The Coker Group is a national consulting firm based in Atlanta Georgia, with offices in Philadelphia and Dallas. The Coker Group has no financial ties to any vendors. For more information, go to:

About Midwest Community Health Associates

Midwest Community Health Associates is a multi-specialty medical group with 11 locations located in northwest Ohio. Forty-six physician owners and more than 20 consulting physicians, along with 230 support staff, provide 24 medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties to more than 70,000 residents in northwest Ohio, northeast Indiana, and southwest Michigan.

Standards of Excellence Vendors


Allscripts (Nasdaq: MDRX) is the leading provider of clinical software, connectivity and information solutions that physicians use to improve healthcare. HealthMatics(R) Electronic Health Record is the preeminent EHR solution for small and mid-sized physician practices looking to improve clinical and administrative processes. A flexible and easily customizable solution for primary care and specialty practices, HealthMatics EHR streamlines clinical workflow by intuitively following the patient care process. Highly rated Client Services, including 24/7/365 Support and thorough Implementation Management, will help ensure a success during the transition to an EHR. Visit us at or call 888-672-3282.


e-MDs Solution Series is an integrated suite of administrative, financial, workflow, and clinical software solutions which help create an efficient paperless medical practice. Purchased separately or together, e-MDs software solutions help transform your medical office by improving workflow and increasing physician income, while creating an environment that fosters optimum patient care.

Greenway Technologies

Greenway Medical Technologies is a leading provider of single database electronic health record (EHR), practice management and interoperability solutions and on-demand services for physician practices and hospital community HER strategies. Greenway's 2007 CCHIT Certified EHR solution, PrimeSuite(R)2007 r2, streamlines a practice's clinical, financial and administrative processes.

iMedica Corporation

iMedica PRM PM/EHR technology leadership (Microsoft .NET) provides the most robust single application and single database solution. Ease-of-use provides physicians patient eye contact while charting: tap, type, dictate, or annotate into patient records. Providers chart at the speed-of-thought, code, and bill immediately. Robust replication functionality enables access to information anytime anywhere regardless of network connectivity. Disaster recovery and preparedness functionality alleviates concerns via iMedica's replication and iMedivault(TM) Portal services. Our template free design allows enhancements to workflows while alleviating the complexities of building or managing templates. PRM's intelligent navigation and adaptive learning technology provide efficiency toolsets that make charting intuitive and accurate - even "oh by the ways" are documented with ease.


Misys Healthcare -- part of the global application software and services company, Misys plc -- 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. The Misys MyWay(R) solution delivers full-featured capabilities for EMR (electronic medical records), practice management and claims management in one integrated package designed to boost clinical and business performance.


Intergy EHR by Sage electronic health records system is designed to complement the workflow of each individual physician. It keeps track of multiple patients, open charts, laboratory results, electronic prescriptions, and care guidelines-- all in one intuitive, easy-to-use window. Orders Management allows physicians to combine all actions related to an order - e.g., lab orders, results analysis, and scheduling appropriate follow up - all into a single, cohesive task for improved. Intergy EHR is single-database integrated with the Intergy by Sage practice management system, for enhanced charge capture. Visit or call (877) 932-6301.

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