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my1HIE Fuels the Growth of E-Prescribing in Michigan
Date:7/22/2009

BINGHAM FARMS, Mich., July 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- my1HIE(R) (My One Health Information Exchange) -- and the physician organizations who participate in the Health Information Exchange -- have significantly enabled the State of Michigan to achieve a ranking of 3rd nationally for the use of e-prescribing, and is poised to expand its role in Southeast Michigan, the State of Michigan, and beyond.

In a recently-released report, Surescripts, which operates the country's largest national electronic prescribing network, ranks the State of Michigan 3rd in the nation in the use of e-prescribing behind only Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Last year, Michigan was ranked 5th in the nation. A key factor in the growth of e-prescribing in Michigan is the exponential growth of my1HIE(R) -- the largest e-prescription network in the state. my1HIE(R) now has approximately 1,000 physicians, representing six physician organizations who are active users of DrFirst Rcopia electronic prescription management functionality. Together, the network currently generates approximately 120,000 prescriptions monthly, and has logged over 1.8 million e-prescriptions to date.

Physician Organizations that are currently using My Workspace(SM) -- the physician web portal through which my1HIE(R) delivers its online solutions include United Physicians, Olympia Medical Services, Continuum Management Services, Huron Valley Physicians Association, and Oakland Physician Network Services. The Detroit Medical Center has recently selected my1HIE(R) technology and is in the process of integrating My Workspace(SM) into its network. By selecting my1HIE(R) as the Health Information Exchange for their members, Physician Organizations are playing an active role in the use of technology and how their members use it to manage their practices and deliver superior healthcare.

According to Paul Harkaway, MD, President of Huron Valley Physicians Association, "e- prescribing has the greatest short-term potential for patient care improvement and effective use of e-technologies. EMRs have a much longer way to go for a number of reasons. The State of Michigan is number 3 on the use of e-prescribing nationally, but in this case number 3 means less than 10% utilization of this valuable tool. I think we have done as well as we have because organized physician groups like United Physicians have helped doctors implement this in their practices. Other groups like ours have benefited from outside help from Matt Walsh and his team at HAP as well as from the platform that UP and my1HIE(R) have helped us set up.

I don't want to minimize the value of the "incentives" (including Medicare) in motivating docs to put e-prescribing in place, but to me the critical piece that helps bring it forward is a trusted group of physician colleagues helping you deal with the struggles of implementation. That is much more valuable than the financial incentives out there and is probably responsible for much of Michigan's success to date."

"We're delighted with the findings of the Surescripts' report that recognizes the growth of e- prescribing in Michigan. Additionally, we are proud of the fact that my1HIE(R), its participating Physician Organizations, and the physicians who are actively using DrFirst, have made this significant contribution to the ongoing evolution and adoption of technology in the state," said Frank DeLaura, CEO of my1HIE(R). "We will continue to promote the use of e-prescribing for controlled substances, and will work with local health plans to ensure their formularies are readily available and enhance the value of My Workspace(SM) at the provider level."

About my1HIE(R), LLC

my1HIE(R) is a Health Information Exchange, developed by physicians, focused on using technology to facilitate clinical information sharing between physicians and other healthcare entities to improve patient care. Brought to you by your Physician Organization, my1HIE(R) was designed and customized by physicians to increase provider connectivity and allow the community to securely access and exchange vital health information. Available online from any location with an Internet connection, physicians can electronically access e-prescribing, labs, other physicians, patient information, hospitals and health plans, all with the click of a button. Visit www.my1HIE.com.

About DrFirst

Founded in 2000, DrFirst's flagship product, Rcopia, is the nation's leading full-featured stand-alone electronic prescription management system. DrFirst understands that healthcare is an interconnected environment between physician practices, IPAs, hospitals, health plans, pharmacies and others. DrFirst provides healthcare solutions that deliver unique benefits to each type of association while achieving benefits for healthcare as a whole.

DrFirst technology is designed by a management team that includes medical doctors and highly experienced technology specialists acting under the guidance and collective expertise of their Physician's Advisory Board. Utilizing the latest advancements in Internet, security, wireless, web and Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) technology, DrFirst Rcopia can be interfaced with most Practice Management and Electronic Medical Records software, is affordable, intuitive and easily implemented into the provider's workflow. More information about DrFirst can be found at www.drfirst.com.

About United Physicians, P.C.

United Physicians, P.C. is an organization of more than 2,000 physicians, who have medical staff privileges at multiple medical centers throughout Southeastern Michigan. United Physicians serves the professional and economic interests of its members by negotiating and facilitating participation in healthcare plans, providing services that promote quality and efficiency in practice management, facilitating doctor credentialing with health plans, and offering health insurance products. United Physicians is one of only three organizations nationwide to earn certification in multiple categories by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), an independent, non-profit organization that certifies physician organizations and accredits managed care organizations and preferred provider organizations. Visit www.updoctors.com.

About Olympia Medical Services (OMS)

Olympia Medical Services is a 500 member physician organization comprised of all specialties from family practice to surgical sub-specialists. The member physicians are in practices that cover from the southern parts of western Wayne County to many areas in western Oakland County. The principal hospital affiliations are Garden City Hospital and Botsford Hospital. The physicians also have staff privileges at most of the hospitals serving western Wayne, Oakland, and eastern Washtenaw counties. Olympia performs contract negotiations, financial settlements and many other functions that pertain to the insurance plans that serve the Southeastern Michigan community.

About Continuum Management Services (CMS)

Continuum Management Services is a physician billing and management company. Our clients are physician groups seeking revenue enhancing and cost saving services. By our clients sharing practice infrastructure and management expertise, CMS can provide premier services at market competitive rates. Our growth will come at a measured pace so that we do not compromise our ability to provide exemplary service. Visit www.continuum-mgt.com

About Huron Valley Physicians Association (HVPA)

Huron Valley Physicians Association (HVPA) was incorporated in 1985 as an Independent Physician Association (IPA). HVPA has over 750 physician members located in Washtenaw, Livingston, Lenawee, and Western Wayne counties. Approximately 25% of HVPA members are primary care physicians and 75% are specialists. HVPA activities are closely tied to the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS), a member of the Trinity Health System. Visit www.hvpa.com

About Oakland Physician Network Services (OPNS)

Oakland Physician Network Services, Inc. is an independent physician owned and operated corporation comprised of over 425 primary care and specialty physicians. From its location in Oakland County, OPNS serves the medical community by centrally maintaining the infrastructure to support best practices in medical management, office management, and database management. It provides financial and quality analysis and reporting services that assist member physicians in delivering higher quality care and managing costs for more than 15 healthcare plans. Visit www.opns.org.

About Detroit Medical Center (DMC)

The Detroit Medical Center operates nine hospitals and institutes, including Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Receiving Hospital, Harper University Hospital, Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, Hutzel Women's Hospital, Kresge Eye Institute, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Sinai-Grace Hospital, and DMC Surgery Hospital.

Established as a nonprofit corporation in 1985, the Detroit Medical Center is a leading regional health care system with a mission of excellence in clinical care, research and medical education.

The Detroit Medical Center is proud to be the Official Healthcare Services Provider of the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and Detroit Shock.


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