CARROLLTON, Ga., July 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc., provider of the integrated, single-database electronic health record (EHR), practice management and interoperability solution PrimeSUITE, has established industry leadership in the advancement and success of the Regional Extension Center (REC) initiative through committed resources in development, thought leadership, collaborative marketing and the successful achievement of meaningful use at the heart of REC practice conversion from paper-based systems.
"Since the advent of the Regional Extension Centers and the Health Information Technology Research Center, we recognized the importance of committing our resources to help bring every targeted provider and practice into the umbrella of advanced healthcare if we are to truly create a national health information network," said Greenway® President and CEO Tee Green. "Doing so goes way beyond simply selling an EHR solution."
NYC REACH functionality
Upon being named in April, 2010 by the New York City REC as a preferred EHR partner, Greenway has been collaborating with NYC REACH to deliver innovative and tailored public health reporting solutions through Greenway's cloud technology to further the REC's role in connecting its region and expanding interoperability.
"The NYC Health Department has been working closely with Greenway to develop more public health functionalities for extension center members. When this work is complete, Greenway users will receive public health alerts specific to their patients and feedback from the health department on their quality measures. By receiving important health alerts in the EHR, Greenway users will have critical information when they need it, when the patient is in the office," said Dr. Jesse Singer, executive director of development, NYC Health Department Primary Care Information Project.
Film subject selects Greenway
Following selection in September, 2010 by the Massachusetts e-Health Institute as a preferred EHR solution, Greenway's PrimeSUITE was selected by Northgate Medical PC, a five-provider primary care practice in Springfield, Mass., now the subject of an ongoing documentary series on REC program fulfillment.
"Massachusetts e-Health walked us through a variety of programs and services designed to help us successfully adopt an EHR system and eventually achieve meaningful use," said Jose Azocar, MD. "From there we solicited demonstrations from seven or eight EHRs. We selected PrimeSUITE because the clinical functions were more intuitive and adaptable to our practice."
Azocar and his practice is featured in a testimonial documentary being produced by the Massachusetts e-Health Institute's Regional Extension Center that plans to follow his practice through the EHR selection, deployment and training process to detail the collaboration between the REC and its preferred EHR solutions which is fundamental to the program's fulfillment.
"We have been practicing in this location for 15 years and see 80 to 100 patients a day, most of them have been patients for 15 years and we have complex patients, so you can imagine the amount of paperwork," said Azocar. "To organize the practice on an EHR, PrimeSUITE was attractive from every point of view from a clinical side, and because we want to include our billing and charge capture into the EHR's integrated platform."
Greenway takes industry leadership roles
At HIMSS 12 this Spring in Orlando, Justin Barnes, Greenway vice president of marketing, industry and government affairs, participated with newly appointed National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM, at an REC Town Hall to assess the program's progress and future strategies in line with those of the Health Information Technology Research Center (HITRC).
Barnes has also been appointed co-chair of the national REC Community of Practice (CoP), made up of REC administrators, ONC executives, EHR Association members and other certified EHR software providers, to foster EHR adoption best practices, specific EHR training and implementation pathways, and establish effective communication channels between the RECs and its targeted providers.
"It is clearly vital that the REC programs remain healthy and sustainable past the initial two-year grant periods, and there are many ways to achieve that as health IT innovations and quality reporting programs put forth by ONC and CMS continue," said Barnes, chairman emeritus of the EHR Association. "Our goal at the CoP is to advance the REC mission and merge its successes into the construction of upcoming accountable care models, for example, to integrate overall healthcare goals."
REC majority selects PrimeSUITE
Overall, the REC program has been granted $667 million to create 62 RECs connecting 100,000 providers in the conversion process from paper-based systems and to achieve meaningful use, targeting primary care practices, critical access hospitals, community health centers and related healthcare organizations in predominantly underserved areas. To date, nearly 40 RECs have established operations, with more than 80 percent including Greenway and PrimeSUITE 2011 as a solution of choice or option for their targeted physicians.
About Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc.
Greenway Medical Technologies provides innovative EHR, ambulatory healthcare and clinical research business solutions and services to more than 27,000 healthcare providers nationwide, in 31 specialties and subspecialties, by enhancing the delivery of patient care through advanced health IT software and on-demand services that allow physician practices to function at their highest level of efficiency in group practice, IDN, REC, HIE, IPA, Accountable Care Organization (ACO) and Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) settings. Established in 1998, Carrollton, Ga.-based Greenway is a privately held company with more than 480 employees.
About PrimeSUITE 2011 Meaningful Use Certification
PrimeSUITE® 2011 is an ONC-ATCB Complete EHR. The 2011/2012 criteria supports the Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). This Complete EHR is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments. PrimeSUITE 2011 was certified on October 14, 2010, certification number CC-1112-699072-1 for clinical quality measures NQF 0421, 0013, 0028, 0041, 0024, 0038, 0031, 0032 and 0034.
Review complete details of PrimeSUITE 2011's meaningful use certification on CCHIT and ONC websites: http://www.cchit.org/get_certified/ONC-ATCB-Certified-2011-2012 and http://onc-chpl.force.com/ehrcert.
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