Costco launches EHR and PM technology for physician practices

Membership wholesale club Costco has launched hosted electronic heath record and practice management software for member physicians, developed in partnership with Troy, N.Y.-based Etransmedia and Chicago-based Allscripts.

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Officials say initial demand in test markets has led to this nationwide launch. The technology includes the ONC-ATCB-certified Allscripts MyWay EHR and PM software solutions, featuring a Web-based patient portal, training and implementation services. Costco intends the suite, fully hosted with maintenance and support, to be a simple, comprehensive and affordable package for physician practices.

"With the early success of this program, we can now offer nationally, through Costco, an ARRA-certified software and service solution to help physicians qualify for up to $44,000 in federal stimulus," said Etransmedia Chairman Vikash Agrawal.

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John Conlon, Costco's director of the EHR/PM service, said the offering is meant "to help bring value and simplify the decision process for Costco Members owning or operating a medical practice. Our goal was to select an electronic health record and practice management solution for our members based on Costco's traditional approach to pricing – large volume purchases of inventory and then pass the savings on to our members."

The suite is available to Costco Executive members for $499 per month.