Costco launches EHR and PM technology for physician practices

By Mike Miliard
11:04 AM

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.