Vendor Notebook: Practice Fusion brings social media to its EMR

By Mike Miliard
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Practice Fusion has launched a HIPAA-compliant messaging feature within its EMR to enable physicians, nurses and medical providers to communicate with colleagues outside their practices. Officials say the service replicates intuitive social media-style messaging to improve medical collaboration and ensure the continuity of patient care.
 
GE Healthcare announced it has received FDA clearance of Q.Freeze, one of the PET/CT quantitative imaging technologies designed to enable treatment evaluation earlier in a patient’s cancer treatment. Q.Freeze combines the quantitative benefits of 4D phase-matched PET/CT imaging, MotionMatch, into a single static image.
 
Intelligent InSites announced that its InSites Connect RTLS mobility solution is now available in Apple’s App Store. This solution will enable healthcare providers to improve their workflow processes, positively impacting quality of care and increasing staff satisfaction. InSites Connect for the iPhone enhances the use of real-time location information and other workflow-related messaging to improve staff efficiency at the point-of-care.

Welch Allyn announced its corporate headquarters in Skaneateles Falls, N.Y., has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The company recently completed a four-year, $35 million expansion and renovation project at its State Street facility-home to over 1,200 employees.

Crowell Systems and nSpire Health have announced a bi-directional interface connecting patient electronic records to pulmonary lung testing equipment. This interface is a valuable tool for allergy and asthma doctors, officials say. All of the information generated from the spirometer each time the patient is tested is now stored into Medformix. The historic results are graphed to illustrate the patient's trending over time.

NextGen announced an agreement with Minnesota Eye Consultants to deploy NextGen Ambulatory EHR and NextGen Practice Management across its enterprise. The ophthalmology group joins a growing number of eye clinics currently served by NextGen Healthcare, including more than 500 ophthalmology practices nationwide, representing more than 52 percent of the market.
 
WebPT announced a new revenue cycle management service in addition to its EHR system for physical therapists. Leveraging a team of deeply experienced billing specialists; WebPT is now offering a complete, turnkey solution to make billing and collections more efficient. Electronic documentation of billable services and demographics will flow directly from the WebPT EHR system to a dedicated billing team, which will handle claims processing, reimbursement management and accounts receivable.
 
MetricStream announced that Lancaster General Health, an award-winning regional healthcare provider, has chosen MetricStream Policy Management Solution to strengthen its compliance program. MetricStream will enable the healthcare provider to consolidate and organize enterprise-wide policies and procedures on a centralized GRC Platform for greater efficiency in policy management, tracking, collaboration and accountability.

Brainware and Ascend Software announced that Rotech Healthcare, an Orlando, Fla.-based provider of medical equipment and services, and Crouse Hospital, a major healthcare provider based in Syracuse, New York, have selected a combined Brainware and Ascend solution for accounts payable (AP) automation.
 
MediClick announced the implementation of MediClick for Contracts & Analysis (C&A) at Lifespan, a five-hospital health system based in Rhode Island. C&A consolidates disparate spend data from multi-facility organizations like Lifespan so supply chain leaders can more easily identify and execute optimization opportunities in conjunction with established  clinical value analysis processes.

NoMoreClipboard.com announced an agreement with Healthx, Inc. to provide best-in-class personal health records (PHRs) to health plans and employers. The addition of the NoMoreClipboard PHR will add value to Healthx self-service communication and data integration portals that serve more than 130 payer organizations and 39,000 groups, officials say.
 
TeraMedica announced that Jefferson Radiology, P.C. will implement TeraMedica's Evercore Enterprise Vendor Neutral Architecture (VNA) in early 2012. Specifically, Jefferson Radiology will utilize TeraMedica's Evercore Smartstore DICOM module. The complete deployment includes eleven regional imaging facilities throughout Connecticut.

SRS announced that Culicchia Neurological Clinic has selected the SRS EHR and SRS Patient Portal for its 17 providers and 3 locations. Culicchia Neurological Clinic has 3 offices in the New Orleans, La., area and provides high-quality neurological care to patients in the region.

DIA announced the launch a new website, www.diahome.org, with a more robust, user-friendly online experience. This first phase of the new website reflects many years of planning, design, and refinement, dedicated to providing customers and members with a new and improved online experience, officials say.
 
GE Healthcare IT announced the availability of Centricity EDI Services 5.4, an eligibility, claim, and remittance clearinghouse for hospitals and physician practices. Officials say the release, which seamlessly connects with GE’s revenue cycle management products (Centricity Business, Centricity Practice Solution, and Centricity Group Management), streamlines complex billing workflows by electronically connecting providers to virtually any payer.

Henry Schein MicroMD announced that San Antonio Gastroenterology Associates (SAGA) is implementing MicroMD PM + EMR version 7.6 at its 11 Texas-based locations, representing 12 providers and five physician assistants. The implementation of MicroMD is scheduled to go live at the end of April, officials say.

DataMotion announced the next generation of its DataMotion Platform. Available as a public, private or hybrid cloud solution, the platform-as-a-service (PaaS) makes it simple for organizations to reduce the cost and complexity of delivering electronic information to employees, customers and partners in a secure and compliant way.

SRS announced that Southern Orthopaedic Surgeons has selected the SRS EHR for its 11 providers. Southern Orthopaedic Surgeons has 4 office locations providing high-quality orthopaedic services to patients throughout central Alabama.

Integrated Healthcare Strategies announced the opening of a new office in Palm Springs, Calif. The addition of this new office and talent allows the firm to better serve the needs of its clients located on the West Coast, officials say. In addition to the new Palm Springs office, the firm has offices in Dallas, Kansas City, and Minneapolis. 

CareCloud announced that OrthoNow, a new orthopedic urgent care franchise based in Miami, Fla., has selected CareCloud’s cloud-based practice management technology solution, CareCloud Central. OrthoNow urgent care centers are focused on providing patients with immediate assessment and management of any orthopedic or sports medicine problem, including offering the ability to perform on-site surgery.

BRIT Systems has been awarded the DIN-PACS III (Digital Imaging Network  - Picture Archiving and Communications System) contract by the U.S. government, allowing BRIT to sell PACS and related devices, including their Critical Test Results Management (CTRM) solution, to all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs  (VA) facilities. It is an indefinite quantity / indefinite delivery (ID/IQ) contract good through January 2014, with extension available through January 2017.