HIMSS 08 | EMRs: Adoption grows as features broaden

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Electronic medical record (EMR) adoption is somewhere between 25 and 37 percent, according to various sources. That number is sure to move higher as national and state government push to turn those old paper files into EMRs that provide thorough patient information anywhere, anytime. Web-based solutions, which provide the means for multiple, off-site access, continue to grow. As systems mature, vendors are providing more add-on features.

Agfa HealthCare (Booth 7763) is highlighting  its Orbis Clinical Information System which includes Orbis Live as a foundation for any facility’s EMR and encompasses administrative processing including admission/transfer/discharge, order entry, results reporting, document management and general and administrative admission. Orbis Care offers a clinician charting and documentation module.

Athenahealth (Booth 2081) is showcasing its EMR software, athenaClinicals, a service approach to physician billing, practice management and EMR. It combines intuitive web-based EMR and practice management software, a database of payor and clinical rules, and billing.

Eclipsys (Booth 2063) is exhibiting Sunrise Enterprise, its EMR suite of enterprise solutions. The underlying Eclipsys XA architecture and ObjectsPlus/XA application development technology integrate financial, clinical and access solutions.

eHealth Global Technologies (Booth 4446) is introducing its HealthLoader service to assist healthcare institutions in transforming legacy data into digital systems, such as PACS, EMRs or other clinical information systems. The service interfaces with a healthcare facility’s existing IT systems. It provides a digital bridge to migrate data from one digital system to another.

GE Healthcare (Booth 737) is exhibiting Centricity EMR, a CCHIT-certified EMR for ambulatory care physicians and clinical staffs to use for patient documentation. It provides quality outcomes reporting, imbedding nationally accepted care guidelines at the point of care within the clinician’s current workflow. The company also is showcasing its Centricity EMR for Specialty Care.

Misys Healthcare Systems (Booth 1601) is introducing its new hosted EMR solution, Misys MyWay. The company is providing product updates related to its enterprise EMR and smal practice EMR, offering physicians a choice and enabling them to pick a model that fits their needs. Misys also is providing information on creating connected healthcare communities through its Open Source initiative, Misys Connect.

RelayHealth (Booth 2663) is introducing Results Distribution Service (RDS), which connects hospital lab, pathology and radiology results directly to an EMR or via the web to a physician’s office.

Siemens Medical Solutions (Booth 3681) is exhibiting MedSeries4 Clinical Suite, a healthcare information system designed for community hospital organizations. Patient data are readily accessible from any internet connection or wireless handheld device for the most current, integrated view of patient information. MedSeries4 uses clinical decision support rules, alerts, and reminders that help prevent errors by checking for contraindications between medication orders and patient information. Also being showcased is Soarian Critical Care, which addresses the clinical, financial, and operational workflow challenges of the critical-care team by proactively interfacing medical devices and information.

Spring Medical Systems (Booth 3807) is introducing SpringCharts EHR Version 9.5 that provides doctors with remote access to their medical files in real-time without the need to continuously “synch up” as many programs require. SpringCharts is one of the only systems which can be used in Mac or Mac/Windows combination offices; and is the only solution for Linux platforms.