NextGen receives certification, innovation award

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NextGen Healthcare Information Systems has received GoldRx certification status from SureScripts. Operators of the Pharmacy Health Information Exchange, SureScripts formally recognized NextGen’s GoldRx certification status at a press conference during HIMSS07 in New Orleans last week. GoldRx certification status is awarded to SureScripts e-Prescribing partners who demonstrate that they are truly advancing electronic prescribing and healthcare interoperability by going above and beyond the partnership requirements.

GoldRx status mandates that physician software and service providers meet a number of benchmarks for “live” customer deployments – with new physician users and within a technology provider’s existing installed base. GoldRx certification also requires technology providers to implement changes to product workflow based on feedback and best practices from physicians at hundreds of practices around the country.

Also during HIMSS07, NextGen received, along with Joslin Diabetes Center, the 2007 Microsoft Healthcare Users Group Innovation Award in the Disease Surveillance category. The companies were recognized for their use of the NextGen EMR to manage data that can drive more effective treatment plans for preventing and managing complications from diabetes.

According to Robert Calway, vice president, Clinical Services, Joslin Clinic, "We chose NextGen EMR because of its adaptability and interoperability. NextGen's template editor allows Joslin to customize the software to mirror the unique requirements of providing care to patients with diabetes. We've seen immediate results in both our ability to provide care to the individual patient, via customized patient care plans and monitoring of patient performance against recognized standards of care, and our ability to undertake large-scale population management.”

Joslin also has been able to monitor clinical risk indicators and develop individualized patient care plans, increase the number of patients receiving appropriate screening and preventive procedures, create alerts for patients overdue for specific services, become accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA), and integrate systems with their clinical partner, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, for access to shared data to facilitate clinical care at both facilities.