Greenway Medical Technologies and Other Healthcare Information Technology Leaders Collaborate to Create Working Model of Ambulatory Interoperability

Wednesday, June 11, 2008 General News
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CARROLLTON, Ga., June 10 Greenway Medical TechnologiesInc. will showcase its ability to exchange real-time, standards-based clinicalhealthcare data with other participating healthcare information technologycompanies including IBM, Initiate Systems and NextGen Healthcare InformationSystems at the upcoming National Health IT Week in Washington D.C. the week ofJune 9, 2008.

An Integrating the Healthcare Experience (IHE) showcase, taking place onThursday, June 12, will highlight how healthcare information technology (HIT)companies such as Greenway(R) and its integrated electronic health record(EHR) solution, PrimeSuite(R), are able to interoperate with other HITcompany's systems to facilitate the secure exchange of a patient's clinicalinformation from one medical practice to another.

The IHE showcase will demonstrate a real-time, standards-based exchange ofhealthcare information using a common scenario of a patient with a healthcondition who needs to be seen by multiple providers. The scenario willdocument the process as the patient moves through numerous care settings,showing that interoperability is no longer a concept but rather a workingmodel that will revolutionize the communication of healthcare data betweendisparate providers.

In February 2007, the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel(HITSP) approved the Continuity of Care Document (CCD), which set standardsfor interoperability that enabled clinical data to be transportable, thusenhancing patient safety and efficiency. Acting upon this documentation,Greenway developed its EHR solution to meet the CCD standards forinteroperability. Greenway's PrimeSuite serves as an interactive dataintegration tool designed to collect patient-centric information from otherambulatory care vendors that are certified by the Certification Commission forHealthcare Information Technology (CCHIT(R)).

National Health IT Week 2008 is the leading forum for developing commonground to advance adoption of the health information technologies that aretransforming healthcare in the U.S. today. The week brings together healthcareinformation technology and interconnectivity companies, hospital and providerorganizations, payers, pharmaceutical/biotech firms, government agencies,industry/professional associations, and consumer protection groups. DuringNational Health IT Week, these public and private entities collaborate toadvance Health IT adoption with "one voice, one vision."

"Greenway has been dedicated to the creation and sustainability ofstandards-based interoperability for many years and we are excited to see thisinteroperability extend beyond the testing environment and into the realworld," said Justin Barnes, vice president of marketing and government affairsfor Greenway. "This announcement highlights Greenway's leadership in the HITindustry and we look forward to advancing healthcare initiatives that increaseefficiency, enhance patient safety and save lives."

The push for interoperability has also picked up steam on local and statelevels with programs such as the North Carolina Healthcare Information andCommunications Alliance (NCHICA), a nonprofit consortium that works with itsmember base of North Carolina healthcare providers to advance healthcareissues through the promotion of HIT initiatives.

NCHICA member and Greenway customer, Southern Pines Women's Health Center,has collaborated on several projects that promote health information exchange(HIE) initiatives and serves as a grassroots champion of interoperability,realizing firsthand the benefits of a solution that allows practices acrossthe nation to electronically exchange patient information.

"The ability to share clinical information amongst the medical providersin a patient's care continuum is a milestone we are all anxious to reach,"said Mark Rea, IT coordinator at Southern Pines Women's Health Center

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