LOS ANGELES, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MedInformatix, Inc. announced today the availability of an affordable, yet robust meaningful use solution that enables one- to three-physician practices to attain Stage 1 Meaningful Use goals and objectives under The Federal Government's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for Health Information Technology.
The lower priced package, offered for significantly less than MedInformatix's full featured Meaningful Use components, includes an Electronic Health Records (EHR) module, E-Prescribing module, Meaningful Use Patient Portal and Meaningful Use Reporting Module to accommodate a small practice's future growth. Most notably, its features enable small doctors' offices over the next five years to receive incentive payments of as much as $44,000 per provider when their facilities implement certified technology by 2012.
Practices that wait beyond next year to implement certified technology receive lower incentives, while those that fail to comply by 2015 face financial penalties of as much as five percent in the form of CMS reimbursement reductions. MedInformatix was among the industry's first vendors to achieve certification under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)' Office of National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT's Stage 1 Meaningful Use under ARRA.
The company's meaningful use solution for small practices is available with and without the fully integrated Practice Management (PM) module.
"In addition to the financial incentives, this package provides smaller practices with many of the same functions and capabilities of our fuller featured MedInformatix EHR," said Michele Jones, MedInformatix Chief Marketing Officer. "Its installation and set up is identical. And, unlike scaled downed systems from other vendors, our small practice meaningful use package provides 10 times the features and overall power."
In line with Stage 1 meaningful use requirements, MedInformatix's package, among other capabilities, enables small practices to record patient demographics, maintain and easily update current and active diagnoses, record and chart vital signs, report clinical quality measures to CMS or States, protect and electronically exchange key clinical information among care providers, and generate medical condition-based for quality improvement.
Its e-RX module meets as many as three meaningful use core objectives, including electronically prescribing and refilling medications, which qualifies practices to receive a Medicare bonus. MedInformatix EHR for small practices minimizes paper usage, eliminating lost charts and illegible medical documents while providing patients with timely electronic access to health information within four business days.
MedInformatix began offering its small practice meaningful use package last month to prospects and clients, extending its lower price to existing users. Initial response has been overwhelmingly positive.
"In addition to addressing Stage 1 requirements, our small practice meaningful use package enhances workflow by creating a complete, seamlessly integrated solution," Jones said. "Our customers report overall improved operations which, over time, will result in ever improving patient outcomes…the most important Stage 1 goal of all."
Stages 2 and 3 of meaningful use will address additional information exchange capabilities, including overall quality, safety and efficiency toward an improvement in the U.S. population's overall health.
Developments are currently underway for Stage 2 Meaningful Use criteria.
MedInformatix, Inc. (www.medinformatix.com) is a leading national provider of fully integrated Electronic Health Records. The products have been built around MedInformatix's 25 years of workflow expertise. MedInformatix's suite of products is designed on a single database using Microsoft SQL. Whether the client is a single physician who went live in 1994, a 13-location cardiology practice, the busiest radiology practice in Manhattan, or one of 15 other serviced specialties, MedInformatix accommodates their needs. MedInformatix can turn the dream of a paperless, integrated practice into a reality.
MedInformatix Version 7.5 is now certified to meet 2011-2012 criteria supporting Stage 1 Meaningful Use requirements under the American Recovery and Reinvestment act (ARRA) as a Complete EHR by the Drummond Group.
This Complete EHR is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ATCB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments."
MedInformatix, October 22, 2010, Version 7.5, 1022201024238, Clinical Quality Measures: NQF0013, NQF0421, NQF0041, NQF0024, NQF0028, NQF0038, NQF0059, NQF0061, NQF0064. Additional software used: TrueCrypt v2.0, email software, spreadsheet software.
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