Misys joins American Academy of Family Physicians Partners for Patients Initiative

Raleigh 16 March 2004Misys Healthcare Systems has joined the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) in its goal to provide quality electronic health record (EHR) products to family physicians. Misys Healthcare Systems signed a Declaration of Support for Partners for Patients, an initiative in which health care IT vendors work with the AAFP to ensure that patients receive the most timely, appropriate and efficient medical care possible. As part of this initiative, the AAFP stresses the need for quality EHR solutions that meet four principles: affordability, compatibility, interoperability, and data stewardship in the hands of the physicians.

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"At the AAFP, we're very serious about helping to make EHRs and other health information technology more affordable and standardized for our members and other physicians' practices", stated David C. Kibbe, M.D., director of the AAFP Center for Health Information Technology. "We greatly appreciate the support from Misys for a principle-based, industry-wide approach to these goals. Misys is a long-time leader in this field, and is again demonstrating its leadership."

"We're proud to be included in this important initiative that helps broaden the adoption of EHR systems", stated Marc Winchester, Misys Healthcare Systems' senior vice president of market development. "Partners for Patients emphasizes that the utilization of electronic health records not only benefits a practice from a work flow and efficiency standpoint, but EHRs also benefit patients by ensuring accuracy and helping reduce medical errors."

In support of the Partners for Patients initiative, Misys offers discounts of up to 39 percent for AAFP members purchasing Misys EMR, its ambulatory electronic medical records solution that improves access to patient information and expedites record keeping processes. The product, which integrates with a physician office's existing practice management system, provides electronic capabilities for routine tasks such as transcription, imaging, orders management, messaging and prescription writing, as well as a wireless point-of-care solution for physicians in the examination room.

Established in November 2003, the AAFP's Partners for Patients outlines four basic principles that guide the initiative and serve as the foundation for the adoption of health information technology by family physicians. The principles are:

  • Affordability: Recognizing the limited capital available to family physicians in small medical practices, the AAFP's partnering firms will discount their prices and work with the AAFP to increase the volume of their sales for software and hardware.
  • Compatibility: Compatibility will be achieved through efforts to standardize connectivity interfaces between office-based systems, such as the EHR, and key information resources for electronic prescribing, laboratory result reporting and hospital information systems.
  • Interoperability: Interoperability standards, such as the Continuity of Care Record, will be jointly developed by the AAFP and partnering companies to permit seamless data exchange among physicians, other providers and patients.
  • Data stewardship: Data stewardship will become an increasingly important challenge as larger amounts of physician-generated health information are collected, stored and managed in systems and databases across the country. These data must be protected, kept secure and used only for ethical purposes that support the highest values of the medical profession.

Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians represents more than 93.700 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical speciality organisation devoted solely to primary care.

In addition, Misys Healthcare Systems announced eight medical practices that recently selected Misys' electronic medical records (EMR) solution. Seven of these practices also selected Misys' practice management system, Misys Tiger, which fully integrates with Misys EMR.

These new customers include: Arapahoe Gastroenterology, Littleton, Colorado; Arizona Preferred Primary Care, Tempe, Arizona; East Brainard Medical, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Florida Keys Pediatric and Adolescent Center, Key Largo, Florida; Mid-Atlantic Surgical Associates, Richmond, Virginia; Northwest Spine & Pain Center, Ashland, Oregon; and Savannah Medical Specialists, Savannah, Georgia. The eighth practice, Strand Orthopaedic, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, currently uses Misys' practice management solution and recently added Misys EMR to their system.

Misys EMR works with a practice's previously installed practice management system or can be integrated with Misys Tiger, a Windows-based practice management system that allows them to manage the administrative needs of their practice more effectively. Misys solutions are currently being used in more than 55 key specialities in more than 18.000 medical practice locations across the United States.

Misys Healthcare Systems develops and supports reliable, easy-to-use software and services of exceptional quality that enable physicians and caregivers to more easily manage the complexities of health care. With more than 20 years experience in the industry, Misys Healthcare Systems, a division of Misys plc, currently serves more than 92.000 physicians in 18.000 practice locations, 1200 hospitals, 600 home care providers and hundreds of commercial laboratories, clinics, managed services and other related organisations. More news on Misys is available in the VMW March 2004 article Misys introduces Misys Optimum to support physicians and caregivers across the continuum of care.


Leslie Versweyveld

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