IDX Information Technology experts selected for Certification Commission work groups for the Ambulatory EHR Project

Burlington 31 January 2005Two information technology experts from IDX Systems Corporation have been selected to participate in an industry organisation that will help drive the realization of a national health information network (NHIN) in the United States. These senior members of IDX will contribute to an initiative encouraging the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) nationwide. The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) selected Rich Elmore, IDX Vice President of Research and Development, and Eric Rose, MD, IDX Physician Consultant, as members of the organisation's work groups charged with developing a voluntary certification process for ambulatory EHR products.

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Founded by three industry associations in health care information management and technology, the CCHIT mission is to accelerate the adoption of robust, interoperable health care information technology throughout the United States by creating an efficient, credible, sustainable mechanism for the certification of health care information technology products. Ambulatory EHR products are of special interest to CCHIT because these systems bring the benefits of a lifetime electronic health record to outpatient settings, including physician practices of all sizes.

As members of CCHIT work groups, Elmore and Rose were chosen from 270 applicants to help draft initial certification requirements and procedures to support a pilot certification process targeted for summer 2005. Elmore brings significant expertise in health care IT software development to the interoperability work group, which will focus on enabling standards-based data exchange among sources of health care information.

Rose is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Biomedical and Health Informatics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He has long-term experience with EHRs and is active on a regional and national level in promoting their use in primary care. He will serve on the functionality work group, which will establish features and functionality that will be required for clinical information system certification.

"Meeting the federal government's goal of widespread adoption of interoperable electronic health records in ten years will require tremendous commitment from the health care IT industry", stated James H. Crook, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, IDX Systems Corporation. "We work closely with customer organisations that are using health care IT to improve patient safety, reduce medical errors, streamline work flow and lower costs, providing best practice examples of the power of IT to improve patient care. We look forward to contributing our expertise to the important initiative of interoperable electronic health records across the nation."

IDX is involved in a number of initiatives related to both policy development for the national health information network and vendor-to-vendor collaboration. In addition to involvement with CCHIT, IDX has become a founding member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) EHR Vendor Association. The association was created by vendor members of HIMSS to help foster adoption of clinical information systems in inpatient and ambulatory environments through vendor-to-vendor collaboration. IDX also has been actively engaged in several policy-focused industry organisations including the Center for Health Transformation, Connecting for Health, and the eHealth Initiative.

IDX has a 25-year history of developing and implementing EMRs, beginning with a prototype designed to capture patient information across the nation for the United States Public Health Service. Today, the next-generation IDX Carecast clinical information system continues the IDX track record of highly reliable technology that supports a patient-centric electronic medical record. IDX customers include numerous private sector health care organisations that are experts in the use of electronic health records and span ambulatory and inpatient environments, large geographic regions and multiple states. IDX customers demonstrate many of the best practices and capabilities that can be used to facilitate greater collaboration among health care providers on electronic health records.

Within the past two years, IDX also announced several significant new contracts related to government-sponsored electronic health records initiatives. In the United Kingdom, IDX was selected to provide its enterprise-wide clinical software solution as a subcontractor to BT and Fujitsu Services, Local Service Providers for the United Kingdom National Health Service's National Programme for Information Technology, an initiative to establish electronic patient records for 50 million patients.

In the United States, IDX is providing its IDX Flowcast Combined Business Office solution for the electronic medical records system of VHA Healthcare System of the Ohio Veterans Integrated Service Network, which includes four major medical centres and 23 outpatient clinics. Led by Unisys Corporation, the Patient Financial Services System Project includes optional plans for expansion throughout the VHA nationwide.

Carecast is a patient-centric clinical information technology platform that combines core clinical processes for orders, results, pharmacy and clinical documentation with administrative and financial processes for scheduling, registration, admitting, charging and billing. Carecast creates a longitudinal patient record that can be shared among providers throughout the health care enterprise and enables rapid access to patient records across the care continuum, from admission to discharge, including inpatient and ambulatory care. In addition to providing better care for individual patients, many Carecast customers are using the system as the basis for community health initiatives that can improve care for entire populations.

Developed by and for providers in collaboration with hospitals, clinicians and health care executives, Carecast builds on 25 years of innovation with the IDX LastWord enterprise system. The system delivers unsurpassed response time and reliability to support fast-paced clinical environments. Customers include health care organisations in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Founded in 1969, IDX Systems Corporation provides information technology solutions to maximize value in the delivery of health care, improve the quality of patient service, enhance medical outcomes, and reduce the costs of care. IDX supports these objectives with a broad range of complementary and functionally rich products installed at 3300 customer sites. Customers include 138.000 physicians who utilize practice management systems to improve patient care and other work flow processes.

IDX software solutions are installed at 380 integrated delivery networks (IDNs) representing more than 500 hospitals; 175 large group practices with more than 200 physicians; and 665 mid-size group practices with less than 200 physicians. The IDX Web strategy includes browser technology, e-commerce and Web-based tools, built using Internet architecture, that facilitates access for patients, physicians and care providers to vital health information and data managed by the IDX clinical, administrative, financial, and managed care products. IDX has approximately 2100 full-time employees. More company news is available in this VMW issue's article IDX earns prestigious Support Center Practices (SCP) Certification for the second consecutive year.


Leslie Versweyveld

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