MedAptus' point-of-care solution suite strengthened via integration of Zix Corporation's PocketScript e-Prescribing application

Salt Lake City 16 May 2005PocketScript, an e-prescribing application from Dallas-based Zix Corporation, is now generally available through the MedAptus solution suite. In addition, Dedham Medical Associates (DMA), a multi-speciality group practice located in greater Boston, has agreed to deploy PocketScript to 71 physicians. DMA is the second MedAptus customer to contract for the integrated solution.

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ZixCorp is a global provider of secure e-messaging, e-prescribing, and e-transaction applications and services. Its PocketScript solution enables physicians to write and generate e-prescriptions through wireless handheld devices directly to the pharmacy. The system also includes real-time formulary information, drug-to-drug and drug-to-allergy interaction checking, a drug reference guide, and a patient's dispensed drug history.

MedAptus delivers solutions that improve the revenue cycle, connecting an organisation's financial goals to physicians' clinical needs and the well-being of its patients. Integrated with a practice's existing scheduling, registration, and billing systems, its charge capture offering supports coding and compliance at the point of care. In addition to professional charge entry and e-prescribing, the suite also allows users to manage daily schedules, review and retrieve patient demographic and history information, dictate notes, access medical reference material, order lab tests, and review results.

DMA first implemented MedAptus' charge capture in 2002. As a result of usage, physicians at DMA have significantly improved their capture of gross charges while the practice simultaneously streamlined its billing process. All of this led to a per-physician financial benefit of more than $20.000 in just one year.

"We are thrilled with the technology successes of DMA, one of our very first customers. The practice truly exemplifies the MedAptus vision of the stepwise approach to EMR implementation, which is anchored by charge capture", stated Dennis Mitchell, president and CEO of MedAptus. "The experienced revenue gains driven by charge capture strongly contributed to DMA's ability to make new investments in best-of-breed clinical information technology solutions, like PocketScript, as a first step on its path to a full EMR."

The interoperability of e-prescribing and charge capture provides for the sharing of patient information and communication between the two applications. This greatly improves physician productivity, and more importantly, supports effective and appropriate decision-making during the patient encounter.

"We are encouraged by the response we've seen to our partnership with MedAptus only three months after initially announcing the completion of our integration efforts", stated Rick Spurr, chief executive officer for ZixCorp. "Clearly health care organisations are interested in pursuing a phased-approach to technology investment. This empowers groups to select the applications capable of solving their business problems in a sequence that makes sense for administrators, physicians, and even their patients."

"We initially selected MedAptus largely due to our need to adopt solutions incrementally - the design of the MedAptus suite was well-suited to our long-term plan", added John Parker, CEO of DMA. "Our decision to deploy e-prescribing next is largely due to the quality, productivity, and efficiency benefits it is likely to yield as well as a minimal learning curve that should be rapidly eliminated due to our providers' comfort level with technology."

Zix Corporation provides easy-to-use-and-deploy e-communication services that protect, manage, and deliver sensitive information to enterprises and consumers in health care, finance, insurance, and government. ZixCorp's eSecure services enable policy-driven e-mail encryption, content filtering and send-to-anyone capability while its eHealth services improve patient care, reduce costs, and improve efficiency through e-prescribing and e-lab solutions. More news on Zix can be found in this VMW issue's article Methodist Health System in Omaha to select Zix Corporation e-mail encryption.

MedAptus believes that in order for point-of-care technologies to make sense, they must be easy to use, deliver a demonstrable return on investment and also leverage an organisation's current information technology investments. In addition to practice-proven electronic charge capture, MedAptus also offers integrated dictation, powerful clinical content, electronic prescribing, ambulatory orders, and results viewing. Enterprises that have deployed MedAptus solutions have realized millions of dollars in increased revenue, improved organisational productivity, and enjoyed enthusiastic physician adoption. More information on MedAptus is available in the VMW May 2002 article MedAptus signs various partnerships to implement mobile charge capture and coding tool.


Leslie Versweyveld

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