Misys Healthcare Systems answers the call for interoperability with latest version of its EMR solution

Raleigh 09 February 2006Misys Healthcare Systems, a market expert in health care IT, is showcasing the latest version of its EMR solution, Misys EMR 8.0, at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference in San Diego, California. When released this spring, Misys EMR 8.0 will greatly expand interoperability capabilities and support of health care communities by connecting physicians and patients through automated clinical and practice technology. The solution will integrate and operate seamlessly with other IT systems, enhancing medical practices' revenue through improved billing practices and charge capture.

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"As national health care initiatives like consumer-directed health and pay-for-performance models become more prevalent, practices need solutions that embrace the latest interoperability standards", stated Dr. Joel N. Diamond, medical director of Diamond, Fera, and Associates, a family medicine practice outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "With Misys EMR 8.0, Misys Healthcare Systems has once again listened to its customers and added functionality to its products which help physicians keep pace with today's changing health care system at both local and national levels."

Misys EMR 8.0 will provide medical practices with powerful tools to expand access to patients' care information that is generated from outside their practice - thus improving the usability and value of the electronic medical record. Misys EMR 8.0 captures and stores this data through interfaces that allow for integration with a broad range of systems including Radiology Information Systems (RIS), Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS), medical devices, transcription systems and other document repositories.

This release will also support clinical information sharing across the community to foster and improve patient care, reduce medical errors and ensure health information transportability. Included in this initiative is support for release of information via the Continuity of Care Record (CCR) and access to community-wide health information through Misys Connect. Designed for interoperability and embracing national standards from ASTM International and HL7, Misys EMR 8.0 enables patients' electronic information to follow them as they move in and out of various care settings. This offers tremendous benefits for clinical efficiency and decision-making.

Misys EMR 8.0 also allows practices to take advantage of new revenue opportunities within the consumer-directed healthcare movement through connectivity to Misys PatientLink, a patient Web portal to expand patient communications in a secure Web environment. Misys PatientLink provides patients with a convenient way to engage with their provider in a virtual office visit, pay medical bills on-line, request an appointment and fill out or update registration information on-line. Misys EMR 8.0 will integrate with Misys PatientLink allowing patient-entered clinical data collected prior to the visit to be reviewed by the physician when the patient is seen in the office.

"By providing fast access to patient data, Misys EMR 8.0 sets a new standard in interoperability for the physician practice", stated Rob Kill, president of the Physician Systems business for Misys Healthcare Systems. "Misys EMR provides an expansive array of opportunities for our customers to connect with other information systems to gain greater access to clinical data and subsequently drive greater value to the practice. Better data helps practices operate more efficiently, ultimately saving time and money and delivering a higher level of patient care."

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. Misys' family of leading clinical products and Web-based technologies - Misys Optimum solutions - are designed from the ground up to share patient data across all medical care settings. Misys Optimum connects community-based physicians and caregivers to the acute care enterprise, enabling increased efficiencies, better decision-making and improved hospital-physician relations. More news on Misys is available in the VMW July 2005 article Enhanced Misys Radiology brings enterprise efficiency benefits to diagnostic imaging operations.


Leslie Versweyveld

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