Under the terms of the agreement, Emageon will offer Allscripts TouchWorks Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management (PM) solutions to its 585 health care system and hospital customers for the benefit of ambulatory physician groups affiliated with, or employed by, those hospitals, thereby offering another tool to enhance patient care and lower health care costs for physicians and health care professionals. Additionally, Emageon will provide implementation and first-level support for the combined Allscripts EHR and PM solution to its hospital customers. In the future, both companies plan to provide integration between their respective solutions, enabling physicians who use TouchWorks in ambulatory offices to view images taken in the hospital using Emageon's Enterprise Visual Medical System product platform, including the RadSuite and HeartSuite product lines.
The agreement between the two companies will help address the opportunity created by recent changes to anti-kick-back and self-referral regulations, which govern the scope of hospital-physician relationships. On October 10, 2006 final rules from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) took effect, creating a new safe harbour to the federal Anti-Kickback Statute and a corresponding exception to the federal Stark Act. The new safe harbour and exception permit hospitals to provide their affiliated physicians with electronic health record and electronic prescribing technology. As a result, hospitals are actively seeking EHR and ePrescribing solutions that meet the unique needs of ambulatory physicians. The agreement enables Emageon to offer its hospital customers the industry-leading Allscripts solution, which is used by more than 30.000 physicians in over 3500 clinics nationwide.
"We are delighted to partner with Allscripts in order to provide the Emageon hospital customer base with the industry's best ambulatory EHR and practice management solution so they can offer it to affiliated physician practices", stated Chuck Jett, Emageon Chairman, CEO and President. "The recent changes in the regulatory environment will better enable hospitals to serve as information services providers for more streamlined operations and more complete integration of the electronic health record across the entire continuum of care."
Allscripts Chief Executive Officer Glen Tullman added: "We are excited to be working with Emageon to provide their hospital customers with our ambulatory Electronic Health Record and practice management solution. Hospitals today are challenged to identify information technologies that meet the unique needs of physicians outside the acute care setting, and this new partnership lets hospitals access the best imaging solutions and the best ambulatory solutions to deliver information to physicians at the edge of the network, closest to their patients and thereby improve the quality of care."
Allscripts is the provider of clinical software, connectivity and information solutions that physicians use to improve health care. The company's business groups provide unique solutions that inform, connect and transform health care. The Clinical Solutions Group's award-winning software applications include electronic health record, practice management, electronic prescribing, document imaging, emergency department and care management solutions. Additionally, Allscripts provides clinical product education and connectivity solutions for physicians and patients through its Physicians Interactive Group and medication fulfillment services through its Medication Services Group. More company news can be found in the VMW August 2006 article Bridgewater Goddard Park Medical Associates selects Allscripts Electronic Health Record.
Emageon provides enterprise medical information technology systems for hospitals and health care networks. Its Enterprise Visual Medical System (EVMS) is a family of multi-speciality, advanced visualization and infrastructure tools for the clinical analysis and management of all digital medical images, reports and associated clinical content. Emageon's standards-based solutions are designed to help customers enhance patient care, automate imaging work flow, lower costs, improve productivity and provide better service to physicians. More company news is available in the VMW February 2004 article Emageon to provide Intelligent Visual Medical System to Lourdes Hospital and Wisconsin's ThedaCare.