Companion Technologies, the healthcare information technology venture of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, has taken over development of its flagship electronic medical records product from a former partner. It will debut a new version under a new name at the TEPR trade show next month.
In what Companion Technologies spokesperson Elizabeth Hammond calls an "amicable parting of the ways," the Columbia, S.C.-based company said this week that it ended a three-year relationship late last year with EMR developer MedicWare, Irwindale, Calif.
"The agreement was that Companion could take what was developed up through the end of last year and re-brand it," Hammond says. Companion had been the exclusive distributor of the MedicWare EMR.
Companion will unveil its re-branded product, CompanionEMR, on May 12 at TEPR in San Antonio. TEPR, which stands for Toward an Electronic Patient Record, is the annual clinical IT conference of the Newton, Mass.-based Medical Records Institute.
Companion says its EMR has roots that go back 12 years.
Hammond says that Companion will continue to support MedicWare for existing customers until it converts current users to CompanionEMR by June.