AmerisourceBergen, the giant pharmaceutical wholesaler, has announced today it has entered into business alliances with electronic medical records software developer Allscripts and online personal healthcare record-keeper Medem in advance of the January 2006 rollout of the Medicare Part D prescription drug program.
AmerisourceBergen, based in Chesterbrook, Pa., ranks 23rd on the Fortune 500 list of companies and reports more than $54 billion in revenues annually. According to news statements, under the deal with Chicago-based Allscripts, the companies "will focus on delivering healthcare providers with authorized electronic access to patient-medication records and drug monitoring across the continuum of healthcare ... an early step toward creating the interoperable medication record." AmerisourceBergen is acquiring the rights to distribute licenses for Allscripts' IT products, including its e-prescribing software.
Medem, based in San Francisco, was founded in 1999 by the American Medical Association and a group of specialty medical societies, which now counts 48 medical societies as partners, to develop an online personal health record. Medem claims its iHealthRecord service is used by more than 100,000 outpatient facilities and physician offices. Under the new alliance, AmerisourceBergen will offer Medem's iHealthRecord to its provider customers, mostly inpatient facilities, and will help providers meet the medication reconciliation requirements of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, which also go into effect in January 2006.