The American Medical Association will offer remote-hosted electronic health-record and practice management systems from NextGen Healthcare Information Systems through the AMA's information technology platform, according to a news release from NextGen.
The EHR and PMS will be provided using the software-as-a-service delivery model on a subscription basis, according to the release. The AMA announced in April 2009 that it was developing the platform with technical assistance from Covisint, a division of Detroit-based Compuware. The platform is being tested in Michigan. It is expected to debut nationwide next year, according to the news release.
Pricing for the NextGen EHR and practice management systems was not disclosed. NextGen, based in Horsham, Pa., is a subsidiary of Quality Systems, Irvine, Calif.
NextGen will be the second EHR offered through the AMA platform. In March, the AMA announced that Ingenix, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, Minnetonka, Minn., would offer its CareTracker EHR service through the AMA system. The electronic prescribing software developer, Dr. First, also has signed up to be part of the AMA platform offerings.
The various IT vendors will host their own services, according to Brett Furst, vice president of healthcare at Covisint. Meanwhile, Covisint will provide a single sign-on for physicians; interconnectivity among the various applications and outside organizations, such as labs; and a consistent user interface, Furst said.