OCHIN, the Portland, Ore.-based, not-for-profit health provider of electronic health-record and practice-management systems and support services for rural and federally qualified health centers in seven states, has announced it will resell EHR and practice-management systems from Chicago-based Allscripts, according to a news release from OCHIN and Allscripts.
Ore. EHR provider to sell Allscripts systems
Last year, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology approved OCHIN to develop the Oregon Health Information Technology Extension Center, or O-HITEC, under provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. O-HITEC is tasked with helping more than 3,000 Oregon primary-care physicians adopt and meaningfully use EHR systems under the stimulus law's incentive programs, according to the release.
Ten-year-old OCHIN already provides an EHR system and practice-management software from Epic Systems Corp., Verona, Wis., to its community health clients. OCHIN is an organized healthcare arrangement—a data-sharing entity given exemption from patient consent requirements under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.
In a first deal under the Allscripts agreement, OCHIN and O-HITEC will support the four-hospital St. Charles Health System, based in Bend, Ore., in offering an EHR and practice management system and tech support to St. Charles' employed and affiliated physicians, according to the release.
"Our partnership with Allscripts will enable us to expand our reach and provide even greater support to primary-care providers in small practices serving Medicare and Medicaid patients in our targeted markets," OCHIN CEO Abigail Sears said in the release. OCHIN will continue its support for its network of community clinics, but Sears said, "Continuing our commitment to serve the underserved, we will help small independent physician practices avoid the headaches of on-premise software by implementing the Allscripts solution, hosting it over the Internet, and providing excellent first-level support."
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