An American Medical Association subsidiary, the vendor the AMA is using to develop a physician Web portal and an information technology collaboration involving several Michigan independent physician associations have teamed up to offer interoperable IT access to Michigan physicians.
AMA group, Covisint, docs team for IT products
Amagine, the AMA subsidiary, announced that Covisint, a Detroit-based subsidiary of Compuware Corp., and my1HIE, the health information exchange developed by the Bingham Farms, Mich.-based United Physicians clinically integrated IPA, have created an arrangement to offer interoperable IT products and tools such as electronic health records, e-prescribing and online continuing medical education materials.
Brett Furst, Covisint vice president of healthcare, described the arrangement as offering "one consistent opportunity" for physicians to select an EHR, meet federal meaningful-use criteria to qualify for IT subsidies and collaborate with colleagues regardless of whether they use the same IT system.
He added that this offering is geared toward physicians in independent practice.
"If you're a staff physician, you're most likely to adopt the technology the hospital acquires," Furst said. "If you're an independent physician and you refer to multiple hospitals, you pick the technology that best suits your workflow and we'll supply interoperability."
Covisint spokesman Doug Anter said any interested physician may purchase the service, which will be available at a discount to AMA and Michigan State Medical Society members. He referred questions on pricing to the AMA and my1HIE, whose representatives were unavailable for comment by deadline.
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