Sage Healthcare, a unit of Tampa, Fla.-based electronic health-record and practice-management software provider Sage North America, is the latest vendor to announce its participation in the 9,000-member Medical Society of Virginia's Health Information Technology Select program.
Va. med society adds Sage to EHR vendor program
The program aims to help Virginia doctors identify health IT strategies and tools that could fit their practices. Sage and the other participants passed a vetting process and agreed to terms negotiated by the medical society meant to protect physicians from "common contractual pitfalls and legal complications" associated with EHR implementation, according to the society's website. The organization also provides members with staff support to answer product-related questions, assist with vendor relations and troubleshoot technical problems.
Other touted benefits of the program include discounted pricing, a guarantee of federal EHR certification and compliance with meaningful-use requirements, free upgrades and free installations of government-mandated system changes.
Recently, several other state physician organizations have teamed with EHR vendors to offer health IT tools to members. Compuware Corp. subsidiary Covisint has such an arrangement with the Michigan State Medical Society. The American Medical Association and American Academy of Family Physicians also offer health IT resources to members.
"We know physicians encounter many challenges in the EHR implementation process," Rufus Phillips, executive vice president of the Medical Society of Virginia, said in a Sage news release. "In developing this program we were committed to offering our members reliable, tested and competitive EHR vendors with whom they can work."
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