The Medical Society of the State of New York has named e-MDs, an Austin, Texas-based electronic health-record system provider, as a vendor partner in its effort to "encourage and facilitate" EHR adoption.
N.Y. medical society partners with e-MDs
To be considered for participation in the preferred-vendor program, companies were asked to complete a 20-page functionality matrix of their EHR services. Five "EHR-proficient physicians" reviewed the responses, according to an e-MDs news release.
"We needed to flush out important processes, which if omitted by the vendor could result in medical errors and place the patient at risk by introducing adverse medical complications,” Dr. Salvatore Volpe, the society's health information technology chairman, said in the release.
Other companies previously selected as preferred vendors by the 30,000-member society include Athenahealth, eClinicalWorks, Greenway, MDLand and Sage North America. The society is the third-largest state physician organization, behind the 45,000-member Texas Medical Association and the 35,000-member California Medical Association. HIT Arkansas, the state's health information technology regional extension center, also has chosen e-MDs as a preferred vendor under a program in which selected companies offer doctors their products under a vetted contract with a negotiated based price, according to an e-MDs news release.
Last month, Sage Healthcare entered into a similar arrangement with the 9,000-member Medical Society of Virginia. Compuware Corp. subsidiary Covisint did the same with the 16,000-member Michigan State Medical Society. This continues a trend of medical societies partnering with technology companies to help their physician members meet meaningful-use criteria and qualify for federal EHR subsidies.
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