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HIMSS EHR Association Elects New Leadership

The HIMSS EHR Association recently announced the election of its new chair and vice chair, along with executive committee election results based on voting by the full membership during May and June. The association is comprised of 44 companies that supply the majority of EHRs used in hospitals and physicians practices in the United States.

Carl Dvorak, executive vice president of Epic Systems, has been elected to the position of chairman, and Charles Jarvis, vice president of healthcare services and government relations for NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, has been elected to the vice chair position. Dvorak was a founding member of the association, now in its fifth year. He also served on the executive committee from 2004 to 2006 and was reelected in 2009. Jarvis was first elected to the executive committee in 2007 and has also served as chair of the communications workgroup, the government initiatives workgroup, and the ambulatory special interest group.

Reelected to the executive committee for two-year terms are Rick Reeves, senior manager of product development services at CPSI, who has served as certification workgroup chair and on the executive committee since 2006; Jacob Reider, MD, chief medical informatics officer of Allscripts, who has served as chair of the quality and clinical-decision-support special interest group and vice chair of the acceleration workgroup, and joined the executive committee earlier this year to complete the term of a former Allscripts representative; and Mickey McGlynn, director of government and industry affairs for Siemens, who is current chair of the government affairs workgroup, where she has served since 2008. Pamela Chapman, director of clinical product management for eMDs, also joins the executive committee as a new member with a one-year term.

— Source: HIMSS EHR Association


Surescripts Announces Eight Software Vendors’ Gold Solution Provider Status
Surescripts recently announced that eight vendors representing nine physician software products have completed gold certification. The resulting Gold Solution Provider status is granted to vendors with software products that have surpassed Surescripts’ baseline product certification to meet criteria that demonstrate a higher-level commitment to e-prescribing.

The following vendors have achieved Surescripts Gold Solution Provider status for their respective products:

Gold Solution Provider status recognizes physician technology vendors that are advancing e-prescribing and healthcare interoperability with customers in the United States. This certification is designed to recognize physician technology vendors’ products that leverage the complete resources and capabilities of Surescripts and its network to improve the safety, efficiency, and quality of the prescribing process.

To utilize the Surescripts network, prescribers, pharmacies, and pharmacy benefits managers must use software that has completed the Surescripts certification process. This process ensures that the software is able to send and receive electronic messages in accordance with industry standards and that it provides open choice for medication selection and dispensing location. Additionally, certification focuses on patient safety, efficiency of the electronic prescribing process, and ease of use by end users.

— Source: Surescripts


Sage Selected as Preferred Vendor by New York eHealth Collaborative
Sage North America Healthcare division, a provider of EHR and practice management software, has been named a preferred vendor by the New York eHealth Collaborative Regional Extension Center (NYeC REC), one of the largest nonprofit RECs in the country. The Sage Intergy EHR system will be available to all NYeC’s participating providers.

As part of the nationally subsidized program, NYeC recently received $27 million in federal funds provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to help New York state providers adopt EHRs to improve patient care. NYeC will provide recommendations, insight, and step-by-step technical assistance to healthcare providers to assist their efforts in implementing the technology upgrades to qualify for meaningful use incentives.

NYeC is part of an extensive network of 60 RECs that serves as a neutral source for EHR- and HIT-related information as providers seek to navigate EHR options and select vendors that meet meaningful use requirements. NYeC performed an analysis of vendors in the HIT landscape prior to recommending solutions to its physician base. Sage is one of five vendors selected to serve NYeC’s members.

— Source: Sage North America