AMA adds partners to Web portal project

New products for physicians will include a diagnosis support system and a clinical order entry system.

By Pamela Lewis Dolan — Posted Feb. 2, 2010

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London-based Isabel Healthcare Inc. and Glen Rock, N.J.-based LifePoint Informatics have signed on with the AMA as vendor partners to offer technology solutions on the AMA's Web portal. The physician portal is expected to launch nationally later this year. It is being tested now in Michigan.

The AMA's physician portal, developed by Covisint, a subsidiary of Detroit-based Compuware Corp., will provide a one-stop shop for doctors seeking tools and resources to implement in their practices. The portal will allow all adopted technologies to be accessed from one online entry point.

Isabel will make available its PRO brand diagnosis support system. The system was developed 10 years ago as a response to the near-fatal misdiagnosis of 3-year-old Isabel Maude, the daughter of one of the company's co-founders. She developed toxic shock syndrome and necrotizing fasciitis as a complication of chicken pox. The physician who treated Isabel in pediatric intensive care is another co-founder of the company.

"Isabel PRO is an award-winning diagnosis decision-support system that can help physicians make faster, data-driven decisions at the point of care," said Joseph M. Heyman, MD, immediate past chair of the AMA Board of Trustees, in a prepared statement. "Adopting new health information technologies like Isabel PRO can help physicians enhance care quality and improve patient safety."

LifePoint will be offering its clinical order entry system through the portal. The system, called LifePoint.WEB, is an online data storage system that can be used to access patients' lab results and other reports. The system is intended to help reduce billing errors, and help physicians order appropriate tests and procedures.

"Adopting new health information technologies like LifePoint.WEB can help physicians enhance care quality and practice efficiency," said Dr. Heyman.

Other technology partners that will be offering systems on the AMA's platform include Allscripts and DrFirst, both e-prescribing systems, and Microsoft Corp., which will make access to its personal health record platform, HealthVault, available through the portal.

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