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AMA adds web-based EMR to portal project

Physicians may download MedPlus' Care360 through Amagine, the Association's single sign-in platform.

By Pamela Lewis Dolan — Posted Nov. 2, 2010

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MedPlus, the health information technology subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics, has entered into an agreement with the American Medical Association to offer its EMR product Care360 on the AMA's new online physician portal platform.

Care360 is a web-based EMR product that physicians may download and use through the AMA's single sign-in platform, Amagine, which will host a variety of health IT solutions. Care360 offers such features as e-prescribing, labs, clinical decision support and clinical encounter documentation.

"Our goal is to provide flexible technology that lets physicians choose what they want when they want it, so that they can migrate to a full [EMR] solution at their own pace -- and at a price they can afford," said Richard A. Mahoney, vice president of health care information solutions for Madison, N.J.-based Quest Diagnostics and president of MedPlus.

The AMA has vetted the products offered on Amagine. Products include e-prescribing and practice management systems. Once downloaded, a practice's chosen systems are available with a single log-in.

"The AMA platform will help physicians make a smooth transition to an [EMR] by offering unique access to the tools and resources that can help improve the quality, efficiency and delivery of health care," said AMA Secretary Steven J. Stack, MD, in a prepared statement. "We selected Care360 because of its functionality and modular approach to implementing health information technology."

The platform, which is being tested in Michigan, will be available nationally in 2011.

Other technology partners in the AMA's platform are Microsoft Corp, which is granting access to HealthVault, its personal health record platform, and the e-prescribing systems Allscripts and DrFirst. NextGen and Ingenix are also offering ambulatory EMR systems on the platform. Isabel, a decision-support tool, will be made available.

Voltage Security will provide secure e-mail communication. The technology platform on which the portal runs was developed by Covisint, a subsidiary of Detroit-based Compuware Corp.

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