AMA, Ingenix Working Together to Help Physicians Adopt and Implement Electronic Health Records

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Mar 04, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Ingenix and the American Medical Association (AMA) are working together to help physicians use health IT systems to enhance patient care, simplify administration and improve clinical efficiency.

As part of this collaboration, the AMA has selected Ingenix CareTracker(TM) as the first electronic health records (EHR) system offered through the AMA's new online health information solutions platform for physicians. The AMA platform will enable physicians to assess and meet their clinical and practice needs. It will provide physicians access to information, products and services with a single, secure sign-on.

The AMA platform, which will launch nationwide later this year, is currently being beta tested in Michigan in collaboration with the Michigan State Medical Society.

"Increasing use of EHRs and health information technology overall will be essential to improving patient outcomes and reducing the administrative burdens on doctors," said AMA Immediate-past Board Chair Joseph M. Heyman, M.D. "Ingenix CareTracker is an excellent example of a health information technology that will help advance physicians' adoption of tools that will enhance care quality and improve patient safety."

"Ingenix and the AMA will help doctors adopt health IT systems that reduce time spent on administrative tasks and enable them to devote more of their time to patient care," said Bill Miller, executive vice president of Healthcare Delivery Systems at Ingenix. "Ingenix CareTracker integrates patient medical records and e-prescribing tools into the physician's workflow. By selecting CareTracker for its platform, the AMA is helping physicians make smarter, more practical decisions about technologies to support their practice."

Miller added that Ingenix CareTracker can help physicians demonstrate "meaningful use" of an EHR system, which is necessary to qualify for up to $44,000 in federal incentives, provided through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, to implement the technology.

Ingenix CareTracker is an affordable, Web-based practice management and electronic health record solution that requires no expenditures for IT, hardware or maintenance. The ability to integrate patient medical records and e-prescribing tools into the regular workflow is one of the capabilities physicians will find most useful as they participate in the AMA's health solutions platform.

With CareTracker, physicians can also enter, retrieve and correlate patient information at the point of care. The CareTracker system fully integrates with all the operational functions of a physician practice, simplifying administrative tasks, such as billing, scheduling and documentation.

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