e-MDs Receives 2010 Surescripts White Coat of Quality Accolade

Vendor recognized for upholding quality e-prescribing standards and improving safety of care.

AUSTIN, Texas, July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- e-MDs, the provider of the nation's most highly rated electronic health record (EHR), is pleased to announce they have been awarded a 2010 Surescripts White Coat of Quality for upholding the highest quality of standards in e-prescribing.  The Surescripts White Coat of Quality is a critical part of Surescripts' overall quality program, designed to ensure the safety benefits of EHRs and e-prescribing are fully realized.  By receiving a White Coat of Quality, e-MDs Solution Series is recognized as a product capable of increasing safety, improving efficiency and reducing the cost of healthcare for all users.  

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e-MDs demonstrated their commitment to providing quality e-prescribing and health information technology by satisfying Surescripts' White Coat of Quality criteria for 2010.  e-MDs provided a signed commitment from company leadership affirming their commitment to quality, measured quality metrics as specified in the published industry guidelines, reported those metrics to Surescripts each month, implemented changes to software that addressed issues identified in quality reporting, and raised prescriber awareness through training.  

Receiving the White Coat of Quality for e-MDs Solution Series provides further validation of the physician-founded, physician run company's continued pursuit of technical excellence and usability; important requirements for doctors who are being increasingly dependent upon technology in their offices.  This accolade adds to the numerous recognitions e-MDs has received over the last year including ONC-ATCB Meaningful Use Certification for all 44 Clinical Quality Measures as well as the optional Accounting of Disclosures measure, selection by the majority of regional extension centers that have created some form of vendor short list, and numerous top rankings in independent surveys, including receiving two 2010 Best in KLAS awards for Ambulatory EHR (2-5 physician) and Practice Management (2-5 physician).

"The Surescripts White Coat of Quality is a critical part of Surescripts' overall quality program and we congratulate e-MDs on their achievement," said David Yakimischak, Chief Qualify Officer for Surescripts. "The Surescripts network monitors quality in a way that has never been done before – by defining, measuring and analyzing the safety, accuracy and completeness of the electronic prescriptions that flow through it. This enables Surescripts to collaborate with EHR vendors and pharmacies on continuous improvements to the prescribing process -- from the time a prescription is first considered by the prescriber to the time the medication is dispensed and all points in between. In addition to maximizing the improvement in patient safety that comes from e-prescribing, the quality program helps realize the full benefit of e-prescribing in terms of efficiency and cost savings."

"I am proud of our team for developing an e-prescribing application that has a proven ability to significantly reduce prescribing errors," stated Michael Stearns, MD, president and CEO of e-MDs.  "High quality e-prescribing tools, used in a meaningful way, are having a positive impact on patient care by reducing medical errors.  However, e-prescribing software tools must be fully functional and used in a way that takes advantage of the patient safety features built into advanced modules.  We are very pleased that the White Coat evaluation process developed by Surescripts has allowed us to demonstrate our commitment to quality."

e-MDs will continue to focus on their commitment to safety and quality of care, as well as providing an efficient US-based support staff that is always available to customers.  

For more information on e-MDs, please visit www.e-MDs.com.  

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About e-MDs

e-MDs is a leading developer of integrated electronic health records and practice management software for physician practices and enterprises.  Founded and actively managed by physicians, the company is an industry leader for usable, connected software that enables physician productivity and clinical excellence.  e-MDs software has received continual top rankings in physician and industry surveys including those conducted by the American Academy of Family Physicians and KLAS.  For more information, please visit www.e-mds.com, www.facebook.e-mds.com, and twitter.com/emds

About Surescripts Industry-Wide Quality Program

E-prescribing increases safety, improves efficiency and reduces the cost of healthcare for all. Surescripts industry-wide quality program ensures these benefits are fully realized. The program is made possible by a nationwide network that can monitor prescription quality in a way that has never been done before – one capable of defining, measuring and analyzing the safety, accuracy and completeness of the health information that flows through it. By collaborating with pharmacists, physicians, technologists and Six Sigma Black Belt experts, the quality program aims to achieve 100 percent reliability in e-prescribing process –– from the time a prescription is first considered by the prescriber to the time the medication is dispensed and all points in between. For more information, contact the Surescripts Quality Office ([email protected]) and visit our blog at www.surescripts.com/eprescribingquality.

SOURCE e-MDs

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