Joint venture including AMA subsidiary offers web-based services to doctors

A subsidiary of the American Medical Association is teaming up with Covisint--a technology vendor that has been helping the association develop a physician portal--and my1HIE, a health information exchange operated by several Michigan IPAs, to give Michigan physicians access to a range of cloud-based health IT applications.

The AMA subsidiary, Amagine, and its partners will offer doctors interoperable IT products and tools such as electronic health records, e-prescribing and online continuing medical education materials. The idea is to help physicians select an EHR, show meaningful use for federal health IT incentives, and collaborate with colleagues online, regardless of what system they're using.

Earlier, the AMA had signed agreements--although it didn't endorse any products--with NextGen and Ingenix CareTracker for EHRs; DrFirst for e-prescribing; Quest Care360 for lab ordering and e-prescribing; WellCentive for patient registries; and Dell for email and data storage, as well as computer discounts. It wasn't immediately clear which of these vendors are involved in the current Michigan project involving the IPAs. But an Amagine press release says that doctors can choose from more than 20 health IT solutions and resources, including three EHRs.

According to Covisint, any physician may purchase the joint venture's service, which will be available at a discount to members of the AMA and the Michigan State Medical Society.

To learn more:
- read this announcement from Amagine (.pdf) 

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