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Next week, Kryptiq, a solutions provider for health care transformation, will release the newest version of the CareManager product suite, an award-winning disease registry solution that provides physicians with the information they need to ensure effective preventative care and timely interventions. CareManager 3.3 is equipped with additional tools that extract, reformat, and display population and patient-specific data from EHRs including filtering capabilities, which dynamically sort patients by custom requirements within existing modules; heart failure module; osteoporosis module; updates to the diabetes module; and updates to the coronary heart disease module.

Novant Health has selected Microsoft Azyxxi to improve health care delivery, joining the growing list of leading health institutions that want to get the most out of existing IT investments. Novant will implement Azyxxi throughout the enterprise, initially focusing on intensive care units and emergency departments and then expanding throughout its eight acute care hospitals and an 800-physician medical group. With Azyxxi, physicians will have a single point of access to all data, including lab results and video, from across the entire organization in one location. Caregivers will also be notified of critical information and status changes through automatic real-time updates. Azyxxi reduces the amount of time spent filling out paperwork and can eliminate human errors caused by repeated transfer and re-recording of information.

athenahealth has announced that Practice Management Associates, Inc. (PMA), a leading emergency department management company, has selected athenahealth’s practice management and billing service, athenaCollector, for several of PMA’s hospital emergency departments and clinics throughout the Southeast including Virginia, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Combined, PMA’s facilities handle over 220,000 patient visits per year.

HL7’s EHR technical committee has opened public comment on the personal health record system (PHR-S) functional model. HL7’s PHR-System Functional Model, with its potential to be the first industry standard to specify functionality for PHR systems, offers guidelines that facilitate health information exchange among different PHR systems and between PHR and EHR systems. HL7 invites the public to comment on the PHR-S FM to ensure that a broad range of industry stakeholders’ interests are considered. Members and non-members of HL7 can submit comments through Thursday, September 13, 2007 via the EHR area of the HL7 website ( The PHR-S FM is expected to be balloted later this year to become an approved standard.

Columbia University Medical Center physicians selected Allscripts electronic health record for Columbia’s outpatient physician group and planned community-based Independent Practice Association. The agreement is the largest in Allscripts history and the latest example of the company's leadership among the nation’s top academic medical centers. The web-based EHR from Allscripts will automate everyday clinical tasks such as prescribing medications and documenting patient visits, while electronically connecting physicians, residents and support staff. The EHR will allow Columbia’s physicians to access patient information anywhere at anytime and provide robust tools for documentation and orders. 

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