Value-Added-Reseller FoxFire Systems Group’s Expertise in Optometry and Eclipsys’ Strength in Helping Clients Prepare for Expected ARRA “Meaningful Use” Requirements Key to Selection
ATLANTA, Jul 12, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Eclipsys Corporation (NASDAQ:ECLP), The Outcomes Company(R), today announced that Eclipsys’ PeakPractice(TM) electronic medical record (EMR) solution recently received preferred provider endorsement by the National EyePA Coalition (NEyePA), a large independent physician association (IPA) representing 4,900 optometrists and ophthalmologists in 28 IPAs in 26 states. Under terms of the endorsement, FoxFire Systems Group, a South Dakota-based value added reseller (VAR) of PeakPractice with a strong reputation in providing education, consultation and system implementation to its clients, will be the preferred EMR provider to the IPA.
“We selected Eclipsys’ PeakPractice solution because it is backed by a large enterprise vendor with a strong health information exchange (HIE) strategy and a positive track record for helping clients look to the future to achieve significant outcome improvements,” said Dr. Dave Reynolds, Executive Director of the NEyePA. “In addition, PeakPractice is the only EMR in our market that is CCHIT certified, instilling even more confidence in the interoperability and information exchange capabilities the solution will provide to our optometrists.”
New Capabilities Needed to Achieve “Meaningful Use” and Avoid Reimbursement Impact
According to Korry Petterson, president of FoxFire Systems Group, optometrists will find themselves under increased pressure to meet the expected “Meaningful Use” requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), not only in 2011, but through 2015. “If providers haven’t adopted an EMR by 2015, they will start to see reductions in their Medicare reimbursements,” explained Petterson. “The reality is that approximately 40 percent of patients seen by optometrists are on Medicare, yet a predominant amount of optometrists still use paper documentation to track their patients.”
PeakPractice appeals to a wide variety of physician specialties, such as optometry, because the state-of-the-art technology enables users to customize specific workflows based on how they practice medicine. Eclipsys’ PeakPractice is an integrated, award-winning, .NET-based ambulatory EMR solution that includes e-prescribing, patient portals, patient kiosk, image management and a Web portal for physicians and patients. By selecting PeakPractice, members of the IPA also will be equipped to utilize Eclipsys’ vendor-neutral HIE platform, Eclipsys HealthXchange(TM), powered by Medicity, another important capability given that optometrists frequently refer patients to other specialists such as endocrinologists and ophthalmologists.
PeakPractice solution (version 1093) is a CCHIT Certified(R) 08 Ambulatory electronic health record (EHR), and meets the Certification Commission’s EHR criteria for office-based use. The CCHIT Certified “seal of approval” for EHR products provides a consensus-based, government-recognized benchmark for ambulatory EHR products. By looking to products with the CCHIT Certified seal, physicians and other providers can reduce their risk in selecting an EHR product, allowing them to focus their evaluation on the special needs of their practices.
“We congratulate Korry and FoxFire Systems Group for the dedication that led to earning the respect and trust of the NEyePA,” said Jay Deady, Eclipsys’ executive vice president of Client Solutions. “Optometrists play an important role as gatekeepers in the physician community, frequently referring patients to other specialists. By supporting NEyePA members to realize their clinical innovation and business goals, FoxFire Systems Group and Eclipsys’ PeakPractice EMR solution will be playing an important role in connecting the larger care community across the nation.”
The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT(R)) is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the public mission of accelerating the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology. The Certification Commission has been certifying electronic health record technology since 2006. More information on CCHIT, CCHIT Certified(R) products and Preliminary ARRA certified technology is available at http://www.cchit.org and at http://www.ehrdecisions.com. “CCHIT(R)” and “CCHIT Certified(R)” are registered marks of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology.
PeakPractice is an award-winning Microsoft .NET-based ambulatory EMR solution offering an integrated database designed to tightly align the clinical and administrative workflows of single, multi-specialty or multi-facility environments. PeakPractice includes e-prescribing, patient portals, patient kiosk, supply chain management, image management and a Web portal for physicians and patients. The solution is highly scalable and can be delivered via a hosted service model or run on-site in the client’s own environment.
About FoxFire Systems Group
FoxFire Systems Group provides electronic medical record and practice management systems and related products and services that offer practice analysis, financial control, improvement of patient outcomes, and peak efficiency for the healthcare industry and end-users. For more information, see http://www.foxfiresg.com.
Eclipsys is a leading provider of advanced integrated clinical, revenue cycle and performance management software, clinical content and professional services that help healthcare organizations improve clinical, financial and operational outcomes. For more information, see http://www.eclipsys.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Statements in this news release concerning the implementation of and features and benefits provided by Eclipsys solutions and ARRA qualification are forward-looking statements and actual results may differ from those projected due to a variety of risks and uncertainties. Implementation and client-specific configuration of Eclipsys software can be complex and time-consuming. Results depend upon a variety of factors and can vary by client. Each client’s circumstances are unique and may include unforeseen issues that make it more difficult than anticipated to implement or derive benefit from Eclipsys software or services. The success and timeliness of the company’s services will depend at least in part upon client involvement, which can be difficult to control. ARRA qualification requires compliance with standards that are still evolving, and satisfaction of those standards may be delayed. More information about company risks is available in recent Form 10-Q and 10-K filings made by Eclipsys from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Special attention is directed to the portions of those documents entitled “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.” Eclipsys, The Outcomes Company, PeakPractice and HealthXchange are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Eclipsys Corporation (or its subsidiaries) in the United States and certain other countries. Other product and company names in this news release are or may be trademarks of their respective companies.
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