iChartsMD Announces a Partnership with University of Southern California
(Santa Monica, CA – April 12, 2012) –
iChartsMD announced today that it has partnered with the University of Southern California’s (USC) Keck School of Medicine. iChartsMD will be providing the electronic health record (EHR) software for the school and its medical students. This will provide USC the ability to integrate a Drummond ONC- ATCB certified solution into its curriculum while also supplying the software tools the medical students will need to incorporate into their medial futures.
The Keck School of Medicine at USC is a major medical research facility as well as providing patient care. There are more than 1,200 full-time medical professionals on staff while an additional 4,600 volunteer medical professionals lend their talents. The school is adjacent to the Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, one of the largest teaching hospitals in the country.
About iChartsMD: iChartsMD is a privately held EHR software solution provider based out of Malibu, California. Both doctors and I.T. Professionals carefully developed the iChartsMD technology with over 30 years of expertise. The EHR system integrates patient scheduling, reports and analysis, prescription writing, patient history and billing management made to be accessible from any network, including mobile devices.
Here is some info on the Meaningful Use Stage 2 Proposed Rule
- The meaningful use bar has been raised significantly for Stage 2.
- The earliest that any providers will be subject to Stage 2 requirements is 2014; all EPs operate under Stage 1 requirements for their first 2 years of participation, regardless of when they first enter the program.
- Most measures have higher thresholds, some have increased complexity, and new measures have been added.
- Providers have fewer choices—there are 17 Core Measures that all providers must meet (subject to the same types of exclusions as Stage 1), all Stage 1 Menu Measures except syndromic surveillance become Core Measures, and providers will have to meet 3 of the 5 Stage 2 Menu Measures.
- True interoperability is required—Stage 2 no longer asks providers to test their ability to exchange clinical data, but rather requires them to successfully exchange information on an ongoing basis across organizational and EHR vendor boundaries.
- Providers will be accountable, to some degree, for actions by patients. For example, it will no longer be sufficient to make clinical information available to patients online—in Stage 2, a percentage of patients will have to actually access this information.
- Providers will have the flexibility to purchase just the capabilities that they need to meet meaningful use—e.g., a chiropractor who does not prescribe will not have to have an EHR with ePrescribing capabilities, and a provider who is still at Stage 1 will not have to possess the meaningful use capabilities relevant to Stage 2 (until he gets to Stage 2).
- Providers will report on 12 clinical quality measures, and there will be a broader array of measures from which to choose. One option under consideration would consolidate reporting for meaningful use and PQRS.
- 2015 penalties can be avoided by demonstrating meaningful use in 2013, or for those who enter the program in 2014, by successfully attesting no later than October 3, 2014.
HIMSS 2012 was great. It was held in Vegas, so you know everyone was excited to be there. I was ready to go home by day #2 but thats another story for a later date and time.
We met with partners, Microsoft and Navicure, over lunch/dinner, saw other partners booths’ (Surescripts, Lexicomp), and saw what other EHR companies are doing. We enjoyed the educational sessions, one being the workflow of practices and how an EHR can disrupt it if not created correctly. This was an eye opener because we strive to cater to practice’s workflows and not the other way around. It was shocking to hear that some vendors expect the practices to cater to their system.
I thought it was great that Twitter founder, Biz Stone, gave the keynote speech this year. We need to start thinking outside the box and having Twitter’s presence is a subtle hint to everyone about the importance of connectivity between systems, people, and processes.
We are continuing innovating our EHR product and already have a ton of great product features in the pipeline. Overall, HIMSS 2012 validated my vision of iChartsMD changing the game up!
I look forward to attending many more HIMSS conferences and hopefully one day iChartsMD will be giving the keynote!
Morgan Prakash | Founder, CEO