WESTBOROUGH, Mass.—August 22, 2011—eClinicalWorks®, a market leader in ambulatory clinical systems, today announced that providers associated with Austin, Texas, Seton Healthcare Family have each received an $18,000 check from the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) after successfully attesting for meaningful use, the maximum amount allowed for 2011.
These incentives were established by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) to reward medical providers who successfully demonstrate meaningful use of an electronic health records (EHR) system in ways that improve the quality, safety and effectiveness of patient-centered care. Providers receive these incentives after successfully completing attestation for Stage 1 of meaningful use.
“We chose to pursue the meaningful use incentives early on because of the close ties that the quality improvement goals have with our own objectives,” said Gerry Lewis, CIO of Seton. “Using eClinicalWorks has not only helped us successfully attest, but the system has also improved efficiencies and quality of care in our organization.”
Helping its customers through the attestation process, eClinicalWorks provides eClinicalWorks Meaningful Use, Adoption and Quality (MAQ) Dashboards free of charge. To further meaningful use education, eClinicalWorks is conducting a series of RoadShows across the nation for medical providers, clinical staff and office administrators, with 30 shows already occurring and approximately 25 more planned in 2011. These are free interactive sessions on all 25 requirements of meaningful use and also demonstrate new features. There are also daily free Webinars educating customers on this topic. With the MAQ Dashboards, RoadShows, Webinars, newsletters, Meaningful Use Assessment and others, eClinicalWorks has developed tools and educational resources to aid providers in becoming meaningful users.
“eClinicalWorks focuses on providing a preventative-care oriented, comprehensive system that helps providers deliver a higher level of care,” said Girish Kumar Navani, CEO and co-founder of eClinicalWorks. “We have been diligent in ensuring that not only our system meets all of the meaningful use criteria, but also that our customers are educated on the guidelines. eClinicalWorks MAQ Dashboards make it easy for doctors to attest. We are excited for Drs. Parthasarathy and Pruitt as well as all of our customers who have successfully attested.”
On July 13, 2010, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department released the final rule on meaningful use of an EHR under the HITECH Act. Signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009, the HITECH Act authorizes CMS to provide a reimbursement incentive for physician and hospital providers who demonstrate the meaningful use of an EHR.
eClinicalWorks® is a privately held leader in the ambulatory clinical systems market. The company’s unified electronic medical record (EMR) and practice management (PM) solutions are proven for every market segment: large practice groups, including Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, as well as medium, small and solo practices regardless of specialty. The company enjoys high profitability with a five-year compounded growth rate of more than 100 percent year-to-year. With an established customer base of more than 55,000 providers and 250,000 healthcare professionals across all 50 states, eClinicalWorks has been awarded multiple top industry honors including being named to the Inc. 5000 in 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007. Based in Westborough, Mass., eClinicalWorks has additional offices in New York City, Pleasanton, Calif. and Alpharetta, Ga. More information on eClinicalWorks can be found at www.eclinicalworks.com or by calling 866-888-6929.