Med Access Clinic Profiled in the Globe & Mail
Great article about a Med Access clinic profiled in the Globe & Mail:
Med Access EMR Version 4 Achieves Canada Health Infoway Certification
TORONTO, Aug. 2, 2012 /CNW/ -Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) and Med Access Inc. announced today that Med Access Electronic Medical Record (EMR) version 4 has achieved Infoway's EMR National Class certification, ensuring it conforms to national and international standards for privacy, security and interoperability.
"By achieving Infoway certification, Med Access Electronic Medical Record version 4 has demonstrated conformance with the privacy, security and interoperability standards the marketplace is looking for," said Richard Alvarez, President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway.
In order to achieve certification, Med Access EMR underwent an assessment process to demonstrate that it met or exceeded the standards set by Infoway Certification Services.
"This certification is an important milestone for the Med Access EMR and the customers we serve as it provides a rigorous, credible assessment of our ability to connect health care professionals to the data they need at the point of care, and our ability to deliver an EMR solution in a private and secure fashion." said Paul Walker, President & CEO, Med Access Inc.
Med Access serves over 4,000 users, in five provinces, representing 30 medical specialities. The company is a leader in interoperability with interfaces in five provinces connecting health care professionals to provincial eHealth assets to improve the flow of communication and ultimately patient care.
Infoway's strategic efforts to hasten EMR adoption and use at the point of care in community and out-patient care settings, leverages and connects to the work that has already been done to build jurisdictional electronic health record systems. These systems allow authorized clinicians to access key information about their patients' health histories.
Med Access Achieves ISO 9001:2008 Certification
Med Access is proud to announce that the company has achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification. This important milestone is in addition to getting re-certified on ISO 13485:2003. Both achievements reflect the company's commitment to quality, customer satisfaction, and maintaining as well as continually improving the effectiveness of our quality management system in order to better serve our customers.
Med Access Completes PIN Conformance Testing In Alberta
Med Access becomes the first EMR vendor to complete conformance testing in Alberta for the new PIN (Pharmaceutical Information Network) interface for integrating medications and allergies with the provincial repository and setting the foundation for full e-prescribe coming in a future release of Med Access EMR! This work also included the updated provincial Client Registry interface.
The Med Access software development team is continuing similar projects with Pharmanet in B.C. and PIP (Pharmaceutical Information Program) in Saskatchewan. Expect to hear further milestones on those projects in the coming months!
Med Access is Granted ‘Funding Eligible’ Status in Ontario under EMR Specification 4.0
Med Access is pleased to announce that Ontario physicians are now eligible to receive funding from OntarioMD for the Med Access EMR offering. This Funding Eligible status follows the successful completion of a comprehensive validation testing process for Ontario’s EMR Specification 4.0. Established by the Ontario Medical Association, OntarioMD manages the EMR Adoption Program which funds and assists physicians to acquire, implement and adopt IT.
“We have chosen to enter the Ontario market at this time as we feel that Ontario physicians now more than ever will benefit from a large, diversified company with a proven track record and significant expertise, experience and resources.” commented President and CEO Paul Walker, who further noted “Med Access has a robust EMR, and tremendous experience and mature processes and technology for implementation & training, product support, data migration between EMRs, communication between EMRs (e.g., electronic referrals), and interfaces between EMRs and provincial information repositories such as lab systems (e.g., Ontario Laboratories Information System) and hospital reports (e.g., OntarioMD’s Hospital Report Manager).
With this achievement Med Access becomes the only vendor with a funding eligible EMR offering in Ontario and all four Western provinces, and makes the company successful in 100% of all attempts to seek funding approval in provincial conformance processes.
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EMR Helps Identify University's Health Care Needs
Interesting article from POSP website:
Colds, influenzas and back pain used to be the top reasons students, staff and faculty sought a physician at Mount Royal University’s EnCana Wellness Centre.
The Calgary university has now identified another health concern moving closer to the top of the list thanks in part to information collected through its new electronic medical record (EMR).
“Mental health issues now rank as high as second as the reason for a visit, up from previous reviews when they were as low as ninth overall,” says Francesca Mancini, wellness services administrator.
Being able to track such information on the EMR and gain access quickly is invaluable to Mancini who serves as clinic manager. It helps her determine where resources best meet the needs for the university’s patients in terms of future programming and staffing.
“Everything is based on the return on investment,” says Mancini, noting statistics can sway the decision to fund or not to fund a service. “Reporting is robust in this program.”
The clinic implemented the Med Access EMR solution last year after using paper files for the past 20 years. Med Access is one of Alberta’s three qualified service providers (EMR vendors) in the Physician Office System Program, the provincial program that provides funding to physicians to enable them to adopt EMRs.
Mancini and her colleagues felt that an EMR would eventually improve efficiencies at the clinic where physicians record about 9,000 visits during a 10-month period. It will also provide better health care to patients who may someday need to access their health records elsewhere in the province.
“There are efficiencies now, but when the rest of the province catches up there will be real efficiencies,” she notes. For example, one of the labs they currently use sends results electronically, while the other two still provide paper copies which must be scanned into patient files. This means extra steps must be taken by clinic staff.
The EMR also helps Mancini ensure the physician’s time is being used wisely. She has noticed chronic disease management patients often require 20- to 30-minute appointments rather than the usual 10-minute time slot. Armed with that information, she can possibly draw from the resources of the primary care network as an opportunity to expand on patients’ care and potentially shorten physicians’ appointments.
Mancini says time is also saved on phone calls. Now when a patient calls to follow up on results, staff can find the information on the EMR more quickly than with the paper system. It’s simply a matter of calling up the patient file on the computer rather than tracking down a paper chart that could be anywhere in the clinic at a given time.
Med Access Granted ISO 13485:2003 Certification
Med Access is pleased to announce that the company has received ISO 13485:2003 certification demonstrating that the organization is committed to maintaining an effective quality management system.
“We are very pleased that we have received this rigorous certification” commentedPaul Walker, President and CEO of Med Access, “this certification objectively demonstrates to our customers and other stakeholders that Med Access products and services meet very high standards for quality and effectiveness.”
Med Access is committed to designing, developing, and delivering the best software tools and services in support of family physicians, specialists, and other health professionals. This certification represents another important milestone for the company in becoming Canada’s leader in supporting medical practices to use technology to achieve their business and clinical objectives.
Med Access Conducts Client Support Services Satisfaction Survey
Med Access has completed a survey of clients that has revealed a high degree of satisfaction with the Support services provided.
Med Access announces that a survey of existing EMR clients has revealed a high degree of satisfaction with the Support services provided. The survey was conducted in March of this year, and a response was received from a representative sample of the client base.
- Overall, 77% are very or somewhat satisfied with the Support service received
- 89% report that the Support Team is extremely or somewhat knowledgeable of the EMR
- 81% report that the response time by the Support team is extremely or somewhat satisfactory
- Importantly, a full 76% would recommend the Med Access Support Team to a colleague
“The feedback that we have received on our Support services is very encouraging” commentedPaul Walker, President and CEO of Med Access. “We have industry-leading EMR software, and the Support services we provide are clearly strengthening our comparative solution offering by meeting or exceeding the expectations of our clients and helping them to achieve both their patient care and business objectives.”
Med Access is dedicated to continued improvement and has added Support staff to keep pace with growth and is investing heavily in their training. The company has introduced proactive, appointment based service calls with Support staff, and continues to offer customers direct access to their dedicated Support team.
Manitoba Announces Funding for Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
The Province of Manitoba announced today funding support for physicians to purchase Electronic Medical Records (EMR). Further details of the program will be announced in November, however the Province has released a notice indicating that physicians in Manitoba will benefit from reimbursement of 70% of the costs to acquire and use EMR from a Provincially approved vendor, for the first two years.
Med Access is an approved vendor in the Province of Manitoba, and the only vendor approved in all 4 Western Provinces. "We are very encouraged by today's announcement", commented Paul Walker, President and CEO of Med Access. "This much anticipated confirmation of funding available for physicians to purchase an EMR is instrumental to physician adoption, and a key step to improving health care outcomes and system costs in Manitoba."
For further information, please visit http://www.manitoba-ehealth.ca/news.html
Med Access Announces Industry Leading e-Referral Network
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Med Access users now able to electronically send complete patient data and requests to other health care providers
Med Access announces launch of an exclusive e-Referral Network that allows Specialists, GPs, urgent care clinics, call groups, and allied health professionals to electronically forward any information in a patient's chart directly to the next care provider where it becomes fully-operable information in that provider's Med Access Electronic Medical Record (EMR). Health care providers have complete control over the scope of the patient information that they choose to send and receive.
"The e-Referral Network is a valuable tool to support better and more efficient communication between GPs and Specialists using Med Access EMR, relieving Specialists of the burden of establishing a new patient record for each new patient seen," commented Paul Walker, President and CEO of Med Access. "Continuity of care and reliability of follow-up are significantly enhanced between all care providers. For example, family doctors can use the e-Referral Network to provide an update for a colleague's patient seen at a walk-in clinic or when taking calls for a call group."
Adding extra value for customers of our comprehensive EMR, Med Access is now a leader in inter-clinic communication and is helping to establish a new benchmark for EMR communication and interoperability.
About Med Access
Med Access is Western Canada's leading provider of Specialty and Family Practice Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software, and the only vendor conformed and publicly funded in all 4 Western provinces. The company is privately held and has a wide and diverse shareholder base. Med Access is headquartered in Kelowna, British Columbia, with offices in Calgary and Winnipeg.
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