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NextGen EHR Signs Mount Kisco Medical Group

New York health system will implement the firm's Electronic Health Record, Practice Management, and Patient Portal software to prep its IT to meet meaningful use criteria.

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Mount Kisco Medical Group (MKMG), a multi-specialty health delivery organization that provides medical care to over 225,000 patients in 21 locations throughout Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess counties in New York, has selected NextGen's Ambulatory Electronic Health Record (EHR), Practice Management, and Patient Portal as it prepares its health IT systems to meet meaningful use requirements.

MKMG has been a longtime customer of Misys Healthcare Systems, using their legacy Misys EMR product. In 2008, ownership of the product changed when Misys merged its healthcare information technology division with Allscripts, a provider of clinical software, information, and connectivity solutions for physicians. In June of this year Allscripts announced a merger with Eclipsys, which provides software and services for hospitals and clinicians.

According to Joe Abate, MKMG's director of IT, the group will migrate to Microsoft SQL Server 2008 to handle its database management and business intelligence operations, and is pleased that NextGen's offering combines clinical and business management workflows that will make it easier for MKMG's 230 physicians to access medical records.

"The practice management system and the electronic medical records system years ago were two distinct products, but what (NextGen) has done is combine master tables so that now it can be looked at as one system," Abate said. "For example, when I look at the scheduling database, there is a scheduling table that is shared by both the electronic medical record and the practice management system," Abate said.

According to Abate, NextGen's technology will make it easier for physicians to change and update MKMG medical records to better meet its financial and clinical needs, specifically as the organization works to demonstrate meaningful use.

Another consideration for Abate was that NextGen Ambulatory EHR version 5.6 is a Certification Commission for Health IT certified ambulatory EHR, and is additionally certified for child health and cardiovascular medicine with advanced reporting.

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