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NextGen Inks EHR Deal With AMA

American Medical Association will offer the practice management and e-health record software through a SaaS model.

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The American Medical Association (AMA) has signed an agreement with NextGen Healthcare Information Systems that will offer physicians NexGen's Ambulatory EHR and Practice Management software on a new AMA online platform.

The Horsham, Pa.-based company announced Wednesday that by using the integrated solution, doctors and other clinicians can go online using AMA's portal and link to NextGen's software-as-a-service hosted model where they can access NextGen's EHR and management software.

NextGen Healthcare's subscription-based SaaS provides many capabilities practicing physicians need, including state-of-the-art hosting, implementation, training, maintenance, image scanning, and client support. NextGen executives also note that physician practices will save on the upfront costs of purchasing hardware, software, and services.

"Small and medium-sized practices often don't have the same resources to adopt and implement healthcare IT as larger facilities. Our flexible SaaS model enables these practices to gain the same advantages of healthcare automation as their larger counterparts at a price they can afford," said Ike Ellison, NextGen's senior VP of business development.

Ellison also said that the federal government's recent release of the final rules for meaningful use means that many physicians, now more than ever, need access to a SaaS-based EHR solution.

"This agreement with the American Medical Association will give even more physicians the opportunity to improve their practices through a variety of technologies and services, and ultimately help them obtain meaningful use funding. We're very excited to be a part of the AMA's valuable new platform," Ellison said.

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