NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, LLC, a subsidiary of
Quality Systems Inc.
), hit the headlines again by presenting a clinical decision
support (CDS) tool that will help healthcare providers achieve
evidence-based clinical knowledge much more easily. NextGen's
client Willamette Valley Providers (WVP) has agreed to take the
program live with a commercial electronic health record (EHR).
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The story to develop the CDS tool began in 2008 when Brigham and
Women's Hospital (BWH) founded the Clinical Decision Support
Consortium (CDSC). Its members include leading healthcare
providers and EHR vendors, including NextGen Healthcare, aimed at
developing, implementing and evaluating methods for incorporating
CDS into the healthcare system.
The CDSC also aimed at establishing consistencies for clinical
decision support recommendations across the nation so that
healthcare providers do not entirely depend on vendors and
product upgrades. In order to achieve this consistency, Partners
HealthCare - founded by BWH and Massachusetts General Hospital -
created a process that involves
i) a provider sending a request for clinical
decision support through NextGen Ambulatory EHR;
ii) the NextGen system that creates Continuity
of Care Document (CCD) with a patient's de-identified clinical
iii) the analysis of CCD when it is delivered
to the Partners' Enterprise Clinical Rules Service (ECRS);
iv) Partners to return an Extensible Markup
Language (XML) message with recommendation(s) appropriate for the
v) Immediate display of recommendation(s) to
the provider in NextGen Ambulatory EHR.
Ore.-based WVP Health Authority, consisting about 530 members
practicing primary and specialty care, will test the solution.
The organization will collect and analyze data from an ongoing
pilot for six months to evaluate the effectiveness of patient
information transfer to Partners and care recommendations back to
Recently, NextGen Healthcare Information Systems also launched
the new NextGen Patient Portal that provides an interactive care
between the patients and medical practitioners by facilitating
electronic communication and clinical data exchange.
With the help of the Portal, physicians will be able to interact
with patients online and import structured data directly into the
NextGen Ambulatory Electronic Health record (HER) system. The
platform will also be available in Spanish and two dialects of
Chinese apart from English, enabling to cover a diverse range of
Recently, another medical information systems provider
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions
) launched its Sunrise Clinical Manager (SCM) Electronic Health
Record (EHR) system in South Australia's Noarlunga Hospital.
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions' launch involved more than 100
clinical and administrative staff at the hospital. The integrated
single platform Sunrise Clinical Manager EHR system will help
them electronically access patient information at the bedside and
throughout the hospital.
Quality Systems reported first-quarter fiscal 2014 (ended Jun 30)
earnings per share of 22 cents, down 15.4% year over year.
However, earnings were in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate.
Net income declined 16.8% in the quarter to $12.9 million.
Revenues decreased 7% year over year to $109.5 million in the
first quarter. The company's revenues also missed the Zacks
Consensus Estimate of $116 million.
Currently, QSII carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). While we remain
on the sidelines about the stock, medical information services
), carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), as well as
) in the medical products industry with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong
Buy) are worth considering.