Monday, February 21, 2011

ScriptRx to Integrate Medi-Span® Clinical into EMR and Discharge Systems #HIMSS11

Wolters Kluwer Health announces ScriptRx’s selection of its medication decision support system during HIMSS11 (Booth #6162)

ORLANDO -- (Feb. 21, 2011) -- Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that ScriptRx, Inc. will integrate Medi-Span® Clinical into its line of touch-screen EMR and discharge systems for emergency rooms and urgent care centers. The agreement was announced at HIMSS11, where Wolters Kluwer Health is featuring several of its leading clinical decision support (CDS) tools, including Medi-Span Clinical, in Booth #6162.

“ScriptRx selected Medi-Span Clinical because it meets the evolving needs of our products and customers. Its clinician-focused content and cutting-edge functionality aligns with the goal of our EMR system, which is to facilitate better, more informed care,” said David Turner, Senior Vice President-Product Development, ScriptRx. “Equally important are Wolters Kluwer Health’s implementation services and responsive support, which have been invaluable during our platform migration.”

ScriptRx is a leading provider of electronic discharge systems specific to the “walk-in” ambulatory sector of healthcare, including hospital emergency departments, urgent care centers and retail health clinics. Its interactive EMR, Discharge Instructions, Prescription Writing and Medication Reconciliation systems are packaged into intuitive, user-friendly and customizable software with touch-screen hardware. Designed to be a low-cost alternative to more complicated medical software programs, ScriptRx systems enable physicians to chart patient encounters, prescribe medications, access drug reference information, generate legible discharge instructions and view formulary information, all at the point of care.

In January 2011, ScriptRx v4.2 received the federal government’s “meaningful use” stamp of approval by earning Ambulatory and Inpatient Modular EHR Certification. The designation officially deems the electronic health record (EHR) software capable of enabling providers to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Tested and certified under the Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) program, the EHR software is 2011–2012 compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Medi-Span Clinical is a CDS platform that delivers the functionality, interoperability and medication-related decision support necessary to advance the practice of evidence-based medicine and to achieve meaningful use of health IT.

For EMR vendors, Medi-Span Clinical delivers CCHIT-compliant medication-related CDS and enables client organizations to meet multiple criteria for meaningful use. It is comprised of a suite of application programming interfaces (API) that allows vendors to utilize Medi-Span content, terminology mappings and featured functionality in a manner that seamlessly integrates into new and existing applications. Utilization of APIs allows development efforts to focus on the application rather than the underlying data structure.

Medi-Span Clinical was developed architecturally to adapt easily to a continuously evolving certification environment, with a flexible platform that can grow and expand to meet future criteria with minimal impact to customers.

For clinicians, Medi-Span Clinical delivers a full slate of medication-related CDS features, including drug interactions, route contraindications and drug allergy alerts. It provides links to supporting medical evidence, the ability to turn off individual interactions or allergic reactions and flexible screening capabilities. Finally, Medi-Span Clinical features a full range of APIs, including those that support dose screening and recommended drug orders; identification of therapeutic duplications; pregnancy, lactation and age- and gender-conflict checking; and drug-to-disease screening.

“ScriptRx has been a valued Medi-Span customer for a number of years, utilizing our comprehensive drug databases to ensure its own customers have access to reliable and accurate medication information,” said Arvind Subramanian, President and CEO, Wolters Kluwer Health Clinical Solutions. “We are pleased that the company has decided to expand this relationship with the integration of Medi-Span Clinical into its software systems, providing its customers with advanced medication decision support to enhance the quality and safety of care they provide.”

About Wolters Kluwer Health

Wolters Kluwer Health (Philadelphia, PA) is a leading provider of information and business intelligence for students, professionals and institutions in medicine, nursing, allied health and pharmacy. Major brands include traditional publishers of medical and drug reference tools and textbooks, such as Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; and electronic information providers, such as Ovid®, UpToDate®, Medi-Span®, Facts & Comparisons® and ProVation® Medical.

Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company focused on professionals with annual revenues (2009) of €3.4 billion ($4.8 billion), approximately 19,300 employees worldwide and operations in over 40 countries across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. Visit our website, YouTube or follow @Wolters_Kluwer on Twitter for more information about our market positions, customers, brands, and organization.

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