You can read the press release here about the Joint Commission award. CVS obviously found that additional investments with software development may not be worth the dollars spent when it is easier to perhaps partner with a company focused in this direction.
If you are a provider using the CVS software iScribe, the company will migrate you over to the Allscripts system. One additional reason behind the move is the availability of stimulus money too, so this appears to be a win-win in that arena.
Occasionally I wonder into a Minute Clinic in Orange County and get updated on what is going on. I do have to say one thing, the PA on duty is always up to date on technology and they do take time to help educate patients on getting started with either a Google Health or HealthVault account, so there’s some training and education in place at CVS at the Minute Clinics.
Just for the record, NEPSI, provides a lite version of Allscripts e-Prescribing that is free to any provider. Even if you don’t use it, sign up and get an awakening on how they make sure you are a provider with what is mined from the internet, you will amazed and learn how much privacy really is not there at times on the web. BD
NEW YORK (AP) — CVS Caremark Corp. said Thursday it will partner with electronic health records maker Allscripts-Misys Healthcare Solutions Inc., and begin switching clients to Allscripts' e-prescribing tool.
CVS said it will stop offering its iScribe prescription tool and transition thousands of clients to products made by Allscripts. E-prescribing allows physicians to send prescriptions directly to a pharmacy by e-mail, and gives the physician information about potential drug interactions and the patient's health insurance. They can also use it to follow up with patients about unfilled prescriptions.
CVS, of Woonsocket, R.I., said current iScribe users will have the opportunity to switch to a full electronic health record system made by Allscripts. That would allow the customers to qualify for up to $64,000 in federal economic stimulus funding starting in 2011.