The American College of Cardiology (ACC) created the PINNACLE Registry™, an office based quality improvement program based on proven guidelines.  The PINNACLE imageregistry was designed by cardiologists and integrates with Medical Informatics CCHIT certified EHR. 

One other smart move that you have to take notice of is the interoperability with 3 of the major PHR systems out there.  Cardiology is probably being impacted more heavily than other areas with records as you have EKGs and now wireless devices that track the heart.  The websites states they will be at HIMMS and will be offering their “beta” program for physicians to sign up.  BD

Press Release:

Fort Wayne, Ind. – February 23, 2010 – Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE) today announced a formal collaboration with the American College of Cardiology (ACC) to promote electronic health record products with integrated PINNACLE Registry™ functionality.  The WebChart EHR from MIE is the only electronic health record system to offer this level of natively integrated functionality to cardiology practices in the U.S.

The ACC recently launched its PINNACLE Registry, the nation's first national office-based quality improvement data registry, to help cardiology practices collect, store and use patient data.  As cardiologists document patient encounters in the WebChart EHR, relevant data populates an electronic version of the PINNACLE Registry data collection form, eliminating the need for dual data entry and unnecessary clicks.  Electronic data is then transmitted from WebChart to the ACC, where it automatically populates the PINNACLE Registry

“Innovative products like the WebChart EHR will help cardiologists improve office visits, coordinate care and generate performance reports for quality improvement and Pay-for-Performance programs,” said Jack Lewin, MD and CEO of ACC.   “We chose to work with MIE on this initiative because the company was able to tailor its WebChart system specifically for cardiology practices, and they have been extremely agile and responsive as they have worked with the ACC and its members to build quality measure capture and reporting into established clinical workflow.”

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The ACC will promote the MIE Minimally InvasiveTM EHR portfolio to its members, encouraging the adoption of web-based EHR and PHR/patient portal systems that incorporate PINNACLE Registry technology.

“The American College of Cardiology is leading the way to optimal cardiovascular care and disease prevention and we are proud that they selected MIE to help promote EHR adoption among cardiology groups,” said Doug Horner, founder and CEO of MIE.  “We have a track record of incorporating cardiology specific modules such as cardiovascular PQRI reporting and Coumadin tracking into our EHR offering, and the integration of PINNACLE Registry functionality can help cardiologists meet quality reporting and registry reporting requirements that are part of ARRA meaningful use guidelines.”

One example of a practice utilizing WebChart EHR with PINNACLE Registry Functionality is Indiana-based Fort Wayne Cardiology.  With 22 physicians, Fort Wayne Cardiology was the first practice in the U.S. to electronically capture and report patient data to the PINNACLE Registry.   “Our office was already paperless with a fully functioning EMR and we were spending large amounts of time submitting hard copy paperwork to the ACC.  It’s like we were working backwards,” said Mike Mirro, MD at Fort Wayne Cardiology.  “We worked with our EMR vendor, MIE, to integrate the PINNACLE Registry data form into our existing workflow.  Now all of our patient data and quality reporting is electronically captured and transmitted directly to the ACC.”  

About Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE):

Founded in 1995, MIE has developed a web-based, Minimally InvasiveTM EHR portfolio that is deployed at physician practices and Fortune 500 organizations operating on-site employee health clinics. Unlike many EHR vendors that require physicians to alter the way they practice medicine to fit an inflexible software platform, MIE tailors its EHR solutions to fit the workflow preferences of each practice and its individual clinicians. This minimally invasive approach was designed to be:

- Accessible – web-based to provide secure access to patient records anytime, anywhere, from any web browser.

- Interoperable – designed to play well in the sandbox with other healthcare IT applications using standard interoperability protocols.

- Flexible – configured to integrate with established practice workflow and available in modular, scalable increments.

- Affordable – MIE’s Software as a Service model requires less investment in hardware, and the minimally invasive approach leads to faster, wider adoption – speeding practice ROI.

More information can be found at www.mieweb.com

About the American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology is a 37,000-member nonprofit medical society and bestows the credential Fellow of the American College of Cardiology upon physicians who meet its stringent qualifications. The College is a leader in the formulation of health policy, standards and guidelines, and is a staunch supporter of cardiovascular research. The ACC provides professional education and operates national registries for the measurement and improvement of quality care. More information about the association is available online at www.acc.org .

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