Perot Systems’ new healthcare alliance appears formidable

Last week, Perot Systems announced the formation of an alliance with The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) and the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) that will utilize the deep healthcare expertise of the three organizations to offer electronic health record (EHR)-related training and implementation services to newly established Health Information Technology (HIT) Regional Extension Centers.

Using the combined healthcare industry expertise, technology capabilities and market presence of each organization, the alliance will be able to offer a comprehensive suite of educational and technical services to organizations that are designated by The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish an Extension Center. The services provided by the alliance will better enable Extension Centers to immediately help a wide array of physicians and healthcare organizations prepare for EHR implementation and meaningful use requirements.

The alliance plans to offer physician and healthcare organization targeting and outreach, incentive program and EHR-product education and awareness, EHR subscription-based solutions, remote hosting services, and a variety of other services.

“The HIT Regional Extension Centers are going to play a critical role in helping targeted physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers recognize the benefits of Health Information Technology and how it will improve patient care and healthcare economics, ” said AMGA president and CEO Donald Fisher, Ph.D. “Through the Alliance, we are prepared to help these newly established Extension Centers have an immediate impact in their designated regions by providing a number of key services and competitive solutions.”

“The services the Alliance can provide are geared towards educating physician practices, hospitals and other qualifying healthcare organizations about EHR and HIE technology, ” said Chuck Lyles, president of Perot Systems healthcare group. “This will allow these groups to make the most informed decision about the appropriate EHR for their organization and how they can successfully manage the implementation and integration into their current workflows.”

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