Mirth Enters into Agreement to Power Arizona’s Statewide Health Information Exchange
Mirth, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:QSII) and a global leader in health information technology, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Health Information Network of Arizona (HINAz or The Network), Arizona’s statewide health information exchange (HIE) that is operated by Arizona Health-e Connection (AzHeC). Under the agreement, Mirth will power The Network’s secure bidirectional exchange of patient health information among The Network’s participants and will provide a technology upgrade to include four new service offerings: Direct Exchange; Admission-Discharge-Transfer (ADT) Alerts and Results Notifications; Public Health Reporting Gateway and eHealth Exchange.
The Network is Arizona’s largest statewide health information organization (HIO), and its participants include hospitals, physicians, health plans, reference labs and other healthcare organizations representing more than half of all licensed hospital beds and covered patients in the state.
“The selection of Mirth has involved a process of seeking input from Network participants and community stakeholders,” said Melissa Kotrys, chief executive officer of AzHeC. “We have incorporated feedback, and now we will be able to respond by introducing services that bridge the gap between health systems, hospitals and providers throughout the state. With a ‘go-live’ projected for the spring of 2015, these are new services that are best delivered by a statewide HIE and are in direct response to meeting well-defined, practical needs,” Kotrys added.
“Mirth technology powers some of the nation’s top-ranked and most successful HIEs including, among others, Chesapeake Regional Information System for Our Patients (CRISP) in Maryland, Quality Health Network in Western Colorado, and HealtheConnections in New York,” explained Jeff Peters, vice president of operations for Mirth. “Our goal is to provide public healthcare organizations with next-generation HIE functionality that will enable them to better care for their patient populations. We currently power 36 HIE installations nationally and are committed to leading the efforts to move the interoperability initiatives in healthcare forward.”
About The Network (HINAz)
The Network (Health Information Network of Arizona or HINAz) is a program of Arizona Health-e Connection that provides secure access to patient health information as well as the secure exchange of patient health information between The Network and its participating organizations and providers. Through the secure sharing of health information among authorized participants, The Network is enabling Arizona’s health care communities to improve health care coordination, quality and safety, and to reduce costs. The Network is Arizona’s largest statewide health information organization (HIO) and its participants include hospitals, physicians, health plans, reference labs and other health care organizations representing more than half of all licensed hospital beds and covered lives in the state. For more information, visit www.azhec.org.
Mirth, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc., is a global leader in health information technology that helps clients achieve interoperability across silo-structured data systems. Mirth’s solutions are used daily by thousands of health professionals and institutions worldwide to streamline care management processes and to securely exchange health information across enterprises, communities and broad geographies. For more information, visit www.mirth.com.
About Quality Systems, Inc.
Irvine, Calif.-based Quality Systems, Inc. and its NextGen Healthcare subsidiary develop and market computer-based practice management, electronic health records and revenue cycle management applications as well as connectivity products and services for medical and dental group practices and small hospitals. Visit www.qsii.com and www.nextgen.com for additional information.
Certain statements in this news release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including but not limited to those statements made by Jeff Peters related to developments and trends in the healthcare industry and the Company’s future products and offerings. These statements are based on current expectations of future events. If underlying assumptions prove inaccurate or unknown risks or uncertainties materialize, actual results could vary materially from the Company’s expectations and projections. Factors that could cause the anticipated results to differ from those described in the forward-looking statements include the possibility that products will not achieve or sustain market acceptance; the impact of incentive payments under The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on sales and the ability of the Company to meet continued certification requirements; the development by competitors of new or superior technologies; the timing, cost and success or failure of new product and service introductions, development and product upgrade releases; undetected errors or bugs in our software; changing economic, political or regulatory influences in the healthcare industry; availability of third-party products and components; competitive pressures including product offerings, pricing and promotional activities; the Company’s ability or inability to attract and retain qualified personnel; possible regulation of the Company’s software by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; and general economic conditions. Additional risks and uncertainties are set forth in the Company’s public filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the discussion under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and any subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. The Company expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements except as required by law.
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