Physician Micro Systems, Inc. is a Founding Member of HIMSS EHR Vendor Association

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Physician Micro Systems, Inc. (PMSI)—the creator of the Practice Partner® line of electronic health record and practice management systems—is a founding member of the HIMSS EHR Vendor Association (EHRVA). PMSI is one of 21 EHR vendors that have come together to launch this groundbreaking association that’s goal is to provide a collective voice to help accelerate the widespread adoption of the EHR. Its inaugural organizational meeting was held November 3-4, 2004. Andrew G. Ury, M.D., founder and president of PMSI, is a member of the Executive Committee and Vice Chair of the HIMSS EHR Vendor Association.

The creation of the HIMSS EHR Vendor Association will work to further initiatives laid out by David J. Brailer, M.D., Ph.D., National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, in the Health IT Strategic Framework, which was released July 2004. The Framework calls for private sector initiatives to result in “more cost-effective EHR adoption, less risk-adverse buyers, and a faster-growing and more attractive market for investments in health information technology.”

Dr. Ury is actively involved in standards that are shaping how medicine is practiced. In addition to being a member of the Executive Committee and Vice Chair of the HIMSS EHR Vendor Association, Dr. Ury serves on the HL7 technical committee that is developing a standard functional model for EHRs and is one of thirteen commissioners on the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT).

Dr. Ury’s experience encompasses the clinical, technological, regulatory, and business aspects of healthcare information technology. He is proud to contribute to the HIMSS EHR Vendor Association by sharing the knowledge, experience, and insight that he has gained over the years as a practicing physician, software developer, and entrepreneur. “We are very excited about the HIMSS EHR Vendor Association’s potential to accelerate the adoption of EHRs in the U.S. and speed up the adoption of practical standards in key areas like interoperability.”

About Physician Micro Systems, Inc.

Founded in 1983 by Andrew G. Ury, M.D., Physician Micro Systems, Inc. (PMSI) is the creator of the Practice Partner line of electronic health record (EHR), practice management system (PMS), and computerized physician order entry (CPOE) software applications for ambulatory care practices. PMSI is committed to making healthcare easier and is grounded in the daily reality of providing mission-critical clinical and administrative systems for thousands of physicians and their staff. PMSI has succeeded through a strong focus on the ambulatory care market combined with technology, leadership and vision. PMSI is a privately held, independent corporation that has been profitable since 1991. Practice Partner applications are used nationwide by approximately 1,300 practices of all sizes and specialties, from solo-practitioners to large, enterprise, multi-site practices.

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For more information about Physician Micro Systems, Inc. or the Practice Partner product line, contact Alicia Basteri at 206-374-4088 or aliciab@pmsi.com.

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