Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) December 5, 2007
DocSite, a leading provider of patient registries and point-of-care decision support to the healthcare market, today announced a multi-year agreement with the American College of Physicians (ACP) to integrate the ACP's prestigious PIER™ (Physicians' Information and Education Resource) content into DocSite's patient registry applications providing ACP vetted clinical guidance at the point-of-care. Studies suggest patient registries and point-of-care decision support systems provide the most effective pathway to improved patient care quality.
Additionally, the systems tend to be much less expensive to deploy and maintain than prevailing Electronic Medical Record Systems. The combined offering will enable physicians to review evidence-based medical content and guidelines within their normal clinical workflow.
Evidence-based medicine has become increasingly important in today's medical profession to ensure clinical practice is based on sound scientific evidence. Rapid advances in medical research make staying abreast of treatment guidelines difficult for physicians in busy practices. PIER and DocSite's patient registries will enable physicians to access the latest evidenced-based guidance while in the treatment room with patients where access to the patient specific information has the most impact. Additionally, physicians can provide patients important medical information using the best clinical evidence possible.
ACP's PIER provides organized, reviewed, accessible evidence-based guidance on the diagnosis and treatment of disease as well as links to clinical articles and patient information. PIER guidance statements are developed by physician experts based on a rigorous review of current medical evidence. All content is then thoroughly peer-reviewed by physicians. To date, the PIER content development process has involved more than 500 physician writers and reviewers, and contains over 470 disease modules.
"We are excited to work with DocSite to provide our detailed PIER content to physicians at the point-of-care within their normal clinical workflow. Incorporating PIER into DocSite's registry applications provides a truly innovative tool for physicians to enhance their practice without disrupting productivity," said David Goldmann, MD, FACP, Vice President and Editor of PIER at the ACP.
PIER enhanced registries provide guidelines and evidence-based content within the point-of-care workflow improving care delivery by physicians. Offering peer reviewed patient education material created by physicians ensures patients receive valid medical information from their provider rather than seeking potentially invalid information over the Internet.
"Patient registries like our DocSite Registry™ and DocSite Enterprise™ provide the most effective and affordable means for physicians to affect improved quality care. Partnering with a prestigious organization like the ACP and their PIER content enables us to help our customers enhance their practices more than ever before. We are excited to begin this relationship," said John Haughton, MD MS, DocSite CEO and founder.
The American College of Physicians (ACP) is the nation's largest medical specialty organization and second-largest physician group. Its membership comprises more than 124,000 internal medicine physicians and medical students. Internists are specialists in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses that primarily affect adults. ACP is dedicated to the advancement of internal medicine so that its members can provide the best quality care for their patients. A nonprofit organization based in Philadelphia, its mission is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine.
DocSiteÂ® offers a portfolio of reliable, modular and upgradeable, web-based tools. They improve the quality of patient care and save clinician time. DocSite is a Clinical Integration, Connectivity and Point-of-Care Technology Company currently deployed across thousands of physicians and a few million patients. DocSite is endorsed by the Texas Medical Association, highlighted as a leader in chronic disease management systems/registries and works in partnership with IPAs, groups, health plans, hospitals and individual physicians to offer point-of-care, outcomes tracking, population warehouse and informed decision making tools. DocSite solutions reduce practice variation, save time, support patient-physician collaboration, and improve patient self-care. (http://www.docsite.com)