AT&T will bolster its Healthcare Community Online platform with an American Medical Association health portal focused on small practices.
AT&T is looking
to link small practices with larger hospitals by collaborating with the
American Medical Association. The telecom company will add the AMA's Amagine
physician community portal to its Healthcare Community Online
(HCO) platform. Amagine will bring collaborative-care and additional health
information exchange (HIE) functionality.
The AMA is the national
professional association that connects doctors around the country to address
public health and health policy. Amagine is the technology division of the AMA
that provides health care consulting and tech resources.
Cloud software developer
Covisint, a division of Compuware, powers both the AMA and AT&T platforms
with its ExchangeLink
Announced Feb. 21, the
combined platform will leverage the AMA's expertise with physician and patient
needs and AT&T's technology, Robert Musacchio, senior vice president of
business operations for the AMA, said in a statement.
"With the AMA's
extensive knowledge of physician and patient needs, and AT&T's proven track
record delivering technology solutions to clients, we expect that physicians
and their patients will be able to enjoy the benefits of advanced health IT
sooner and with more dramatic results," he said.
AT&T will continue to
own and operate HCO as it connects data from patients, physicians and
hospitals. HCO is the foundation for health record networks, such as the
Indiana Health Information Exchange, which AT&T announced Feb. 9.
AMA serves small physician
practices with its health exchange platforms, while AT&T focuses on IT for
large health care organizations. The combined platform will be able to address
both areas, Randall Porter, assistant vice president for AT&T Business
Solutions' ForHealth practice, told eWEEK.
The AMA Amagine portal helps
small practices with billing and scheduling, Porter noted. In addition, Amagine
offers e-prescribing and electronic health record (EHR) technology for smaller
health systems, and AT&T will now incorporate these features into HCO.
Companies such as Ingenix,
NextGen Healthcare and Quest Diagnostics' Care360 power the EHR components in
Doctors using Amagine will
be able to coordinate care with those physicians on AT&T's HCO.
By adding Amagine, AT&T
will integrate new analytics and population-management capabilities into HCO,
said Porter. The combined platform will also be able to streamline workflows
for physician practices and hospitals by allowing physicians to grant
referrals, as well as order lab work, test results and medication
electronically, AT&T reported.
On Feb. 22, AT&T also
added a personal health portal from HealthyCircles
to its HCO platform. The portal enables clinical data exchange between patients
and doctors and allows patients to access their personal health records.
Meanwhile, at the HIMSS
conference, AT&T demonstrated a pilot project that involves monitoring
congestive heart failure (CHF) patients at nonprofit health system Texas Health
Resources. The health system connects tablets, weight scales and pulse
oximeters to Intuitive Health's cloud software platform over AT&T's
Texas Health is monitoring
CHF patients for 90 days to determine if the remote care can help patients
avoid hospital readmissions and allow them to get the care they need in their
homes. "Allowing providers and patients to interact remotely helps improve
access to care and makes the likelihood of timely interventions much more
possible," said Porter.