Oregon Company Launches New Electronic Medical Record System for Small Physician Practices
An Oregon startup company last month launched an electronic medical record system targeted at small physician practices, the Portland Business Journal reports. Kietra, based in the Portland, Ore., markets the system, called Zamiclin, as a less-complicated EMR system that physicians can learn to use in "15 minutes or less," according to Dr. Douglas Perednia, president and founder of Kietra. Company officials said that Zamiclin, unlike other EMR systems, allows physicians to continue to use paper forms to document patient encounters. An office assistant scans the forms and notes taken by the physician into the system's online database. The system also builds customized Web pages for patients that feature information about their diagnoses, prescriptions and links to articles on their conditions. Today, 24 physician practices use the system, which costs about $1,500 to implement and $4,500 per clinician for annual subscription fees. Kietra officials expect to add an additional 20 physician practices to the system each month through the end of the year (Raths, Portland Business Journal, 8/30). For more iHealth & Technology stories, visit iHealthBeat.org, a new Web publication sponsored by the California HealthCare Foundation.This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.