Meaningful Use

Upgrading to Allscripts v11.4

All healthcare organizations are in the process of preparing for ICD-10 and the continued march toward full Meaningful Use of their respective EHR vendor systems.  For Allscripts Enterprise clients this means an upgrade to v11.4 which is a multi-phase project.   Part of the start up phase includes installing and running the Problem Mapping Tool (PMT).  This is the key first step in the project because Allscripts will only assign an upgrade slot after the tool has been installed, run and the mapping completed.  All ICD-9 codes and custom form Medcin findings need to be mapped and this is expected to be approximately a 100 hour effort.  A review of your technical environment is also required because new server(s) may be needed to support v11.4.

Clients will work with Allscripts to create a project timeline based on the complexity of their respective environments taking into account the number of Allscripts modules installed, the number of interfaces and any other processes that are dependent on the Allscripts system.  When the client’s system environment and project team is in place, v11.4 will be installed and the project will follow the plan and timeline established.  Fully testing the Allscripts modules and integrated workflows is the key success factor for the upgrade.  For an average multi-specialty group it is expected to require 400 hours of effort to complete the upgrade and this does not include the PMT effort described above.

We hope that all of our Allscripts clients have started their upgrade planning to ensure compliance with the October 1, 2014 deadline for ICD-10.

GE Centricity Practice Solution (CPS) v11


With the announcement of Centricity Practice Solution (CPS) v11 on January 24, 2013, GE Healthcare makes a strong positive statement as they continue to develop and improve one of their core software offerings.   CPS v11 is the release that is ICD-10 compliant and GE has done a lot of work to make the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 easy for the physician.  GE has added a predictive search engine to the problem section of the system which allows searching by full description, abbreviation or by code and will display both the ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes when there is a match.  GE has also changed the workflow for problem entry so that the number of clicks needed to add a problem has been reduced from 4 to 1 which will be welcome news to the many physicians who count their clicks.  The focus on ease of use for the physician community is the right strategy for gaining the trust of a group of users that is dealing with change due to the various stages of Meaningful Use, among other demands on physician time.

Feedback from GE’s early adopter group indicates that the upgrade to v11 is straightforward from either v9.5 or v10 with no significant issues reported.  Some additional work is required for the upgrade from v9.5 but it is more than manageable.  This should be welcome news to organizations that have not yet upgraded to v10.

GE CPS clients can now include the upgrade to v11 in their ICD-10 planning and leverage the content to help educate their physicians on the demands of ICD-10.  By coming to market with a solution a full 20 months before the ICD-10 deadline, GE gives their clients ample opportunity to effectively manage the process and be ready in advance of the October 1, 2014 deadline.