October 20, 2008
Michigan State Medical Society Leverages Compuware Covisint to Establish Nation’s First Statewide Physician Network
DETROIT, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Compuware Corporation and Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) today announced that Compuware's Covisint subsidiary will electronically connect doctors across Michigan via MSMS Connect, leveraging the Covisint on-demand healthcare platform. Importantly, with Covisint, MSMS Connect now enables secure messaging, including patient-specific information from physician-to-physician. The partnership is believed to be the nation's first network sponsored by a statewide medical society that connects multiple physician organizations.
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"Michigan is pioneering new ways to deliver better healthcare, which includes connecting physicians statewide," said Governor Jennifer M. Granholm. "I want to commend the partnership between Michigan State Medical Society and Covisint for working to connect our doctors -- this is another great step toward comprehensive health information exchange."
The MSMS Connect network is designed to improve the delivery, security and efficiency of healthcare by delivering access to and the use of technology among physicians. A key benefit is that physicians need only to sign-in once to have secure access to applications providing clinical and administrative information, including labs, ePrescribing, pharmacies, patient registries and other data.
"Physician practices will benefit from MSMS Connect because the electronic tools they need will be available through one source," said Gregory J. Forzley, MD, Chair of MSMS Board of Directors and Medical Director of Informatics at Saint Mary's Health Care in Grand Rapids, Mich. "Patients will benefit because the secure electronic transfer of patient information will increase efficiency, quality and safety. We look forward to linking up with more payers, vendors and regional health information networks as they develop."
As a free benefit to MSMS' 15,000 physician members, this partnership enables the means for physicians to easily adopt technology in a cost-effective, minimally-disruptive way in their practices. It is the first step on the road to full access to online health information, and new services can be added easily as they become available. With Covisint, MSMS Connect will link with other healthcare and administrative networks, including regional health information organizations (RHIOs), regardless of the different technologies at each institution or initiative. It also allows physicians to participate in new incentive programs offered by Medicare and health insurance companies.
"With MSMS Connect, physicians have a new opportunity to adopt health IT and incorporate that technology into their practices," said David McGuffie, President and COO of Covisint. "Covisint's tested and trusted platform gives physicians one familiar place to securely access the patient data they need to do their jobs more effectively. Covisint and MSMS will work together to drive technology adoption in the physician community while improving care and managing costs."
Covisint's on-demand collaboration platform helps virtual communities securely access, use and share time sensitive information. Covisint solves business problems by streamlining and automating processes globally -- connecting state and nationally based communities, organizations and systems in the healthcare, automotive and financial services industries, as well as the public sector. Learn more about Covisint at http://www.covisint.com/.
Michigan State Medical Society
The Michigan State Medical Society is the professional association of more than 15,000 physicians in Michigan. The mission of the MSMS is to promote a health care environment that supports physicians in caring for and enhancing the health of Michigan citizens through science, quality and ethics in the practice of medicine. Visit the MSMS website at http://www.msms.org/ for more information.
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Doug Anter, Communications Manager, Compuware Communications and Investor Relations/ Covisint Division, [email protected], 313-227-0127
David K. Fox, Director of Public Relations and Federation Planning, MSMS, [email protected], 517-336-5731
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