NextGen Healthcare and Clinical Architecture Partner to Improve Clinical Data Exchange

Agreement to help enhance patient safety while assisting hospitals in adhering to Meaningful Use requirements.

Friday, August 09, 2013

Horsham, Pa. – NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII) and a leading provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions, today announced it has selected Clinical Architecture’s  Symedical® Server for its terminology integration architecture.  Employing this integration architecture will enhance interoperability and clinical terminology management within the NextGen® Hospital Solutions suite.

NextGen Hospital Solutions will utilize the Symedical Server solution to assist in terminology interoperability with different information technology systems, resulting in the exchange of more meaningful data.  Symedical Server is a software architecture with engines, frameworks, application programming interfaces (APIs) and other components designed to actively manage the utilization of terminologies in healthcare.

Symedical Server will automate the processes of normalizing terms to a consistent domain-specific format, standardizing data to required terminology standards and seamlessly integrating them into NextGen Hospital Solutions suite.  By using this solution, NextGen Healthcare has reduced the development effort required to make its Hospital Solutions products compliant with the interoperability requirements for Meaningful Use Stage 2 (MU2) and ICD-10 conversion. NextGen Healthcare has also created a platform that will allow for the management of terminology into the future, regardless of changes made to standards or government requirements.

With this partnership, NextGen Hospital Solutions clients will benefit from improved functionality and more accurate and consistent translation of terminologies to meet the interoperability requirements outlined in MU2.

“Acquiring, updating, mapping and exchanging the required Meaningful Use terminology standards and value sets have become a critical success factor for system vendors and end users alike,” said Charlie Harp, chief executive officer of Clinical Architecture.  “Through the integration of Symedical, NextGen has not only addressed today’s MU requirements, but also positioned their clients for success by delivering a powerful terminology management platform for handling all future terminology challenges as well.”

“With MU2 fast approaching for our clients, data mapping has become a necessity for all hospital EHR vendors.  Every hospital has its own local catalogs with local codes for medications, labs, radiology exams and the like,” said Dan Morefield, chief operating officer for Quality Systems, Inc.  “Symedical Server allows us to efficiently complete the mapping of these diverse catalogs to standardized data that will help each hospital report accurate data for MU.”

About Clinical Architecture
Clinical Architecture is the leading innovator in healthcare terminology management technology. While healthcare market forces and regulatory requirements have elevated the importance of managing information as coded data, or terminology; traditional tools and methods have not evolved to meet the challenge. Clinical Architecture is moving healthcare forward by providing innovative software solutions for managing the complexities of healthcare terminologies. Symedical is a registered trademark of Clinical Architecture, LLC.  For more information, please visit www.ClinicalArchitecture.com.

About NextGen Healthcare
NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc., provides integrated clinical, connectivity and financial solutions, including revenue cycle management services for ambulatory, inpatient and dental provider organizations. For more information, please visit www.nextgen.com and www.qsii.com.  Follow NextGen Healthcare on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nextgen, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NextGenHealthcare or LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/nextgen-healthcare-information-systems.

Contact Information:
Michelle Rovner
NextGen Healthcare
215-657-7010
mrovner@nextgen.com

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