BOISE, Idaho and DALLAS, Texas – August 8, 2017 – Kno2™, the company that optimizes patient document exchange for everyone in healthcare, and OneTouch EMR, developers of a tablet-based electronic medical record (EMR) system designed by a physician, today announced a partnership agreement. The inclusion of Kno2’s Direct messaging capabilities in OneTouch EMR enables physicians in ambulatory care settings to share patient data easily and securely with hospitals, health systems and other providers, improving patient outcomes while also helping ambulatory physicians meet Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) compliance requirements for health information exchange.
Kno2’s interoperability platform provides ever-expanding connectivity to major health information networks and platforms, facilitating more effective communication and consumption of shared patient information within normal workflows. By integrating Kno2’s Direct messaging capabilities into its proprietary EMR system, OneTouch EMR makes it easier for ambulatory care providers to seamlessly share electronic patient data with other providers throughout the care continuum, an important driver of better outcomes in value-based care. Ambulatory caregivers also become more attractive referral partners for hospitals and health systems because they are able to keep their patient records complete and up-to-date with treatments, medications, allergies and other information critical to patient care.
“Our mission from the beginning has been to simplify the use of EMRs for physicians and staff in ambulatory settings,” said Dr. Robert Abbate, CEO at OneTouch EMR. “Partnering with Kno2 is a natural extension of that mission, providing a lightweight, affordable solution that’s easy to implement. Kno2’s ability to streamline the exchange of electronic patient information – without impacting clinical and administrative workflows – saves time, shortens the learning curve and makes it simple for staff to capture MIPS payments while facilitating the organization’s transition to the more open world of value-based care.”
While many ambulatory providers have adopted EMRs, their ability to exchange patient data electronically with hospitals and health systems has been limited. Many still rely on fax communication, which must then be entered manually into the EMR system. The Kno2 platform replaces faxing with electronic document exchange that can be easily consumed, regardless of which EMR is being used. Kno2 also maintains an extensive national directory of over 1.4 million providers who have Direct messaging capabilities. Physicians and staff can quickly search and locate providers within the directory, ensuring that protected health information is being sent to the right provider; thus, ensuring ambulatory physicians meet privacy and security requirements.
“Ambulatory care has always been a cornerstone of healthcare in America, and with the push to move care to the lowest-cost setting, its importance is growing even more,” said Jon Elwell, CEO of Kno2. “It is vital that others within the care continuum have secure, ready-access to information about these encounters to gain a more complete picture of the patient’s care. OneTouch EMR has been a leader in driving health information exchange among ambulatory providers, and we are pleased that they have selected the Kno2 platform to help them with their next steps along that journey.”