Microsoft and American Academy of Family Physicians Work Together To Help Doctors Navigate Technology Choices
Practice Management System Guide Helps Doctors Spend More Time with Patients
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 01, 2002
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237, Ext. 5223
The initiative was announced during the AAFP’s Annual Leadership Forum, April 26, in Kansas City, Mo., by Dr. Warren A. Jones, president of AAFP. “We developed this initiative with Microsoft as a response to requests from our physician members to help them evaluate and select software for their medical practices,” Jones said. “The goals of this initiative are to give physicians confidence that these solutions and vendors have been carefully evaluated by the AAFP and Microsoft. By taking the guesswork out of such a complicated decision, we help doctors focus on what they are trained to do — provide high-quality patient care.”
The practice management software was evaluated based on needs and requirements of family physicians. The AAFP and Microsoft established criteria for the evaluations that included the following:
- The quality of the software functionality and how well it meets the needs of family physicians
- The quality of the software’s technical architecture, as well as its reliability and use of industry technology standards
- Customer satisfaction with the software
- The financial viability of each vendor in a challenging economic environment
- Compusense, Inc., Ntierprise
- e-MDs®, topsSuite®
- Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc., Prime Practice
- InfoSys, Inc., MedSys
- MedStar Systems, LLC, MedStar
- NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, Inc., NextGen EPM® (Enterprise Practice Management system)
- Millbrook Corporation, Millbrook Practice Manager 2001
- PerfectPractice.MD, PracticeManager.MD
- Visionary Medical Systems, Inc., The Visionary Office
The AAFP and Microsoft plan to continue to evaluate medical practice software and to issue ongoing reports to family physicians.
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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 110,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.
Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is 240 million office visits each year — nearly 87 million more than the next largest medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.
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