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Connexin Software Receives Surescripts 2013 White Coat of Quality Award

Summary: Connexin Software Inc., has been awarded the Surescripts White Coat of Quality Award for 2013 in recognition of its consistent commitment to excellence in the electronic prescribing process with Office Practicum®.

HORSHAM, PA — April 15, 2014 — Connexin Software, Inc., a leading provider of electronic health records software (EHR) for the specialty of pediatric medicine, has been awarded the Surescripts White Coat of Quality Award for 2013 in recognition of its consistent commitment to excellence in the electronic prescribing process. The White Coat of Quality Award is Surescripts’ highest recognition for software providers that uphold strict standards and meet four specific criteria for clinical quality and best practices in e-prescribing.

“We are honored to be bestowed the White Coat award for our company’s ongoing commitment to quality, safety and efficiency with our e-prescribing through Office Practicum,” said Gregory H. Anderson, CEO of Connexin Software. “Pediatricians’ top priority is providing patients and their families with the best care. Eprescribing not only reduces risks associated with medication errors, it enables physicians to perform their job more efficiently and allows them to give patients the information and attention they deserve.”

“Surescripts is proud that our truly collaborative efforts with software technology providers are producing continuous quality improvements in e-prescribing and electronic information exchange. It is an honor to work closely with healthcare software professionals who are committed to implementing our proven e-prescribing best practices and who worked hard to earn the White Coat of Quality distinction,” said Ajit Dhavle, Pharm.D., Director of Clinical Quality of Surescripts.

"The Surescripts White Coat of Quality Award is a rigorous program that ensures e-prescribing excellence,” said G. Cameron Deemer, president of DrFirst. “Connexin’s integration of Rcopia® for e-prescribing functionality is instrumental in applying best practices and helping providers improve patient safety and patient outcomes.”

About Connexin Software, Inc.

Connexin Software, Inc. is the leading provider of electronic medical records and practice management systems for use in pediatric clinical settings. Since 1992, its innovative Office Practicum solution has been delivered to hundreds of medical practices in over 45 states and the Caribbean, ranging from solo providers to hospital-based clinics. The privately held company maintains primary offices in suburban Philadelphia, New York City, and central California. For more information visit Office Practicum.

About DrFirst

DrFirst pioneers technology solutions that inform the doctor-patient point of encounter, optimizing provider access to patient information, enhancing the doctor’s clinical view of the patient, and improving care delivery and clinical outcomes. Our growth is driven by a commitment to innovation, security, and reliability across a wide array of services, including Medication Management, Medication Adherence, and Secure Communication and Collaboration. We are proud of our track record of service to more than 300 EMR/EHR/HIS vendors and an extensive network of providers, hospitals and patients. For more information visit www.drfirst.com

About Surescripts' Quality Program

The Surescripts network supports the most comprehensive ecosystem of healthcare organizations nationwide. Pharmacies, payers, pharmacy benefit managers, physicians, hospitals, health information exchanges and health technology firms rely on Surescripts to more easily and securely share health information. Guided by the principles of neutrality, transparency, physician and patient choice, open standards, collaboration and privacy, Surescripts operates the nation’s largest health information network. By providing information for routine, recurring and emergency care, Surescripts is committed to saving lives, improving efficiency and reducing the cost of health care for all. For more information, go to www.surescripts.com and follow us at twitter.com/surescripts.

Source: PRWeb

Office Practicum has Achieved NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home Prevalidation

Summary: Office Practicum® now supports up to a total of 61 credits towards PCMH recognition, assisting pediatric practices with more than 60% of the work necessary to receive Level 3 Recognition from NCQA.

HORSHAM, PA — January 16, 2014 — Connexin Software, Inc., a leading provider of electronic health record (EHR) and practice management (PM) software solutions for pediatric medicine, has earned 2011 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Prevalidation from The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

"By providing software that helps physician practices build the patient-focused, coordinated care infrastructure expected of NCQA patient-centered medical homes, Connexin's Office Practicum suite is helping practices be part of modern healthcare's most important transformations," said NCQA President Margaret E. O'Kane. "Medical homes are the way of the future, and Office Practicum is helping practices get there."

"Pediatricians need a technology partner they can rely on to meet the demands of today's rapidly changing healthcare environment," said Connexin Product Manager Peter Minio. "At Office Practicum, we are working hard every day to make our clients' lives easier and reach patients by affording them the ability to excel as practitioners. We believe that attaining PCMH Prevalidation with NCQA makes the application process much easier for our clients so they can focus on what matters most – delivering great patient care."

Office Practicum natively supports a total of up to 61 credits towards PCMH recognition, assisting client practices with more than 60% of the work necessary to receive Level 3 Recognition. Practices can receive up to 7.75 transferable autocredits using Office Practicum, ePrescribing, and a patient portal. Practices also receive up to an additional 53.25 credits with the Office Practicum Medical Home report bundle and other product features. "Having been through the process of transforming my practice to a NCQA Level 3 Medical Home, I can honestly say that utilizing Office Practicum reports, tools, and resources was key to making it possible," said Connexin Medical Director Susan Kressly, MD. "Functionality that adds autocredits or generates electronic reports is incredibly helpful!"

About NCQA

National Committee for Quality Assurance is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of healthcare organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.

NCQA’s Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) 2011 Prevalidation program evaluates Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems, advanced registries, population health management tools and other related technology solutions providing functionality that completely meet Factor level requirements within NCQA’s PCMH 2011 Standards. The evaluation can result in Automatic Credit, "autocredit", for functionality that meet this criterion. Once scored points have been awarded, the product is considered "Prevalidated" with approved autocredit. The approved autocredit can then be transferred to practices utilizing the prevalidated product’s functionality, eliminating the provision of documentation for the associated factors within their PCMH 2011 Survey.

About Connexin Software, Inc. and Office Practicum

Connexin Software, Inc. is the leading provider of electronic medical records and practice management systems for use in pediatric clinical settings. Since 1992, its Office Practicum product has provided innovative solutions to hundreds of medical practices in over 45 states and throughout the Caribbean, ranging from solo providers to hospital-based clinics. The privately held company maintains primary offices in suburban Philadelphia, New York City, and central California. For more information visit Office Practicum.

Source: PRWeb

Connexin Software Receives the 2011 Surescripts White Coat of Quality Award

Connexin Software, publisher of Office Practicum, is one of a few EMR systems to win Surescripts' White Coat of Quality Award for upholding the highest quality of standards in e-prescribing.

HORSHAM, Pa., March 2, 2012Connexin Software, Inc., a leading provider of electronic health record (EHR/EMR) and practice management (PM) software solutions for the specialty of pediatric medicine, has been awarded the 2011 Surescripts White Coat of Quality Award in recognition of its consistent commitment to excellence in the electronic prescribing process with its Office Practicum ®. The award recognizes that Connexin monitors and reports on quality metrics and works closely with Surescripts on continuous improvement, including raising overall prescriber awareness through focused training.

The Surescripts White Coat of Quality is a critical part of Surescripts' overall quality program, designed to ensure the safety benefits of EHRs and e-prescribing are fully realized. By receiving a White Coat of Quality, Connexin's Office Practicum is recognized as a product capable of increasing safety, improving efficiency and reducing the cost of healthcare for all users.

"As the use of e-prescribing continues to grow, electronic health record and e-prescribing technology vendors continue to benefit from the knowledge that comes from Surescripts' pharmacists, clinicians, technologists and quality experts conducting clinical quality reviews on millions of electronic prescription messages — all while protecting the privacy of personal health information," said David Yakimischak, chief quality officer at Surescripts. "Surescripts White Coat of Quality recognizes those vendors that have embraced that knowledge and are using it to improve their technology and train their prescribers. "These vendors are not simply replacing handwritten prescriptions with e-prescriptions, they are seizing the opportunity to learn and apply continuous improvements to prescription accuracy, completeness and safety."

"We are honored to be bestowed the White Coat award for our company's ongoing commitment to quality, safety and efficiency with our e-prescribing through Office Practicum," said Fred Pytlak, CEO and Founder of Connexin Software. "Pediatricians' top priority is providing patients and their families with the best care. E-prescribing not only reduces risks associated with medication errors, it enables physicians to perform their job more efficiently and allowing them to give patients the information and attention they deserve."

After receiving the 2011 Surescripts White Coat of Quality Award, Connexin will continue to focus on improving their commitment to safety and quality of care, as well as continuing to provide their efficient support staff that is ranked highly among their clients.

Source: BusinessWire

Connexin Software Introduces OP Cloud

OP Cloud is a new hosting service now offered by Connexin that provides flexibility and efficiency at all levels to its users.

HORSHAM, Pa., May 23, 2012 — Connexin Software, Inc., a leading provider of electronic health record (EHR/EMR) and practice management (PM) software solutions for the specialty of pediatric medicine and the publisher of the award-winning Office Practicum® (OP), announced at its OP 2012 User Conference the June 1st availability of its OP Cloud edition for new clients and September 1st for migration by current clients.

OP Cloud is a new hosting service provided by Connexin that provides a dynamic, virtual storage environment for its users of Office Practicum, a comprehensive EHR/EMR and Practice Management software solution designed specifically for pediatric practices and the only EHR developed by pediatricians for pediatricians. OP Cloud will offer flexibility and efficiency for storing data in addition to instant and ensured security.

With OP Cloud, all practice and patient data is stored on a protected remote server with easy accessibility through any computer or tablet with an Internet connection. The Cloud edition requires less maintenance and offers improved manageability.

"This is a great advancement for Office Practicum," said Fred Pytlak, CEO and Founder of Connexin Software. "The OP Cloud makes it possible for providers and practice managers of pediatrician practices to increase their own productivity, as well as nurture and grow their pediatric practices, by allowing us to handle the hosting needs for OP while they concentrate on their patients and practice decision-making."

The award-winning Office Practicum pediatric software solution is a fully-integrated suite of pediatrician-designed software that handles every aspect of a practice — from the reception area to the exam rooms to the billing office to the patient’s home, and all points in between – streamlining common pediatric workflows, reducing administrative burden, and better managing all aspects of the pediatric practice.

For further information on the OP Cloud or Office Practicum, call (800) 218-9916 or visit www.officepracticum.com

Connexin Software Announces Office Practicum 2012 User Conference

The User Conference is three days of educational sessions on best practice of electronic health records and practice management for pediatric practices.

HORSHAM, Pa., March 1, 2012Connexin Software, Inc., a leading provider of electronic health record (EHR/EMR) and practice management (PM) software solutions for the specialty of pediatric medicine, announced today the Office Practicum ® 2012 User Conference is set for May 18-20, 2012 at Connexin's corporate headquarters in Horsham.

The Office Practicum (OP) User Conference provides a learning opportunity for OP users, providers and office staff of pediatric practices, to increase their best practice knowledge of electronic health record keeping and practice management. A welcome reception will kick off the Conference after three optional pre-conference courses: EMR Template Building, Billing Fundamentals, and a Meaningful Use Certification Course. Two days of valuable learning and training proceed. Key takeaways will include how EHR and PM impact pediatrician practices, new tips and tricks to utilize OP tools, and strategies for effectively using both the Electronic Health Records system and Practice Management solution.

The educational event is expected to attract OP users from solo pediatric practices to large, multi-site pediatric groups, rural health centers and hospital/IPA-based pediatric clinics in nearly all 50 U.S. states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

For further information on the Conference, including costs, registration and the agenda, visit the OP User Conference website at www.officepracticum.com/UserConference.php.

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Connexin Software Medical Director Named to the Pennsylvania eHealth Collaborative Advisory Committee

PA Governor Tom Corbett forms Pennsylvania eHealth Collaborative Advisory Committee with Susan Kressley, MD, Medical Director at Connexin Software appointed to committee.

HORSHAM, Pa., Feb 27, 2012Connexin Software, Inc., a leading provider of electronic health record (EHR/EMR) and practice management (PM) software solutions for the specialty of pediatric medicine, is pleased to announce that Connexin's Medical Director, Susan Kressly, MD, was appointed to the Pennsylvania eHealth Collaborative Advisory Committee formed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett. The purpose of the Pennsylvania eHealth Collaborative is to improve healthcare delivery and healthcare outcomes in Pennsylvania.

The Collaborative will make these improvements by providing leadership and strategic direction for public and private, federally-funded and state-funded investments in health information technology initiatives, including health information exchange capabilities and other related health information technology efforts. It's direction will consider stakeholder community needs, complement commonwealth agency operations, and ensure ongoing interagency cooperation.

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EHR Initiative Launched to Empower Drug Safety and Medication Adherence

PDR Network and their partners announced the launch of PDR BRIEF, a new service that delivers full FDA-approved labeling and Drug Alerts within EHRs and ePrescribing system. Connexin Software is included in the EHR vendors participating in the initiative and who have earned the distinction of being "PDR Certified."

A coalition led by EHR vendors, PDR Network, professional liability carriers, and providers, in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration, today announced a new multi-faceted initiative to improve drug safety and medication adherence by integrating drug services for prescribers and their patients into electronic health record (EHR) platforms and other health information technology…

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Source: PDR Network

Connexin Software, Inc. Receives Strategic Investment from Bluff Point Associates; Deal Will Accelerate Growth and Leadership Position of Pediatric EHR Software Provider (11/15/11)

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Horsham, Pennslyvania - November 15, 2011 - Connexin Software, Inc., publisher of the industry-leading Office Practicum® pediatric electronic health records (EHR/EMR) and practice management (PM) system, today announced that it has received a multimillion dollar strategic investment from Bluff Point Associates, a Connecticut-based private equity firm.

“Connexin has always enjoyed excellent recognition and growth in the pediatric sector, but ARRA (American Recovery & Reinvestment Act) legislation and Meaningful Use initiatives have spurred physician interest in EHR adoption beyond all our prior fifteen years of experience,” said Fredrick R. Pytlak, Connexin CEO. “We look forward to building on our market leadership momentum and are pleased to have Bluff Point on board for our next stage of growth.”

As part of the transaction, Bluff Point Managing Director Kevin P. Fahey will join the Connexin Board of Directors. “Bluff Point looks for several things when we add a company to our portfolio: strong management, positive earnings, and great technology products with growth potential,” he said. “Connexin has all of these attributes. We look forward to working with Fred and his team to build on the company's success, further develop their offerings, and grow the business from its well established core competencies.”

Michael J. Matlack, Connexin President and COO, appreciates that vote of confidence. “Our training and support teams have more than doubled over the past year,” he said. “Bluff Point’s investment will allow us to continue growing aggressively and increase the quality of services we provide as we help pediatric practices adopt new EHR technologies.”

Health information technology standards are still evolving, which keeps the research and development team busy. Gregory H. Anderson, Connexin CIO, who led the company’s ONC Meaningful Use Certification and serves on CDC and other industry workgroups, said HIT is still in its infancy. “New immunization registries and health information exchanges are coming online constantly. Recent adopters are demanding enhanced usability and a variety of deployment models. The additional resources of the Bluff Point investment will help us extend our competitive advantage in all of those areas.”

About Connexin Software, Inc.
Connexin Software, Inc. is the leading provider of electronic medical records and practice management systems for use in pediatric clinical settings. Since 1995, its Office Practicum product has provided innovative solutions to hundreds of medical practices in over 40 states and throughout the Caribbean, ranging from solo providers to hospital-based clinics. The privately held company maintains primary offices in New York City, suburban Philadelphia, and central California. For more information visit www.officepracticum.com.

About Bluff Point Associates
Bluff Point Associates is a private equity firm based in Westport, Connecticut. Bluff Point actively invests in information services companies supporting the banking, trust, securities, retirement and wealth management sectors of the financial services industry, as well as the healthcare information services sector. Bluff Point’s team collectively has decades of experience in recognizing a company’s growth potential and working with its management to reach that potential.

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Cheryl Van Allen
cvanallen@connexinsoftware.com
267-960-2760 x 1303

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Connexin Software, Inc. Receives Complete EHR ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Certification for Office Practicum® 11, Electronic Health Record for Pediatricians (05/06/11)

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HORSHAM, PA - May 6, 2011 - Connexin Software, Inc. announced today that Office Practicum® EHR Version 11 is 2011/2012 compliant and was certified on May 4th, 2011 as a Complete EHR by InfoGard Laboratories, an ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB), in accordance with the applicable eligible provider certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The 2011/2012 criteria support the Stage 1 Meaningful Use measures required to qualify eligible providers for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Office Practicum is a comprehensive Electronic Health Record (EHR/EMR) and Practice Management (PM) software solution designed specifically for pediatric practices. "Our ongoing commitment to meeting the unique needs of pediatricians and improving healthcare delivery for children has resulted in the continued evolution of our leading-edge software, renowned in the pediatric community for the past 15 years," said Gregory H. Anderson, CIO. "We have applied the same deliberate, pediatric-centric commitment in our production of Office Practicum 11, our newly certified Complete EHR version, and we're pleased to introduce the result," stated Anderson. "This certification will help pediatric practices around the country with the financial costs of transitioning to the use of EHR software." "We recognize the important role that Meaningful Use of an EHR plays in the delivery of quality healthcare in the U.S., particularly in children," stated Fredrick R. Pytlak, CEO of Connexin. "We are proud to bring forward a solution that integrates Meaningful Use standards, in addition to our robust offering of pediatric-centric solutions."

With a user-friendly and portable design, Office Practicum 11 brings together EHR and Practice Management, in addition to other services such as patient web portals, laboratory interfaces, VacLogic™ vaccine forecasting and interfaces to most state immunization registries. Office Practicum 11 can be used on all types of devices, from the traditional PC to the iPad™, making the EHR convenient and accessible for providers everywhere.

"We look forward to collaborating with our Regional Extension Center partners nationwide, as they lead the migration to a paperless office environment. Office Practicum11 is an easy-to-use, comprehensive solution for enhancing patient communication, managing patient care and practice financials," said Pytlak. "This certification will instantly make it more viable for thousands of pediatric offices to use an EHR to increase efficiency and decrease costs over the long-term, and we're proud to be at the vanguard of this important change."

ABOUT CONNEXIN SOFTWARE, INC.

Connexin Software, Inc. is a privately-held leader in the development of electronic health record (EHR/EMR) and practice management (PM) software solutions for the specialty of pediatric medicine. With an established client base in nearly 50 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, Connexin Software has enjoyed over 40% growth year-over-year since 2007. Headquartered in Horsham, PA, and with offices in New York City and Atascadero, California, Connexin Software publishes Office Practicum®, the only EHR developed by pediatricians that has remained specifically dedicated to the specialty of pediatrics. Since 1992, Office Practicum has set the software standard in pediatrics, including features such as AAP Bright Futures® templates, VacLogic™ vaccine forecasting, customizable school/camp forms and immunization registry interfaces. In addition to ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 compliance and certification as a Complete EHR, Office Practicum is also dually certified by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) in Child Health and as an Ambulatory EHR. For more information on Connexin Software and Office Practicum®, please visit www.officepracticum.com or call (800) 218-9916.

ABOUT ONC-ATCB CERTIFICATION

The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that EHR technology is capable of meeting the 2011/2012 criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification conferred by InfoGard does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

ABOUT INFOGARD LABORATORIES

InfoGard was founded in 1993 with a mission to provide accredited IT security assurance services to its customers. To effectively provide these services, it is committed to thoroughly understanding the industry security standards and requirements. InfoGard has been instrumental in developing a number of government and private sector test and certification programs, including the FIPS 140-2 Cryptographic Module Validation Program, the postage meter and infrastructure testing requirement for the U.S. Post Office and the former VISA Pen Entry Device (PED), now rebranded to the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Pin Transaction Security (PTS) program. InfoGard is accredited by National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) to conduct security evaluation under the Common Criteria scheme. InfoGard is independent, self-funded and employee owned. For further information, please visit www.infogard.com.

H1N1 Flu Vaccine Requires Pediatricians to Change EMR Software System Requirements (10/13/09)

Warrington, PA – October 13, 2009 – With initial shipments of the much anticipated H1N1 vaccine arriving in doctors’ offices last week, Connexin Software today announced it is delivering an expedited update of its Office Practicum™ pediatric EMR with features to support the special forecasting, administration, and billing requirements of the new vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has targeted children for the first wave of immunizations, causing grave concern in pediatric offices across the country about how to handle unprecedented demand for a vaccine.

“The new features were developed in conjunction with our physician Advisory Board to handle large volumes of patients while ensuring attention to detail and quality associated with the patient experience,” stated Gregory H. Anderson, Connexin CFO. “We added forecasting rules to ensure vaccines are given on the correct schedule, administrative tools to manage inventory and report to public health agencies, and billing templates to ensure correct coding of medical claims.”

“We have been swamped with parents calling and bringing in their children,” said Dr. Edna A. Pytlak of Brooklyn, NY. “On Monday we administered over 125 flu immunizations in our three-doctor office. The new features help us handle patients quickly without sacrificing medical safety or quality. We are required to report all immunizations promptly to the Department of Health, and the system sends them electronically so we don’t have to do it by hand. At these volumes, it’s a huge time-saver.”

H1N1 vaccine forecasting is complicated because doses are available in multiple forms (shots and nasal spray), and patients under the age of ten must return for a second dose 21-28 days later. In addition, attention must be paid to other vaccines given recently – including seasonal flu – that may interfere with this schedule. Otherwise the immunization may be less effective.

H1N1 billing rules are equally complicated because the American Medical Association and Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services only defined special codes for this purpose on September 28. By that time, many insurance payers had already announced their own rules. Doctors must follow correct guidelines for each payer in order to get paid for adminstering the vaccine. (The vaccine is given to doctors free of charge by the Federal government and cannot be resold.)

“It was quite a whirlwind around here for the past two weeks,” said Anderson, “but it was worth it. Pediatrics First™ is more than a mission statement to us; it’s a way of life. We knew our clients would be inundated early, and we wanted to be sure they were prepared. We’re proud to be doing our part to help doctors respond to this public health crisis.”

About Connexin Software, Inc.
Connexin Software, Inc. is dedicated to improving the pediatric patient experience. Office Practicum™, our award winning EMR software built by pediatricians and for pediatricians, offers you the pediatric power tools you need to manage health records in your practice.

Volunteers Work Together to Help Health Care Providers Secure Stimulus Funding for EHR Implementation (7/31/09)

Warrington, PA – July 31, 2009 – Today’s digital environment leaves little room for paper notes and files. And the health care industry is following suit.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provides approximately $19 billion for Health Information Technology (HIT) incentives over the next five years. A set of standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for electronic exchange and usage of health information will be set by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and required by providers implementing EHR systems in order to secure stimulus incentives.

“The country is clearly at a critical point in advancing health IT to a level that has significant implications for the delivery of health care”, said Susan Kressly, M.D., a practicing pediatrician from Warrington, PA.

Kressly and over 200 other volunteers from across the country recently met in Chicago to kickoff the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology’s (CCHIT®) latest round of electronic health record (EHR) certification program development aimed at accelerating the adoption of EHRs. “As a pediatrician with five years of EHR experience, I’m excited to return as a member of the Child Health workgroup and have an opportunity to make sure that the unique health IT needs of children are acknowledged and addressed,” Kressly commented.

And doctors aren’t the only ones supporting CCHIT’s mission. EHR software providers are eager to make adopting EHR’s easier for doctors and practices.

“In order for doctors to feel comfortable adopting EHR systems into their practices, they need confidence that the technology is robust, comprehensive, and interoperable,” said Gregory H. Anderson, Treasurer and CFO of Connexin Software, Inc., and volunteering member of CCHIT’s Advanced Clinical Decision Support workgroup. “As a key architect of the clinical decision support built into Office Practicum, I believe it is important to understand the needs of physicians and help develop guidelines and standards to support evolving Meaningful Use standards in the years ahead.”

Working directly with physicians and staying involved in healthcare technology organizations like the CCHIT, Connexin remains ahead of the curve in developing powerful, interoperable EHR software with unique features developed specifically for pediatricians.

About Connexin Software, Inc.
Connexin Software, Inc. is dedicated to improving the pediatric patient experience. Office PracticumTM, our award winning EMR software built by pediatricians and for pediatricians, offers you the pediatric power tools you need to manage health records in your practice. For more information on Office PracticumTM, visit www.officepracticum.com.

About CCHIT
The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has been recognized by the federal government as an official certification body for electronic health records. Its mission is to accelerate the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology. For more information, visit http://cchit.org.

“CCHIT®” and “CCHIT Certified®” are registered trademarks of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.

Office Practicum® 8.1 Achieves Conditional CCHIT® 08 Certification in Ambulatory and Child Health EHR Domains (4/20/09)

Warrington, PA – April 20, 2009 – The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT®) today announced that Connexin Software Inc.’s product Office Practicum® 8.1 is a conditionally CCHIT Certified® 08 Ambulatory EHR (additionally certified for Child Health) pending advanced ePrescribing and operational use verification. Ambulatory electronic health records (EHRs) are designed for physician offices and clinics where most Americans get their healthcare. The Commission – a private, nonprofit organization – is the Recognized Certification Body in the United States for certifying health information technology products.

In the third year of the program’s operation, the criteria and testing have been significantly updated again to provide physicians with more assurance that certified products will meet their needs for functionality, interoperability and security. The Commission added 19 criteria to the 200 required in 2007. Those changes were focused on the ability to exchange patient information with other systems. A CCHIT Certified 08 Ambulatory EHR ensures:

  • Additional electronic prescribing features: access to the patient’s medication history, formulary, and eligibility. Connexin Software is actively working with SureScripts to certify these features and expects to deliver them by early June 2009, at which time Office Practicum will qualify for full CCHIT certification.
  • Better and safer medication dosing, adjusted for patient weight and other factors.
  • Better ability to prevent adverse reactions due to drug interactions or allergies.
  • Use of standard formats to exchange basic patient information for continuity of care.
  • Enhanced ability to view X-rays and other diagnostic images.
  • Better management of patient consents and authorizations.
  • Increased use of standard formats when receiving and storing laboratory results.

“CCHIT certification is a critical milestone in the development of Office Practicum,” said Fredrick R. Pytlak, Connexin Chairman and CEO. “It is a tangible sign of the maturity and stability of the product, and of our commitment to standards and interoperability. We look forward to maintaining certification in the future and staying at the cutting edge of pediatric practice needs.”

About Connexin Software, Inc.
Connexin Software, Inc. is the leading provider of electronic medical records systems for use in pediatric clinical settings. Since 1995, Connexin has provided innovative solutions to hundreds of medical practices in over 40 states, ranging from solo providers to hospital-based clinics. The privately held company maintains primary offices in New York City and suburban Philadelphia.
“Office Practicum®” is a registered mark of Connexin Software, Inc.

About CCHIT
The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT®) is a private, nonprofit organization that has been named by the federal government as the Recognized Certification Body for health information technology. Its mission is to accelerate the adoption of health information technology by creating a credible, sustainable certification program. The certification requirements are based on widely accepted industry standards and involve the work of hundreds of expert volunteers and input from a variety of stakeholders throughout the health care industry.

More information on CCHIT and CCHIT Certified® products is available at http://www.cchit.org/ and http://www.ehrdecisions.com/.

“CCHIT®” and “CCHIT Certified®” are registered marks of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology.

Media Contacts:
Gregory H. Anderson, Connexin Software, Inc.
212-366-6987 x102
greg@connexinsoftware.com

John Morrissey, CCHIT
312-674-4934
jmorrissey@cchit.org

Real-Time Connectivity with NYC Registry (10/11/08)

Warrington, PA – October 11, 2008 – Connexin Software, Inc., publisher of the award-winning Office Practicum® pediatric electronic medical records system, today announced that it has become the first EMR vendor to pilot real-time bidirectional connectivity with the New York Citywide Immunization Registry (CIR).

“Immunization-related activities consume a lot of pediatric office resources,” said Gregory H. Anderson, Connexin Treasurer and CFO. “Much of that effort goes into building and maintaining vaccination histories. With this interface, a new patient’s immunization chart can be populated instantly with a single click – no transcription required. And submitting back to the registry is completely automatic.”

Most immunization registries now offer a combination of batch and/or interactive submission of vaccination records, plus a web portal to retrieve the information. This approach offers few workflow benefits over paper chart transcription, because that information – though often more complete and up-to-date than paper records - still must be hand-entered into EMR systems. By adopting HL7 standards and delivering delimited data through a real-time web service, the new CIR system transcends this problem by allowing for direct computer-to-computer exchange.

“Time and again, pediatricians tell us that they support universal immunization and want to do their part to disseminate information about vaccination records,” said Anderson. “But it has to be incorporated seamlessly into their office workflow, and they want to get something back for their effort. The CIR real-time interface is a huge step in that direction. Our New York City clients are eager to work with it.”

As the leader in pediatric EMRs, Office Practicum has a strong history of support for immunization registries. It was one of the first programs to provide a batch interface to the original CIR in 1997 and remains among the largest submitters of clinical vaccine records today. Subsequent enhancements have brought the total number of supported registries to more than 20. In addition, Connexin has participated in AAP/AIRA and CDC conferences to encourage broader adoption of standards and increased rates of provider participation with immunization registries.

Real-time connectivity will be demonstrated at the AAP National Conference and Exposition in Boston, Massachusetts, from October 11 – 13, 2008. Initial commercial delivery is expected immediately upon CIR production availability.

Contacts:
Gregory H. Anderson, Connexin Software, Inc.
212-366-6987 x102
greg@connexinsoftware.com

Amy Metroka, New York Citywide Immunization Registry
212-676-2323
ametroka@health.nyc.gov

About Connexin Software, Inc.
Connexin Software, Inc. is the leading provider of electronic medical records systems for use in pediatric clinical settings. Since 1995, Connexin has provided innovative solutions to hundreds of medical practices in over 40 states, ranging from solo providers to hospital-based clinics. The privately held company maintains primary offices in New York City and suburban Philadelphia.

About the New York Citywide Immunization Registry
The New York Citywide Immunization Registry provides a central record-keeping system to track the immunization status of individual children and to monitor immunization levels in the population in a timely manner. First established in 1997, the CIR makes immunization records available to individuals, parents, legal guardians or custodians, health care providers, health plans, schools, and other agencies concerned with health to help ensure that NYC residents receive all required immunizations and are, thereby, protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Office Practicum Incorporate AAP Content (10/11/08)

Warrington, PA – October 11, 2008 – Connexin Software, Inc., publisher of the award-winning Office Practicum® pediatric electronic medical records system, today announced that it has become the first EMR vendor to deliver licensed content from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to its users.

“As EMRs mature, physicians are moving beyond basic functionality and looking for decision-making resources right at the point of care,” said Fredrick Pytlak, Connexin Chairman and CEO. “With Office Practicum’s focus on pediatric requirements, the breadth and depth of the renowned AAP clinical content is a natural fit.”

“Our members have been telling us that in order to use our resources most effectively, they need to move beyond paper,” said Jill Ferguson, AAP Director of Marketing. “This agreement will help pediatricians access the expert knowledge they need to make decisions and advise patients as they write their medical records.”

The licensed content consists of two parts. The first, called “AAP Essential Guidelines,” consists of the Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents (3rd Edition) and Pediatric Clinical Practice Guidelines and Policies (PCPGP). The Bright Futures guidelines will be adapted as a series of templates, surveys, anticipatory guidance, and care plans that will allow providers to conduct well visits in accordance with current Academy recommendations and best practices. PCPGP content, which includes AAP’s clinical practice guidelines, policy statements, clinical reports and technical reports, will be delivered in its original form. PCPGP material will be indexed so that it can be accessed in a context-sensitive fashion.

The second part of the agreement covers the subscription content of the AAP Red Book® Online (RBO), Patient Education Online (PEO), and brand new Pediatric Care Online® (PCO) web sites. Connexin will act as a reseller for these services and hold a blanket license so that its users can access the sites without logging in. In addition, the content of these sites will be pre-indexed within Office Practicum. Key words and diagnostic codes will automatically generate point-and-click lists of the best available subscription content for the problem at hand.

Integration of the licensed content will be demonstrated at the AAP National Conference and Exposition in Boston, Massachusetts, from October 11 – 13, 2008. Initial commercial delivery is expected by year-end.

Contacts:
Gregory H. Anderson, Connexin Software, Inc.
212-366-6987 x102
greg@connexinsoftware.com

Kim FitzSimmons, American Academy of Pediatrics
847-434-4342
kfitzsimmons@aap.org

About Connexin Software, Inc.
Connexin Software, Inc. is the leading provider of electronic medical records systems for use in pediatric clinical settings. Since 1995, Connexin has provided innovative solutions to hundreds of medical practices in over 40 states, ranging from solo providers to hospital-based clinics. The privately held company maintains primary offices in New York City and suburban Philadelphia.

About the American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

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