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Waltham, Mass. – Acumen Physician Solutions, a subsidiary of Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), today announced that it has joined forces with Epic Systems Corporation to develop Acumen 2.0 powered by Epic. This unprecedented partnership between the nation’s two largest providers of electronic health records (EHRs) for nephrologists enables information sharing and provider communication on a scale unmatched in the marketplace.
“Our collaboration with Epic delivers next generation EHR capabilities for our valued physicians and clinicians, improving usability and enhancing data sharing capabilities,” says Bill Valle, Chief Executive Officer for FMCNA. “The ability to connect the vast majority of our caregivers through Epic’s feature rich tools will empower our providers and their patients with actionable data—where and when they need it—and underscores our efforts to be the clear partner of choice for physicians.”
Epic is the information backbone for a majority of the largest integrated health systems in the world, a broad connected community for patient information comprising 405 health care organizations covering 41,200 clinics, 1,950 hospitals, and over 336,000 physicians. In the United States, the Epic community cares for over 60% of the total patient population. Epic’s growing footprint of nearly 2,000 hospitals and extensive integration with hospital systems will provide Acumen 2.0 customers with improved access to important patient data to help make more informed and timely decisions.
“Acumen 2.0 improves out-of-the-office workflow efficiency for our many physicians who spend considerable time in hospitals working as consultants and/or attending to their own patients in clinics,” said Dr. Frank Maddux, FMCNA’s Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President for Clinical and Scientific Affairs, and Founder of Acumen Physician Solutions. “Enhancing access to patient data will not only improve care coordination and the user experience for our physicians, but will also drive innovation and quality for the benefit of the patients entrusted to our care.”
Acumen 2.0 presents a significant upgrade of Acumen’s current health IT products to help nephrologists be successful in this changing era of healthcare. Systems interoperability, data sharing and care coordination are increasingly important for population health management efforts, especially for patients under risk-based care models, including the nearly 20 percent of Fresenius Medical Care’s dialysis patients that are expected to be under some form of risk-based care by the end of 2017.
Fresenius Medical Care North America is the premier health care company focused on providing the highest quality care to people with renal and other chronic conditions. Through its industry-leading network of dialysis facilities, outpatient cardiac and vascular labs, and urgent care centers, as well as the country’s largest practice of hospitalist and post-acute providers, Fresenius Medical Care provides coordinated health care services at pivotal care points for hundreds of thousands of chronically ill customers throughout the continent. As the world’s only fully vertically integrated renal company, it offers specialty pharmacy and laboratory services, and manufactures and distributes the most comprehensive line of dialysis equipment, disposable products, and renal pharmaceuticals. For more information, visit the FMCNA website at www.fmcna.com.
Acumen Physician Solutions is the market leading EHR for nephrology and a subsidiary of Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA). Since 2007, the company has been a strategic asset for FMCNA’s Fresenius Kidney Care dialysis division, successfully penetrating the nephrology EHR market with a relentless focus on nephrologists’ unique needs and their overall experience. The Acumen footprint includes 280 nephrology practices, along with over 2,400 providers. Nephrology-specific products include: Acumen Mobile Charge Capture, Acumen nEHR, Acumen Plus (nEHR+PM), Acumen Practice Management, Acumen Nephrologixx, and Acumen PQRS. For more information, please visit http://acumenmd.com/2-0-coming-soon/
Fresenius Medical Care North America
Jon Stone, 781-392-4680