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CDW Healthcare (Vernon Hills, Illinois) and Greenway Medical Technologies (Carrolton, Georgia), a provider of electronic health record (EHR), ambulatory healthcare and clinical research business solutions, reported a partnership to deliver a comprehensive EHR using Greenway Medical's PrimeSuite offering. The new partnership with CDW is the largest channel partner agreement signed by Greenway in its 12-year history, the company noted.

“Implementing an EHR solution requires a significant effort from physician practices, and technology partners should focus on helping to simplify and ease the adoption process,“ said Bob Rossi, vice president of CDW Healthcare. “Through this partnership with Greenway, CDW Healthcare delivers a one-stop, comprehensive solution that can enable providers to meet the criteria for Stage 1 meaningful use.“

The two companies are already training a team of CDW Healthcare account managers dedicated to the ambulatory EHR market. In addition to owning a full understanding of Greenway's PrimeSuite offering, these account managers will have access to a broad array of fully-compatible IT products, technology expertise and associated services.

“The partnership with CDW Healthcare announced today marks an important step in the continued growth and expansion of Greenway Medical Technologies,“ said Tee Green, president/CEO. “The unmatched reach and unique capabilities of the CDW Healthcare team will enable Greenway to significantly expand the availability of PrimeSuite across the country, bringing increased efficiency and improved patient care to a greater number of physician practices. We are proud to partner with such a well-regarded industry leader, and look forward to the mutual success this agreement will bring.“

In other HIT news:

• ImplementHIT (Las Vegas), a consulting firm that helps hospitals and large physician practices drive organization-wide adoption of EMR systems, said it has rolled out a customized online learning solution for Allscripts Enterprise EHR for 140 physicians and clinical staff users at Tucson Orthopaedic Institute (TOI; Tucson, Arizona). ImplementHIT is led by physicians and experts in clinical and medical informatics and with PhD-level proficiency in elearning.

ImplementHIT's training technology facilitates customization, providing the benefit of enhanced quality with decreased costs, according to the company. Clinical scenarios used to train the orthopedic surgeons at TOI are based on actual scenarios from their practice.

• U.S. Bank Healthcare Payment Solutions (Minneapolis) says it has launched Payment Master, a full-service healthcare claims settlement system for healthcare payers and providers designed to lower administrative costs and improve the efficiency of the overall healthcare payment system. U.S. Bank is marketing Payment Master to commercial insurers, government payers such as state Medicaid programs, and third-party administrators.

• DaVita (Denver), a provider of kidney care services for those diagnosed with chronic kidney disease and end stage renal disease, reported the launch of MyDaVita, an online tool intended to help patients connect with one another for friendship, support and educational information.

“MyDaVita offers all dialysis patients and their families a tailored social networking experience where they can meet new friends and share information about kidney health,“ said Rebecca Steinfort, chief strategy and marketing officer for DaVita. “DaVita is more than just a dialysis provider - our goal is to create an interactive experience where people can communicate and engage with one another about kidney disease.“

MyDaVita is an interactive addition to DaVita.com where patients can help ease the stress of dialysis through social networking in an online community.