Allscripts and Quest Diagnostics have new iterations of their electronic health records systems, while Cerner Corp. is enhancing its information exchange capabilities:

Allscripts announces its new Sunrise acute and ambulatory information systems, version 6.1, have received Complete EHR certifications of compliance with the 2014 Edition criteria of the electronic health records meaningful use program. The 2014 Edition includes revised criteria for Stage 1 and criteria for the new Stage 2 program that starts in October 2013 for hospitals and January 2014 for eligible professionals. The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology was the certifying entity. Both new Sunrise systems are now commercially available.

Quest Diagnostics now offers a cloud-based version of its Care360 electronic health records product, as well as electronic prescribing and laboratory order/results software. AT&T is hosting the applications on its AT&T Healthcare Community Online service. The telecommunications company also will resell the Quest products. The arrangement helps Quest target new business from larger provider organizations including accountable care organizations.

Cerner Corp. now supports the Blue Button+ software that aids delivery of information to a personal health record, including care summaries, reminders and instructional material. Blue Button +, which presents information in a more user-friendly presentation that the original Blue Button text files, is an expansion of Cerner’s secure messaging services using protocols from the federally developed Direct Project initiative.

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