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Siemens Healthineers Partners With Relaymed to Integrate Diagnostics Into EHRs

CHICAGO (3600Dx) – In the latest move to integrate diagnostic test results into electronic health records, Siemens Healthineers has entered into an exclusive arrangement with Scottish health IT company Relaymed.

Relaymed, which specializes in cloud-based point-of-care device connectivity services, will work with Siemens customers to pull data from Siemens DCA Vantage hemoglobin A1c analyzers and Clinitek Status urinalysis machines and send them to physician office EHRs. The partnership will focus on connectivity in such offices as well as ambulatory clinics, the two companies said.

"By enabling the delivery of patient results directly to EHR systems, we address a variety of manual-input challenges that trouble our customers, including discrepancies in reporting that ultimately can affect reimbursement,"  Michael Sampson, senior vice president for point-of-care diagnostics for Siemens Healthineers in North America, said in a statement.

Relaymed has connected its platform to many popular ambulatory EHRs, including those from Epic Systems, Greenway Medical, Allscripts, NextGen Healthcare, Athenahealth, GE Healthcare, and eClinical Works, covering about 70 percent of the US market for EHRs in primary care, CEO Neil Farish said via email.

Siemens Healthineers’ parent firm Siemens AG sold its health IT division to EHR giant Cerner in 2015 to focus on diagnostics and imaging. Relaymed does integrate with Cerner and Meditech EHRs as well, but Farish said he does not get those requests often, since those two companies are stronger in acute care than primary care.