Practice Pro and Kno2 announce a partnership that aims to provide physical and occupational therapist practices with a fully interoperable healthcare solution.
Through this strategic partnership, Kno2’s Interoperability as a Service (IaaS) will be integrated into the Practice Pro cloud-based EMR and practice management system, enabling physical and occupational practices to exchange clinical data and patient health information (PHI) with providers and referral sources across healthcare.

“With interoperability such an important aspect of MIPS (Merit-based Incentive Payment System) compliance, hospitals must be able to send referrals to physical therapy providers via a secure method in order for them to be eligible to receive the maximum amount of payment from Medicare,” says Sanjay Patel, founder and CEO of Practice Pro, in a media release.

“As a CMS-approved MIPS registry, we know how critical it is for our customers to be able to securely transmit their data. Practice Pro’s integration with the Kno2 interoperability platform enables physical and occupational therapy practices to seamlessly connect with millions of healthcare providers -allowing customers to send, receive, find and use patient information with everyone in their network from the Practice Pro EMR platform,” he adds.

“Enabling interoperability at ever step of the care continuum is critical to delivering the high level of coordinated care that every patient deserves,” states Kno2 CEO, Jon Elwell. “With many of the bundled payments and risk-sharing arrangements in play, hospitals and health systems prefer to work with care providers who use standards defined by the healthcare industry for the secure exchange of patient data, especially for transitions of care and referrals.”

Kno2’s IaaS enables access to providers via cloud faxing, Direct secure messaging, patient information query and patient care networks (referrals, ACOs, HIEs) guided by connectivity assessments and analytics. Designed specifically for outpatient therapy services, the integration of the Kno2 interoperability platform into Practice Pro workflows improves the efficiency of secure data exchange and streamlines the content transmission process by allowing practices to send, receive, find and use any content—from C-CDA, unstructured data, PDF, images, etc—while in turn absorbing that content directly into the patient record, the release continues.

“The catalyst for this integration was our longstanding customer Jason Baxter, DHSc OTR L, Director of Franchise Operations, ApexNetwork Physical Therapy, who wanted Practice Pro to synchronize with platforms throughout its network,” Patel adds.

“Practice Pro has been a great partner to work with,” Baxter says. “When we approached Practice Pro with the specific need, Sanjay and his team went to work on developing a solution that would allow for interoperability with the EHR systems that our referral systems use. We look forward to seeing the results of this game-changing technology.”

[Source(s): Practice Pro, Kno2]