Purkinje releases new hosted solution
Mo. and MONTREAL – Purkinje Inc., a leading provider of clinical
information systems for doctors’ offices in the United States and
Canada, has introduced CareSeries, which is said to be an integrated,
Web-based suite of software solutions for medical practices.
Tailored for small and medium-sized physician practices, CareSeries is a
hosted solution that includes electronic health record (EHR) modules,
enterprise practice management and billing, e-prescribing and a personal
Bryan Dieter (pictured), president and CEO of
Purkinje, said the system has been in development for five years, and
involved over 100 developers in St. Louis, Montreal and an office in
India. As well as being a hosted or ASP solution, the new system will
make use of thin-clients, essentially end-user computers and devices
without hard drives. “Thin clients provide users with better
manageability and lower costs,” said Dieter.
The new CareSeries will replace the previous Purkinje EHR, called
Dossier, which has many users in Canada and the U.S. Dieter said a great
deal of work has been completed on the Canadian version of CareSeries.
“Everything in Canada uses Canadian codes,” he noted, including billing
codes and ICD-10 CA.
As well, he said Purkinje is working with Canadian partners to customize
the system to different geographical areas and types of medical
practices. The company has also invested about $2 million in a
Toronto-area data centre to provide hosted solutions.
• CareSeries EHR – an electronic health record combining time enhancing
features with evidence-driven decision support and population management
• CareSeries EPM – An enterprise practice management system that
automates common administrative and billing tasks, and strealimes front
and back-office workflow while ensuring timely and accurate
• CareSeries ERx – An award winning e-prescribing system offering
context-specific integrated clinical decision support at the point of
prescribing, based on the published evidence.
• CareSeries PHR – A personal health record system which enables
communication between physicians and their patients via a secure
website. CareSeries PHR enables patients to
update demographics, request refills, view lab results, pay bills,
complete their medical history, schedule appointments, and access care
recommendations and educational handouts.
By way of background, in 1995 Purkinje released Dossier, the company’s
first Windows-based electronic medical record system. The system enabled
clinicians to quickly document encounters while capturing discrete
clinical data which could easily be reviewed, analyzed, and utilized to
positively impact patient care. It became one of the most widely used
EMRs in Canada. It is employed by thousands of physicians in clinics,
hospitals, and other organizations, including the Canadian Department of
In 2005, Purkinje was acquired by St. Louis-based Wellinx, a leading
provider of electronic prescribing software to physicians throughout the
United States. Wellinx was founded by Tom Doerr, M.D. an internal
medicine physician and the visionary behind the company’s electronic
prescribing software. Dr. Doerr’s vision was to create an e-prescribing
system that not only expedited the prescription writing process but also
provided access to useful medical evidence at the point of prescribing,
with visibility into the cost and efficacy of various medication
treatment alternatives. The product was released in 2001, and in a
series of peer-reviewed studies has been shown to have made a
substantial impact on the cost and quality of patient care.
Upon finalization of the acquisition, Wellinx adopted the Purkinje name.
Immediately thereafter, Purkinje began to build a next-generation
practice management and electronic medical record solution to be
deployed throughout the United States and Canada based on the aggregate
experience of each company. That solution is the newly released Purkinje