CareCentric/Fastrack build for e-CMNs

Tuesday, April 30, 2002

SCHENECTDETY, N.Y. — Both CareCentric and Fastrack said they would build modules to let customers launch Trac Medical's CareCert e-CMNs from inside their systems.

CareCentric expects to begin beta-testing the module this summer and to fully release the API (application program interface) by Medtrade in the fall. Although CareCentric has yet to work out the API's keystrokes, CareCentric's senior vice president of sales and marketing, Mark Kulik, said Mestamed users would barely notice its presence inside the system.

The e-CMN add-on would simply extract relevant data from the intake process to populate the required fields of an e-CMN. Then, either immediately or in a batch at end-of-day, Mestamed would transmit e-CMNs to Trac Medical's servers via a private line. Trac Medical would then process the Mestamed data and reroute it to the doctor's office.

The ability to launch from within an existing system is absolutely necessary, said Randi Neal, director of field operating systems for American HomePatient, who has tested Trac Medical's CareCert e-CMN and will beta-test Mestamed's API.

"Without that front-end integration piece, I can't use anyone's electronic CMN package," he said.

The alternative to an integrated CMN solution would require duplicate data entry of patient information. Until Mestamed rolls out its API, Neal said American HomePatient would double-enter patient information as the company pushes ahead with CareCert. HME