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Association of Black Cardiologists Partners with DrFirst to Accelerate Health Care Technology Use among Physicians in Diverse Communities

Partnership will promote DrFirst's affordable e-prescribing and "Meaningful Use" solutions along with patient advocacy programs to member providers

May 13, 2011

DrFirst announced today that the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) has chosen to partner with them to offer their award-winning and certified electronic prescribing and “Meaningful Use” solutions to diverse physicians, especially those in African American communities. In an effort to close the “digital divide” that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health (ONC) warned is preventing minority providers from participating in various government health care IT initiatives, the ABC is taking the lead to drive health care IT adoption rates among African American cardiologists. Many ABC members are small practice physicians who treat a growing number of under-served Medicaid, Medicare, and uninsured patients. Through this partnership ABC members will now have access to the clinical and financial benefits of health care technology with DrFirst’s cost-effective e-prescribing, “Meaningful Use”, and patient medication adherence programs.

“The ABC has a history of being the voice of hope and change for the most vulnerable in our society. The ABC has had several strategic plans in place to achieve this, and partnering with DrFirst is one of the ways we expect to reach our goals,” said Marcus L. Williams, M.D. President of ABC. “In addition to helping our physicians take advantage of the Meaningful Use incentives and avoid the MIPPA penalties, DrFirst will play an instrumental part in reaching the goal of seeing a 20 percent reduction in cardiovascular disparity in African Americans by the year 2020.”

DrFirst’s established reputation in this arena is attributed in part to solutions that are realistically priced and scalable for any medical practice. DrFirst solutions are created by doctors, for doctors, and designed for quick implementation with minimal training and little or no investment in additional IT infrastructure. Several of these cost-effective solutions are now available to ABC member providers, including:

Rcopia™ Classic e-prescribing and patient medication history solution: qualifies ABC members for e-prescribing and physician quality reporting incentives; members avoid the MIPPA penalties coming in June 2011.
RcopiaMU™ Meaningful Use solution: qualifies eligible ABC members for up to $21K in Meaningful Use incentive money this year; up to $63,750 total over the next four years.
Patient Medication Adherence tools: a portfolio of affordable, quick to deploy tools that send medication reminders, coach patients, and provide other bilingual patient education resources that improve patient medication adherence. This is a pressing issue for ABC providers who treat a growing number of patients who struggle with chronic disease.
DrFirst Financial: financing programs which allow providers to avoid upcoming MIPPA penalties, qualify for ARRA incentives, and retain capital for other expenditures.
“The timing could not be better for the ABC to take the initiative in driving health care technology adoption among providers who are engaged with minority communities. We look forward to working closely with the ABC to help their members and patients reap the benefits of e-prescribing, Meaningful Use, and other health care technologies,” stated G. Cameron Deemer, President of DrFirst.

ABC members are encouraged to contact DrFirst at or (866) 263-6511 to learn how DrFirst solutions can help them earn e-prescribing and Meaningful Use incentives this year, and avoid upcoming June MIPPA penalties for failure to e-prescribe.

About the ABC
Founded in 1974, the Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc., (ABC) is a nonprofit organization with an international membership of 2,500 health professionals, lay members of the community (Community Health Advocates), corporate members, and institutional members. The ABC is dedicated to eliminating the disparities related to cardiovascular disease in all people of color. Today, the ABC’s public and private partnerships continue to increase our impact in communities across the nation. The Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc. is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). For more information visit