A unit of United Health Group has partnered with The American Medical Association to help physicians adopt and implement electronic health records.

Ingenix, Eden Prairie, Min., and the AMA, Chicago, Ill., are working together to help physicians use health IT systems to enhance patient care, simplify administration and improve clinical efficiency.

As part of this collaboration, the AMA has selected Ingenix CareTracker as the first electronic health records (EHR) system offered through the AMA’s new online health information solutions platform for physicians. The AMA platform will enable physicians to assess and meet clinical and practice needs, providing them with access to information, products and services with a single, secure sign-on.

The platform, which will launch nationwide later this year, is being beta tested in Michigan in collaboration with the Michigan State Medical Society, Lansing, Mich.

“Increasing use of EHRs and health information technology overall will be essential to improving patient outcomes and reducing the administrative burdens on doctors,” said AMA Immediate-Past Board Chair Joseph M. Heyman, M.D.

Miller said also that CareTracker can help physicians demonstrate “meaningful use” of an EHR system, which is necessary to qualify for up to $44,000 in federal incentives, provided through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, to implement the technology.

CareTracker is an Web-based practice management and electronic health record system that requires no expenditures for IT, hardware or maintenance, Ingenix says. The product lets physicians enter, retrieve and correlate patient information at the point of care. The system also integrates with operational functions of a physician practice, such as billing, scheduling and documentation.