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4 heart-warming cardiology outcomes

February is national heart month in many countries, which is a perfect time to thank cardiac care givers. Sure, candy and flowers are nice for Valentine’s Day. But we’d rather pay tribute with something nearer and dearer to many of us: better healthcare results.

Check out these stories about how cardiac caregivers have used Allscripts solutions to improve results:

1. There’s hope for the brokenhearted.

Alamance Regional Medical Center (Burlington, N.C., USA) established the goal of providing perfect care to its acute myocardial infarction (AMI) patients. SunriseTM provides reminders and reports to help ensure high standards throughout the course of treatment. It helped improve AMI quality scores by 12.54% and the unadjusted mortality rate by 38%.

2. Long-distance relationships are easier with technology.

More than 120,000 patients rely on New Mexico Heart Institute (NMHI) (Albuquerque, N.M., USA). With some offices up to 400 miles away from its main clinic, NMHI spent countless hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars annually managing and sharing paper charts, until it deployed Allscripts TouchWorks® EHR. After just one year, the practice saved $830,400 in costs for transcription, medical records staff and labor/supply costs for creating and filing charts.

3. Nothing says “I love you” like clear patient instruction.

Blessing Hospital is a 287-bed independent hospital in Quincy, Ill., USA. Several Allscripts solutions improved compliance with discharge instructions for patients with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF). Since go-live, 100% of CHF patients have received documented patient instruction, a 33% improvement.

4. Be mine, lost revenue.

Carolina Cardiology, a practice with four physicians in Fayetteville, N.C., USA, turned to Allscripts consulting services to help make its billing process more efficient.  The results were better than expected. The practice found missing charges, enabling it to capture $140,000 in additional revenue. It also reduced accounts receivable days outstanding by 11.5 days and cut aged outstanding secondary claims by almost half.

It warms our hearts to know that Allscripts solutions helped these providers improve outcomes. Want to send a love note to your favorite cardiac care provider? Share your gratitude in the comments below.

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