CHICAGO and ANDERSON, S.C., April 6, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ –Allscripts (Nasdaq: MDRX) announced today that AnMed Health, a 573-bed health system located in Upstate South Carolina, has selected the Allscripts Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution to enhance the quality of patient care, improve patient communications, and better manage the cost of care delivery.
“AnMed Health is committed to bringing the future of healthcare to patients in Upstate South Carolina by providing our physicians with access to the information they need, when they need it most, via a connected electronic health record,” said John Miller, Chief Executive Officer of AnMed Health. “Allscripts gives our providers the ability to connect to one another and to other providers throughout the region, leading to further integration, better coordination of care, and ultimately improved outcomes for our patients.”
AnMed Health will provide the Electronic Health Record to approximately 60 physicians employed by the AnMed Health Physician Network and approximately 40 independent physicians who are affiliated with the health system. For a monthly fee, the affiliated physicians can access the Electronic Health Record through a turn-key solution that will include hosted delivery over the Internet, a help desk, interfaces to ancillary services such as laboratories and radiology, and connections to AnMed Health’s McKesson hospital information systems.
AnMed Health currently provides the Allscripts Tiger(R) (formerly Misys Tiger) practice management system to employed and affiliated physician members via the same hosted model.
As part of the agreement, Allscripts will donate Electronic Health Record licenses to the Anderson Free Clinic, an AnMed Health-supported non-profit organization that has provided high quality, free medical services to the Anderson community since 1984.
Lynn Gregory, director of Physician Network Services for AnMed Health, said the health system selected Allscripts not only for its ability to integrate the EHR with AnMed Health’s existing practice management system, but also because Allscripts delivers a strong focus on community-building. “Allscripts has a clear plan to help us implement a system that will improve and coordinate patient care throughout the AnMed Health network. The Allscripts Electronic Health Record system will provide many benefits, including a medium to better share information between providers, more efficiently maintain patients’ medications and allergies, and give patients faster access to test results,” Gregory said.
As part of its Allscripts deployment, AnMed Health may provide its physicians in the AnMed Health Physician Network with a number of Allscripts innovations designed to deliver patient information when and where it is most needed, including:
- Allscripts Patient Portal, enabling patients to play a larger and more important role in their own healthcare management while helping the practice to save time, lower costs and increase revenues.
- Allscripts Clinical Quality Solution (CQS) delivers clinical decision support information at the point of care and automates the time-consuming process of participating in Pay-for-Quality programs.
- Allscripts Remote provides remote access to the Electronic Health Record via iPhone(TM), BlackBerry(R) or Windows(R) smart phones. With Allscripts Remote, physicians can safely make critical medical decisions even when they are away from the office, with all relevant information available on the one device they keep closest.
“AnMed Health is a leader among rural hospitals nationwide in reaching out to physicians across their community to help create the connected system of health that we all want,” said Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. “AnMed [Health]’s employed and affiliated physicians have our commitment that we will continue to innovate and provide new solutions like the Patient Portal, CQS and Allscripts Remote that make their practices more efficient while helping them deliver a healthcare experience that’s richer in content, higher in care quality, and safer for patients.”
About AnMed Health
AnMed Health is South Carolina’s largest independent, not-for-profit health system with more than 35 patient care sites. AnMed Health is anchored by the 461-bed Medical Center and includes a satellite North Campus which houses a 72-bed Women’s and Children’s Hospital, a comprehensive Cancer Center, a Cardiac and Orthopedic Center, and multiple physician offices. The system also includes the 40-bed AnMed Health Rehabilitation Hospital, a joint venture with HealthSouth. AnMed Health employs approximately 3,000 people, has more than 400 physicians on staff, and serves as a teaching facility for 30 family medicine residents. AnMed Health was named a HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence in 2008 and 2009, putting the health care system in the top 5 percent of hospitals nationally for overall clinical quality. AnMed Health is affiliated with Cannon Memorial Hospital in Pickens, S.C. and Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte, N.C. For more information, visit www.anmedhealth.org.
Allscripts uses innovation technology to bring health to healthcare. More than 160,000 physicians, 800 hospitals and nearly 8,000 post-acute and homecare organizations utilize Allscripts to improve the health of their patients and their bottom line. The company’s award-winning solutions include electronic health records, electronic prescribing, revenue cycle management, practice management, document management, care management, emergency department information systems and homecare automation. Allscripts is the brand name of Allscripts-Misys Healthcare Solutions, Inc. To learn more, visit www.allscripts.com.
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