Native Integration of Acute and Ambulatory Electronic Health Records for 70 Affiliated Physicians Contributes to Connected Community of Health
CHICAGO and PARKERSBURG, W.Va., May 5, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Camden-Clark Medical Center (CCMC), the third-largest hospital-based healthcare system in West Virginia, has signed a multimillion dollar agreement with Allscripts to develop a connected community of health(TM) encompassing its two hospitals and affiliated physicians across the Mid-Ohio Valley.
The agreement calls for CCMC to deploy the full Sunrise Enterprise(TM) integrated suite of clinical and revenue cycle solutions from Allscripts, as well as the Allscripts Enterprise Performance Management solution suite, at St. Joseph‘s Hospital, a 325-bed acute care facility recently acquired by CCMC, replacing their existing Meditech system. The sweeping Electronic Health Record (EHR) and administrative software initiative will connect St. Joseph‘s to CCMC’s other Parkersburg facility, 248-bed Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, which selected the identical Allscripts product suite last July.
Allscripts and CCMC also will deliver direct, native integration – requiring no third-party software – between CCMC’s inpatient Sunrise solutions and the Allscripts Professional Electronic Health Record, currently utilized by 70 employed and affiliated physicians in offices across the Mid-Ohio Valley.
“This expansion of our partnership with Allscripts will help us to improve our care team’s efficiency and decision making, enhance administrative processes and drive better care coordination between our hospitals and our employed and affiliated physicians across our service area,” said Michael A. King, Chief Executive Officer of CCMC. “By creating one high-tech, high-touch medical center in which caregivers inside and outside have access to the latest patient information, we are expanding our ability to nurture a stronger, healthier community for our patients.”
Camden–Clark acquired St. Joseph‘s in March in a strategic agreement that created CCMC and simultaneously affiliated the new medical center with the statewide West Virginia United Health System, which is anchored by the West Virginia University Hospitals.
The Allscripts initiative positions CCMC and affiliated physicians who use the Allscripts EHR to achieve the “meaningful use” requirements of the federal HITECH Act, qualifying them for significant time-stamped financial incentives. To that end, Allscripts has committed to bring its solutions live at CCMC’s hospitals in a “big bang” or all-at-once implementation by November 2012 using the Allscripts “speed to value” accelerated implementation approach.
“Through this further investment in building a world-class information technology infrastructure, we not only expect to qualify for significant federal payments under HITECH but also to ensure that the patients and the community we serve will receive the ultimate benefit of improved healthcare for their lifetime,” said Alan Butcher, Chief Financial Officer of CCMC.
Allscripts Chief Executive Officer Glen Tullman added, “Through this initiative, Camden-Clark Medical Center joins the nation’s leading healthcare organizations in building a connected community of health that provides caregivers inside and outside its hospitals with instant access to the latest patient information, empowering them to work as a team to coordinate patient care. We are committed to helping Camden–Clark and their physicians to be successful in achieving their clinical and business goals and rapidly qualifying for meaningful use through our unique combination of leading-edge solutions and accelerated implementation services.”
New clinical technology solutions for St. Joseph‘s Hospital include:
- Allscripts leading Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) system and other integrated clinical software solutions that document and automate care at the bedside, critical care units, laboratory, radiology department and the emergency room.
- An integrated pharmacy system that will set the stage for closed loop medication administration processes and expedite more accurate handoffs between clinicians and pharmacists to reduce the chance for medication errors.
- Allscripts Knowledge-Based Medication Administration(TM) to help ensure the right patient receives the right medication via a handheld device caregivers will use to scan medication bar codes at the bedside.
- Web portal technology to give CCMC physicians secure, Internet access to patient information, such as test results and vital signs to enable quicker, more informed patient care decisions, regardless of whether the physician is at the hospital, home or office.
- Allscripts Sunrise Patient Portal(TM) to provide patients with self-service functionality, such as internet access to updated health information and ability to schedule doctor appointments. This level of patient connectivity and access to information is another facet providers must demonstrate to meet HITECH “Meaningful Use” requirements.
New revenue cycle and front-end access management solutions to more-effectively manage the business aspects of the hospital include:
- The entire Allscripts Enterprise Performance Management suite: Sunrise EPSi(TM), Sunrise Patient Flow(TM) and Sunrise Clinical Analytics(TM), which together enhance the hospital’s strategic planning, operating budgeting and patient throughput processes, and more.
- Sunrise Clinical Analytics(TM), to track and measure clinical performance, helping the hospital improve quality, enhance medication safety and support its ability to meet the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) quality measures and Joint Commission standards.
About Camden-Clark Medical Center
Camden-Clark Medical Center serves the mid-Ohio Valley and surrounding region through Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, a 248-bed, not-for-profit, acute care facility with a 25-bed skilled nursing unit, and St. Joseph‘s Hospital, a 325-bed acute care facility. CCMC provides a broad range of services, offering the latest in medical technology and a highly trained staff. As the community’s hospital for more than a century, CCMC maintains a leadership role as the region’s primary source for advanced healthcare and wellness programs and has earned accreditation from The Joint Commission. For more information, see http://www.ccmh.org/.
Allscripts (Nasdaq: MDRX) provides innovative solutions that empower all stakeholders across the healthcare continuum to deliver world-class outcomes. The company’s clinical, financial, connectivity and information solutions for hospitals, physicians and post-acute organizations are the essential technologies that enable a connected community of health. To learn more about Allscripts, please visit https://www.allscripts.com/, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
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