Solutions form a key part of health information exchange strategy to improve patient careCHICAGO and VENTURA, Calif., Dec 09, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ — Allscripts (Nasdaq: MDRX) announced today that Community Memorial Health System has selected the Allscripts Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management (PM) solution, with Allscripts Revenue Cycle Management, to enhance the quality of care, improve patient communications, and better manage the cost of care delivery. The solutions form a key component of Community Memorial’s connected healthcare strategy, which enables health information exchange and collaboration among all the members of a patient’s care team, inside and outside the health system.
“With Allscripts, the Electronic Health Record has finally become so user friendly that it has tipped the scale from being a burden to becoming a benefit,” said Stanley Frochtzwajg, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Community Memorial Health System. “National quality measures and the reimbursement tied to those measures are impacting physicians and hospitals alike. The only real way to comply with those measures and compete successfully with other health systems is by collecting and collating that data with an EHR.”
Established in 2005 by the merger of the 240-bed Community Memorial Hospital and the 103-bed Ojai Valley Community Hospital, Community Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit organization that includes the two hospitals and nine Centers for Family Health in communities across Ventura County.
Community Memorial Health System will host the Allscripts solutions for 70 contracted physicians in its nine clinics, along with a pilot group of 12 community physicians, before offering it to other affiliated physicians within the community. In providing Allscripts for all of its affiliated physicians, Community Memorial Health System is taking advantage of recent changes to the federal Stark regulations that now allow hospitals to provide assistance to non-employed physicians in purchasing healthcare information technology.
Community Memorial physicians will be able to use the Electronic Health Record to access a “virtual patient record” that aggregates and harmonizes clinical information about a patient from all the information systems in use across the health system. This interoperability platform from dbMotion accomplishes the goal of one patient record, bridging gaps that often exist between hospital-based and office-based care and enabling physicians to access a comprehensive view of all data available about a patient.
Community Memorial also will deploy the Allscripts Clinical Quality Solution (CQS), which draws data from the Electronic Health Record and Practice Management system to automate the quality reporting requirements of government and payer-funded “pay-for-performance” programs. CQS, provided by Allscripts in partnership with TeamPraxis, also delivers real-time clinical decision support information to improve the quality of patient care.
Federal EHR Incentives Provided Urgency
Community Memorial acted now in order to be eligible for incentive payments of between $44,000 and $64,000 per physician that first become available from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2011, said Dr. Frochtzwajg.
Under provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), CMS will pay the incentives over five years to physicians who adopt and demonstrate “meaningful use” of an EHR.
“The time table for the federal reimbursements begins very soon, and in order for us to safely meet that deadline we realized we must begin our implementation now,” Dr. Frochtzwajg said.
Allscripts Selected for its Ease of Use and Flexibility
Community Memorial Health System selected Allscripts following an exhaustive, year-long review of other products on the market by a team of IT and clinical specialists.
“After researching and vetting the various products available, it became very clear that the Allscripts Enterprise(R) v11 Electronic Health Record was not only the best on the market — with technology that connects information from disparate sources and features not available with any other system — but also the best EHR for our medical staff and hospital system,” said Ron Sandifer, Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Community Memorial Health System. “Allscripts balances the flexibility of individual customization with the consistency of data point aggregation, provides extensive patient care guides that are invaluable for the physician, and combines ease of learning with the capacity for rapid implementation. Moreover, we were impressed by the pervasive culture of integrity, respect and service reflected by every one of the Allscripts people we’ve met.”
Allscripts Chief Executive Officer Glen Tullman commented, “Community Memorial has joined the ranks of the nation’s elite healthcare systems in recognizing that the time is ripe to provide affiliated and community physicians with real-time access to critical health information when and where it’s needed. We look forward to a great partnership as we continue to deploy innovations like our Connect strategy with dbMotion, and our Clinical Quality Solution, which not only automates reporting but lets physicians proactively identify opportunities in their patient base for improving care and thereby lowering costs for our healthcare system.”
The Allscripts Electronic Health Record automates clinical workflow and gives physicians immediate access to critical data from hospitals, labs, pharmacies, payers and patients. Healthcare providers can access the Electronic Health Record at any time, whether they are in the clinic, at the hospital or on-call at home. The Allscripts Practice Management solution with integrated Revenue Cycle Management combines billing and scheduling with integrated claims, remittance and eligibility capabilities in a single package. Together, they are used by thousands of physician groups across the U.S. to process more than 260 million claims annually and 500 million revenue cycle management transactions.
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.
For more Allscripts news, follow us on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/AllscriptsMisys
This news release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Statements regarding future events, developments, the Company’s future performance, as well as management’s expectations, beliefs, intentions, plans, estimates or projections relating to the future are forward-looking statements within the meaning of these laws. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, some of which are outlined below. As a result, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are: the volume and timing of systems sales and installations; length of sales cycles and the installation process; the possibility that products will not achieve or sustain market acceptance; the timing, cost and success or failure of new product and service introductions, development and product upgrade releases; competitive pressures including product offerings, pricing and promotional activities; our ability to establish and maintain strategic relationships; undetected errors or similar problems in our software products; compliance with existing laws, regulations and industry initiatives and future changes in laws or regulations in the healthcare industry; possible regulation of the Company’s software by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; the possibility of product-related liabilities; our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; our ability to identify and complete acquisitions, manage our growth and integrate acquisitions; the ability to recognize the benefits of the merger with Misys Healthcare Systems, LLC (“MHS”); the integration of MHS with the Company and the possible disruption of current plans and operations as a result thereof; maintaining our intellectual property rights and litigation involving intellectual property rights; risks related to third-party suppliers; our ability to obtain, use or successfully integrate third-party licensed technology; breach of our security by third parties; and the risk factors detailed from time to time in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our May 31, 2009 Annual Report on Form 10-K available through the Web site maintained by the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
SOURCE Allscripts-Misys Healthcare Solutions, Inc.