14-Hospital Health System Automates Patient Quality Management and Discharge Process, and Provides Electronic Health Record for California Home Health Network
CHICAGO and ORANGE, Calif., Feb. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —
St. Joseph Health System (SJHS), a $4.6 billion not-for-profit Catholic healthcare system based in Orange, CA that provides a broad range of medical services in California, West Texas and Eastern New Mexico, has selected Care Management(TM) and Homecare(TM) solutions from Allscripts (Nasdaq: MDRX) to streamline patient movement through their 14 hospitals and enhance patient care following discharge.
The Allscripts Care Management solution will help ensure continuity of care by automating and consolidating everyday tasks for SJHS’s hospital case managers including utilization management, discharge planning, documentation integrity, audit management and quality management. The fully-integrated, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application also will streamline the referral of patients requiring long-term care to SJHS’s network of post-acute organizations as well as the Allscripts proprietary network of 110,000 post-acute providers.
“Allscripts will standardize case management processes across the organization while improving transitions of care for all of our patients,” said Clyde E. Wesp, Jr., MD, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Medical Information Officer of SJHS. “A key benefit is the automation of the discharge process, which lets us quickly and easily connect with our own and other long-term care organizations to find the best fit for patients who need further care, and helps patients make a faster, more informed choice.”
SJHS Home Care Network Automates with Electronic Health Record
The St. Joseph Home Health Network’s home health and hospice agencies across California and Texas will deploy the Allscripts Homecare solution, providing billing, scheduling, and an Electronic Health Record in a unified, seamless electronic system. During home visits, SJHS nurses will use the EHR to document patient care and compare their assessments from previous visits. They can also generate customized care plans and OASIS quality reports for Medicare.
“Allscripts Homecare is a business optimization tool that lets our staff quickly and easily perform everyday administrative and clinical tasks while rapidly scaling up to help us meet growing demand,” said Linda Glomp, Executive Director of SJHS’s Home Health Network. “More importantly, though, the application supports our clinicians in the field by delivering the most relevant and up-to-date information at the point of care, so our patients benefit from the electronic connectivity.”
SJHS’s homecare agencies also will use the Allscripts Referral Management(TM) solution to review and respond to electronic referrals from SJHS and other hospitals, manage other tasks involved in the intake process, and ensure they quickly capture referred patients best suited for the care they provide.
“St. Joseph Health System shares our vision of ensuring that patients receive excellent care from the moment they are admitted to the hospital through discharge and continuing with post-hospital care in their own home,” said Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. “Our solutions help by delivering efficiencies inside the hospital and seamless connectivity outside to the critical post-acute facilities that provide the next level of care, while equipping home health providers with the information they need to make the best decisions at the point of care.”
SJHS will connect with their Meditech inpatient systems and the Allscripts solutions, allowing patient clinical, demographic, and insurance information to be shared automatically between the applications.
SJHS currently utilizes the Allscripts Electronic Health Record to automate and connect its Foundation Physicians in California, physicians of SJHS’s Covenant Medical Group in Lubbock, Texas, and is providing Electronic Health Records in a community program to private practiced physicians affiliated with all of its hospitals.
About St. Joseph Health System
The St. Joseph Health System (SJHS) is a $4.6 billion, integrated Catholic healthcare delivery system sponsored by the St. Joseph Health Ministry. We provide a full range of care facilities including acute care hospitals, home health agencies, hospice care, outpatient services, skilled nursing facilities, community clinics, and physician organizations throughout California, Texas and New Mexico. Our 24,000 dedicated employees strive daily to provide perfect care while building the healthiest communities and ensuring every encounter is sacred. SJHS is committed to maintaining a continuum of care that matches the diverse needs of the communities we serve. For more information about SJHS, log onto www.stjoe.org.
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