Software-as-a-Service Solution will be a key component of connected healthcare in Central Massachusetts
CHICAGO and WORCESTER, Mass., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Allscripts (Nasdaq: MDRX) announced today that UMass Memorial Health Care has selected the Allscripts Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management solution as the preferred solution for private physicians in its community, including the nearly 2,000 physicians affiliated with the health system. UMass Memorial and Allscripts will offer the solution, with onsite training and customization included, as a key component of their connected healthcare strategy that enables information sharing and collaboration among all the members of a patient’s care team, inside or outside the health system.
UMass Memorial is the clinical partner of University of Massachusetts Medical School and the largest healthcare system in Central and Western Massachusetts. The system includes UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass. and four community hospitals: Clinton Hospital in Clinton; HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster and Fitchburg; Marlborough Hospital in Marlborough, and Wing Memorial Hospital in Palmer, MA.
Nearly 400 physicians employed by UMass Memorial already use the Allscripts Electronic Health Record to enhance the quality of the care they deliver, improve patient communications, and better manage the cost of care delivery.
The health system’s offering to independent physicians is intended to help them take advantage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which provides up to $44,000 for physicians who adopt and use an Electronic Health Record, beginning in 2011.
“UMass Memorial feels it is crucial that we partner with our private practice colleagues to help them implement EHRs and qualify for the stimulus incentives,” said William Corbett, M.D., Vice President of Community Practices for UMass Memorial Health Care, and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. “Our goal is to be as interconnected as possible so we can provide the very best care to our patients. Allscripts has a great small office solution and our strong relationship with them allowed us to include important enhancements and still offer the product at a reasonable price.”
The Allscripts Electronic Health Record solution selected by UMass Memorial includes at no additional cost to the providers two days of onsite training, one day of post-implementation training, and one day of customization – a significant benefit made possible by UMass Memorial. In addition, UMass Memorial will connect the Allscripts solution to its other information systems to provide electronic orders and results as an integral part of the solution, thereby reducing potential errors and improving efficiency for participating practices. The Allscripts Electronic Health Record solution will also be able to access UMass Memorial’s virtual patient record that aggregates and harmonizes clinical information about a patient from all the different information systems across the enterprise. This interoperability platform from dbMotion enables physicians to access a comprehensive view of all data available about a patient, bridging gaps that often exist between hospital-based and office-based care.
“Our community physicians have been asking for help in selecting an EHR, which is understandable given the wide variety of vendors and complexity of the solutions,” said George M. Brenckle Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for UMass Memorial. “We selected Allscripts because of our great experience with the company and their Electronic Health Record, but also because they have signed a strategic partnership agreement with dbMotion that makes our creation of a new healthcare IT infrastructure possible.”
The Allscripts Electronic Health Record is available as both a SaaS (Software as a Service) and on-premise solution, giving physicians a choice of what works best for them, and offers robust capabilities for electronic health, practice management and claims management. The solution is designed to help small physician practices overcome cost and IT complexity barriers.
“UMass Memorial is a national leader in demonstrating that the connected system of health we aspire to, that delivers higher quality patient care at an affordable cost, is within reach if the right leadership and right solutions are in place,” said Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. “Our strategic agreement with dbMotion also makes it possible for UMass Memorial to create an electronic dialogue between the 400 existing UMass Memorial users of our electronic health record and their affiliated physician groups, offering their patients a fully integrated healthcare experience that is both richer in content, higher quality in care, and safer.”
About UMass Memorial Health Care
UMass Memorial Health Care is Central Massachusetts’ largest not-for-profit health care delivery system, covering the complete health care continuum with UMass Memorial Medical Center, its academic medical center, member and affiliated community hospitals, freestanding primary care practices, ambulatory outpatient clinics, home health agencies, hospice programs, a rehabilitation group and mental heath services. UMass Memorial is the clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Go to www.umassmemorial.org for additional information.
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, hospital 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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