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What FQHCs are looking for in an EHR

A strong electronic health record (EHR) core is important in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. It’s especially critical for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), which provide “safety net” health care in underserved communities. The United States has more than 1,000 FQHCs operating in 6,000 locations. These are community health centers and programs serving uninsured or underinsured populations such as migrant workers, public housing residents and the homeless. They helped an estimated 20 million patients in 2010. FQHCs must make the most of every investment – including health IT – to serve their communities. We recently interviewed team members from Delaware Health Net (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.), a network of 11 FQHCs, about the network’s healthy EHR core. Using Allscripts solutions, member FQHCs have improved clinical results, met Meaningful Use and earned an estimated $6.3 million in incentive funding. You can see highlights […]

What’s the fastest way to reduce clicks in the patient documentation process? Try spoken commands that the electronic health record (EHR) recognizes and documents in the patient record. I get so excited to talk about what NoteSwift for Allscripts Professional EHRTM can do for our clients because it makes an immediate and positive impact on how physicians interact with their EHRs. It doesn’t just reduce clicks – it virtually eliminates them. NoteSwift for Professional EHR is powered by Dragon speech recognition and enables the clinician to forego the keyboard and mouse. Instead they can speak directly to Professional EHR to move around in the application and work more efficiently. NoteSwift can help clinicians cut their patient documentation time in half and often use the EHR even more efficiently. Dr. Donald Smith, Indiana University Health, attests: “NoteSwift for Allscripts Professional EHR […]

We have a great client community at Allscripts. People are often willing to share best practices and outcomes. Because when we exchange ideas and experiences, we help each other deliver the highest quality care, as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. We recently sat down with Family Medical Center (Seymour, Indiana, USA) to learn more about how it is using several of our solutions, including Allscripts Professional EHRTM, Allscripts Practice ManagementTM, Allscripts PayerPathTM and FollowMyHealth® patient engagement portal. They’ve achieved great results. You can learn more about Family Medical Center’s success in a recent case study. Editor’s Note: On June 3, 2015 we removed outdated supplemental material.

Virdee Medical (Hornell, NY, U.S.A), a busy private pediatric practice, left paper charts behind when it implemented a hosted Allscripts solution in 2010. After migrating to hosted Allscripts Professional EHR and Allscripts Practice Management in 2013, the practice improved performance in many ways, as shared in a recent case study. 1)      No hassling with servers “We live in a physician community and saw the challenges many of our colleagues had with servers,” said Maninder Virdee, practice manager at Virdee Medical. “They constantly had to upgrade. We just did not want that responsibility.” 2)      Helps meet regulatory requirements “In the first year of having the solution, we have attested for Meaningful Use Stage 1,” said Virdee. “The hosted solution played a big part in that, especially the security risk analysis. It was much simpler than if I would have had my own […]

A pilot program to improve primary care is showing signs of success at SAMA Healthcare, a family practice serving southern Arkansas. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) selected SAMA as one of 497 practices to participate in its Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPCI). Funding from the program enabled SAMA to make several improvements, including new color-coordinated care teams.   What the CMS is doing to improve primary care CPCI is a four-year pilot project. It is a collaboration among public and private payers to strengthen primary care. By investing more in primary care practices, the partners hope to achieve better health, better care and lower healthcare costs. The CPCI aims to improve primary care in two ways: 1)      Practice redesign. These providers must comprehensively address five primary care functions: risk-stratified care, access and continuity, population health management, patient engagement, […]

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Elmwood Health Center’s journey to connectivity

A lot can happen in four years. Just ask the team at Elmwood Health Center (EHC), a freestanding, community-based healthcare provider in Buffalo, New York. Four years ago EHC’s director of clinical services, Barb Johnson, said she could “only dream” about exchanging information in and out of their program. Thanks to efforts to improve connectivity, EHC enjoys better access to real-time data and more efficient workflow, and is providing overall better care to patients. In 2010 EHC implemented Allscripts Professional EHRTM. This step was the first in a journey to better interoperability, one that earned EHC the 2013 Allscripts Client Award for Outstanding Connectivity Outcomes.   Click here to watch a video about Elmwood Health Center’s connectivity efforts   Within one year of going live with Allscripts Professional EHR™, EHC achieved Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Level 3 Status. About the […]

For the past 29 years, Calvin L. Dixon, M.D. and his wife, Daisy Dixon, have managed a busy pulmonology practice in Duncanville, Texas. They help patients ages 4 to 94 with lung diseases, such as asthma, pneumonia and emphysema. Earlier this year, the practice made the transition from Allscripts MyWayTM to Allscripts Professional EHRTM. This practice is one of 1,400 organizations making the switch as part of an initiative Allscripts announced  last fall, to meet the needs of an evolving healthcare industry. We received a thank-you letter from practice manager, Daisy Dixon. She recently spoke with us about her experience, which included 10 reasons she’s glad the practice migrated: Able to keep 95% of the workflow the same. Dixon took many opportunities to learn about the system to adopt Pro to her practice’s workflows. She attended weekend trainings and started […]

To meet the needs of an evolving healthcare industry, Allscripts announced a program last fall to migrate clients from Allscripts MyWay™ to Allscripts Professional EHR™.  Change is hard, but clients such as Compass Pediatrics (Odessa, TX) embraced the switch. And they’re reporting great results. Fear of the unknown was the hardest part Compass began the upgrade with some anxiety. “We weren’t sure how big this change would be for our practice,” said Tamara Bavousett, nurse practitioner and owner. “We were concerned because we started the process in winter, which is a very busy time for our practice.” They didn’t have time to slow down to learn a new system. The eight staff members at Compass had an additional challenge to manage, too. The April 1 “go-live” date for the migration landed in the same week as a previously scheduled move […]