Fraser Health Authority (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada) uses multiple clinical systems to deliver patient care to more than 1.6 million patients annually. Connectivity across care settings is important, as is connecting with provincial repositories of clinical data. Fraser Health recently used Allscripts dbMotion™ Solution to achieve a milestone in its progress toward better connectivity. As of January 2016, Fraser Health clinicians can query the Provincial Laboratory Information Solution (PLIS) for patient lab test results. The first pilot group includes 650 clinicians, and the capability will eventually be available to 15,000 users over the next several months. Clinicians can access test results from other providers, which will help enable more complete clinical information at the point of care and reduce unnecessary test duplication. The change is simple for the user. From within the dbMotion document domain there is now an additional […]

Tucked between large metropolitan centers on the East Coast, Berkshire Medical Center serves a population of about 130,000 people across 1,000 square miles of western Massachusetts. Clinicians there have launched a health information exchange (HIE) using dbMotionTM Solution, proving that small communities can harness big data. At Population Health University, our recent annual user conference, we gained insights from Berkshire’s Chief Medical Information Officer Mark Snowise, MD. “In a small community like ours, if we want to progress, we had to find some way to get everyone connected and talking to each other,” he said. Launching the Berkshire HIE Three years ago, the hospital approached the broader healthcare community with a plan to improve data sharing. Initially the hospital hoped to align the various providers by using the same electronic health record (EHR). The hospital-based practices and several community practices […]

I recently attended our annual user group event for clients, Population Health University. The topic of population health management is important for all of us: it is the future for health care as our clients rotate from fee-for-service to value-based care. As clients set out to accomplish their goals, it’s our role at Allscripts to help them deliver quality care and make money in a better, smarter way. I’m passionate about this mission. It’s not just a contract, a handshake or a partnership — it’s an obligation to our clients and to health care. We must provide a solid core electronic health record (EHR) and the two levels above the EHR: interoperability and consumer engagement platforms. Connectivity and interoperability improve care decisions To define what makes our connectivity platform better, I use the acronym CHAT: connect, harmonize, analyze, transact.  Many […]

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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 […]