Largest Independent Physician Organization In Texas, Memorial Hermann Health Network Providers, Selects eClinicalWorks Unified EMR/PM Solution
New Agreement Brings Electronic Health Records to Nearly 1300 Physicians Across Southeast Texas; Also Implementing eClinicalWorks Electronic Health eXchange for Community Health Records
New Orleans, HIMSS Conference, Booth #1569—February 27, 2007—eClinicalWorks, a market leader in unified EMR/PM systems, today announced that Memorial Hermann Health Network Providers (MHHNP), the largest independent physician organization of its kind in Texas, has selected eClinicalWorks unified electronic medical records (EMR) and practice management (PM) solution to streamline practice operations, facilitate collaborative disease management initiatives, and accelerate adoption of evidence-based clinical practice protocols among 1300 physicians throughout southeast Texas. MHHNP will also be one of the first organizations to use eClinicalWorks Electronic Health eXchange (eEHX) to create a community health record to engage MHHNP physicians and their patients in more effective medical management. E-prescribing along with an interface between eClinicalWorks and the hospital network will further automate MHHNP-affiliated physicians in their efforts to foster better, more efficient care in both the inpatient and ambulatory settings.
“Memorial Hermann prides itself for the most innovative solutions for improving the quality of patient care,” said Dr. Richard Blakely, Chief Medical Officer of Memorial Hermann Health Network Providers. “Our physicians are convinced that eClinicalWorks is the ideal solution for our doctors because of the intuitive nature of the product, its inherent connectivity supporting our clinical integration strategy, and the outstanding record of customer support provided by eClinicalWorks to its customers.”
The newly released eEHX is comprised of both the Patient Portal and its physician counterpart, eClinicalWorks Physician Portal, a secure means for providers to securely share facets of patient care, including electronic referrals, patient record summary, lab results and registry reporting. This reduces phone calls and data entry errors while increasing the privacy of patient information. The lack of printed paper means that patient information goes directly from physician to physician, without interruption. Also, advanced registry reporting functionality within eClinicalWorks EMR/PM will aid the groups in analyzing and reporting on management of chronic care, a component in pay-for-performance initiatives.
“As payers increase their pay-for-performance criteria and tighten restrictions, it is vital to have increased automation and documentation between locations,” said Scott Fenn, Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Hermann Health Network Providers. “The advanced reporting capabilities in eClinicalWorks and the ease at which it automates any type of clinical location are critical to our wide network of healthcare providers who are collaborating in a clinically integrated practice environment.”
MHHNP chose eClinicalWorks unified EMR/PM system and eEHX to streamline the clinical processes between practice locations and promote patient safety while reducing costs. The Patient Portal is a secure means for doctors and patients to communicate aspects of their care including appointments, lab results and statements. MHHNP is also utilizing e-prescribing, providing a direct link between the practice and the computer at the pharmacy (not the fax machine), establishing a two-way electronic connection.
“Memorial Hermann is the first in southeast Texas to commit to this level of clinical integration,” said Girish Kumar Navani, president of eClinicalWorks. “Using eClinicalWorks EMR/PM with our Electronic Health eXchange will help organizations like MHHNP improve operations and communication throughout its providers’ extended practices. Our network will also permit pay-for-performance initiatives, which aim to improve the value of healthcare by paying providers based on quality and cost measures.”
Founded in 1982, Memorial Hermann Health Network Providers (MHHNP) is the largest independent physician organization of its kind in Texas, with leadership strength unsurpassed in today’s healthcare industry. It is affiliated with the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System.
eClinicalWorks’ EMR solution enables MHHNP to manage patient flow, immediately access patient records in-house or remotely, electronically communicate with the referring physicians and securely send consult notes and clinical data. Users can easily access and review complete patient histories, past visits, current medications, allergies, labs and charts. Integrated with EMR is eClinicalWorks Practice Management, designed to instantly streamline the medical billing process.
About the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System
An integrated health system, the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System is known for world-class clinical expertise, patient-centered care, leading edge technology, and innovation. The system, with its exceptional medical staff and 17,000 employees, serves southeast Texas and the greater Houston community. Memorial Hermann’s 16 hospitals include three hospitals in the Texas Medical Center, two long-term care facilities, three heart institute locations and eight suburban hospitals. The system also operates numerous imaging, sports medicine and rehabilitation, and surgery centers, a Wellness Center, a chemical dependency treatment center, a home health agency, a retirement community and a nursing home. It is also the official healthcare provider for the Houston Rockets, Comets and Aeros, Rice University and the University of Houston. The system operates 24 physical therapy centers across the Greater Houston area. To learn more, visit www.memorialhermann.org or call 713-222-CARE.
eClinicalWorks is a privately-held leader in the unified electronic medical record (EMR) and practice management (PM) market. The company’s EMR/PM solutions are proven for every market segment: large practice groups, including Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) and Electronic Health Records of Rhode Island (EHRRI), as well as medium, small and solo practices regardless of specialty. The company enjoys high profitability with a five-year compounded growth rate of more than 100 percent year-to-year. With an established customer base of more than 2,200 customers across all 50 states, eClinicalWorks has been awarded multiple top industry honors including Best in KLAS in 2006, 2005 and 2004, a top solution by TEPR for four consecutive years and the 5-STAR rated EMR solution by AC Group for three years. Based in Westborough, Mass., eClinicalWorks has additional offices in Alpharetta, Ga. More information on eClinicalWorks information on eClinicalWorks can be found at www.eclinicalworks.com or by calling (866) 888-MY-CW.
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