Minnesota Health System to Establish Electronic Health Records System for Approximately 200 Physicians, Improving Communication and Patient Care
Westborough, Mass.—May 24, 2010—eClinicalWorks®, a market leader in ambulatory clinical systems, today announced that Duluth, Minn.-based St. Luke’s, a health care system with hospitals and clinics, has chosen eClinicalWorks comprehensive electronic health record (EHR) solution for its approximately 200 employed physicians and two affiliated practices. This solution includes the eClinicalWorks unified electronic medical records (EMR) and practice management (PM) solution, eClinicalWorks’ Electronic Health eXchange (eEHX), eClinicalWorks Patient Portal, Enterprise Business Optimizer (eBO), eClinicalMobile and eClinicalMessenger – all designed to extend the use of EHRs beyond the practice’s walls to improve communication with access to real-time information.
“St. Luke’s required a new system that had the workflow to support quality patient care,” said Clark Averill, St. Luke’s Director of Information Technology. “Our selection committee chose eClinicalWorks to create an electronic health records environment that will automate the workflow and share real-time information between practices and the acute care team. This will lead to a more efficient environment that is a higher quality for patients.”
Providers will implement eClinicalWorks comprehensive EHR solution using a Software as a Service (SaaS) model so members are able to access the solution via the Internet. The unified EMR/PM system will also interface with St. Luke’s in-patient system by Meditech, making vital patient data readily available through the system. This creates a more efficient practice, reduces human errors and improves patient care.
“St. Luke’s was looking for a comprehensive system that would automate practices beyond practice walls,” said Girish Kumar Navani, CEO and co-founder of eClinicalWorks. “By selecting eClinicalWorks, St. Luke’s will be offering its providers a standards-based electronic health records solution that will aid in treatment outcomes and provide operational efficiencies. This initiative will allow the hospital’s providers to become even more connected with their patients and each other.”
eClinicalMobile will permit St. Luke’s physicians to access the system anywhere through their smart phone. Providers will also have access to eBO for customized reports, while eEHX will create a community record to give physicians access to patients’ health information and allow them to exchange data more effectively. Combined, these technologies will extend the use of electronic health records beyond the practice walls to offer real-time access and updating of patient information anytime, anywhere and enhance communication between providers and patients.
About St. Luke’s
St. Luke’s, a comprehensive regional health care system, has as its mission, “The Patient Above All Else.” This philosophy is inherent throughout the continuum of care that includes 36 primary and specialty care clinics, trauma, medical, surgical, diagnostic, therapeutic and rehab services in the 17-county region of northeastern Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan. St. Luke’s is the federally and state-designated EMS Regional Trauma Center. Other services include St. Luke’s Regional Cancer Center, which offers sophisticated treatments, including Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) and radiation oncology, and St. Luke’s Regional Heart Center, including cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery and cardiac rehab services.
Additional specialties include plastic surgery, pulmonary medicine, allergy, neurosurgery, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, infectious disease, internal medicine, surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehab, rheumatology, psychiatry and urology. St. Luke’s Home Care and Hospice Duluth® provide services to patients within a 30-mile radius of St. Luke’s hospital. Also, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth, St. Luke’s is involved with clinical research activities in the areas of cancer, lung and heart disease through the Whiteside Institute for Clinical Research.
eClinicalWorks® is a privately held leader in the ambulatory clinical systems market. The company’s unified electronic medical record (EMR) and practice management (PM) solutions are proven for every market segment: large practice groups, including Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), Electronic Health Records of Rhode Island (EHRRI) and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 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 40,000 providers and 120,000 healthcare professionals across all 50 states, eClinicalWorks has been awarded multiple top industry honors including being named to the Inc. 5000 in 2009, 2008 and 2007, and prominently placed in a report released by IDC company Health Industry Insights, titled Healthcare Provider Industry Short List Ambulatory Electronic Health Records and Electronic Medical Records. Based in Westborough, Mass., eClinicalWorks has additional offices in New York City, Pleasanton, Calif., and Alpharetta, Ga. More information on eClinicalWorks can be found at www.eclinicalworks.com or by calling 866-888-MYCW.
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