The District’s Largest Community Health Center Implements Unified System to Streamline Operations Between 31 Community Health Center Locations, Including D.C. Department of Corrections
Westborough, Mass.—April 21, 2008—eClinicalWorksTM, a market leader in ambulatory clinical systems, today announced that Washington, D.C.’s Unity Health Care (Unity), the largest community health center (CHC) network in the District of Columbia, has purchased licenses of eClinicalWorks unified electronic medical records (EMR) and practice management (PM) solution for more than 100 providers to streamline practice operations between 31 locations and from patient check-in to check-out.
“Unity’s patients typically include the underserved, homeless, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated so obtaining up-to-date medical documentation is challenging,” said Vincent A. Keane, CEO/President, at Unity Health Care. “After an exhaustive review of EMR/PM systems, we chose eClinicalWorks for the versatile and user-friendly nature of its solution. eClinicalWorks and Unity are also working closely with our staff to ensure they receive the training required to meet their various skill levels.”
Unity has more than 31 locations across the District of Columbia, which provides healthcare to the area’s underserved populations, including those that are homeless, part of the District of Columbia’s Department of Correction Incarcerated and recently released from that department. After narrowing its selection down to two products, GE Centricity and eClinicalWorks, Unity has selected eClinicalWorks to streamline internal processes between practice locations and promote patient safety while reducing costs.
“Implementing an electronic medical records system that acts as a silo in one location is almost useless,” said Girish Kumar Navani, CEO and co-founder of eClinicalWorks. “Unity’s challenge lays not only in the number of locations it has but the diverse nature of its patients – those same patients may change locations but that does not negate the need for providers to be able to access real-time, accurate medical records for them. The Web-based nature of eClinicalWorks EMR/PM solution and the versatility of the product to fit most practice types will enable Unity to provide optimal patient care, no matter which location the patient visits. Additionally, CHCs have extensive reporting needs that make our EMR/PM and Enterprise Business Optimizer an ideal platform.”
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), part of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, provided $1.4 million in grant-funding to Unity. HRSA is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable. For more information on the funding and selection process, view the September 11, 2007 press release “Unity Health Care Awarded Funding for Electronic Health Records” http://www.unityhealthcare.org/pdf/HRSA-EHR-Grant2007-09-10.pdf.
About Unity Health Care
Unity Health Care provides health care to medically underserved in the District of Columbia, including almost 12,000 homeless men and women either in the streets or at shelters throughout the city. Founded in 1985, Unity Health Care is the fourth largest community health center network in the country, offering a full range of health services regardless of patients’ ability to pay. Unity operates in more than 30 sites, including 11 community-based health centers, 10 homeless medical sites, four specialized health centers, two correctional health facilities, nine community correctional health sites, and two mobile health units. Unity’s mobile outreach vans travel throughout the city, providing care to homeless persons and “hard to reach” substance abusers. In 2007, Unity provided care to more than 80,000 people who accessed services more than 433,000 times. For more information about Unity Health Care, Inc., visit our website www.unityhealthcare.org.
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 3,200 customers across all 50 states, eClinicalWorks has been awarded multiple top industry honors including being named to the Inc. 500 in 2007, Best in KLAS in 2006, 2005 and 2004, and a top solution by TEPR for four consecutive years. Based in Westborough, Mass., eClinicalWorks has additional offices in New York City and Alpharetta, Ga. More information on eClinicalWorks can be found at www.eclinicalworks.com or by calling 866-888-MYCW.
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