Today’s EHR and HIT news includes a vendor selection article where a Michigan based plastic surgery center selected eClinicalWorks for their EHR product as well as news from storage provider EMC with a story of how Munson Healthcare is using their products in transformative ways.
Amae Plastic Surgery Implements Electronic Medical Records (EMR) System
Amae Plastic Surgery Center, a Michigan-based practice, has improved patient service with the implementation of an advanced Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system. The practice selected eClinicalWorks, a leading provider of EMR systems for doctors, hospitals and healthcare providers.
Through an innovative patient portal, patients of Amae Plastic Surgery Center now have secure online access to allow review and updating of their medical history, sending messages directly to Amae, access to patient registration forms, prescriptions, refills and lab reports, as well as receiving appointment reminders, reviewing billing statements and even paying bills online.
“This system is a major step forward in quality of care and patient privacy,” stated Dr. Ali. “This EMR and Patient Management (PM) system allows me to share information directly with patients and other providers, which will improve treatment and streamlines administration. It’s a significant advancement in healthcare.”
The new EMR system contains a patient’s medical history and allows healthcare providers to exchange data electronically. Information can be shared between doctors, hospitals, labs, pharmacies and more, allowing a patient’s medical history to effectively move with them through the healthcare system. All patient data is securely stored and access is compliant with all government standards and requirements, including those mandated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, Continuity of Care Record, Continuity of Care Document and the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel.
Munson Healthcare Transforms Patient Care with EMC
- Streamlined Administration—Tight integration between EMC VPLEX®, EMC VNX® and VMware has enabled Munson to reduce IT administration time and free resources to focus on more business-critical projects.
- Improved Availability of Medical Applications—With IT resources shared across data centers, Munson Healthcare has increased availability of mission-critical applications including their EMR, HIS, and PACS by 75%, enabling clinicians to deliver higher-quality, more consistent patient care.
- Reduced Capex and Opex Costs—Munson Healthcare has achieved a 60% cost reduction by avoiding the need to invest in physical equipment and additional IT staff.
- Enabled Business Growth—Munson Healthcare has created an HIE enabling the hospital to offer new IT services to area hospitals and 45 physician practices with online access to electronic medical records (EMR) and other clinical solutions.
Scott Dingman, Senior Systems Engineer, Munson Healthcare
Scott Dingman, Senior Systems Engineer for Munson Healthcare says “In the last four years, we have added 45 physician practices consisting of 184 physicians to our HIE, and more doctors are coming to us daily. With ITaaS enabled by VPLEX, we can provide the services physicians need in a very timely manner and with minimal downtime. This brings the relationship between their offices and our hospitals closer, which leads to increased business referrals.”