eClinicalWorks has announced that New York City’s Primary Care Information Project (PCIP) has shown quality of care improvements since implementing eClinicalWorks comprehensive electronic health records solution. Beginning in 2007, PCIP has placed eClinicalWorks EHRs in the practices of 3,200 physicians delivering care to the City’s underserved populations, representing nearly half of its population.
PCIP disclosed at its recent “NYC Celebrates Improved Health Through Technology” event that it has since helped additional tens of thousands of people control high blood pressure, improve diabetes management and quit smoking. EHRs also permit doctors to view data on their entire population of patients, helping them modify routine office practices to help all of their patients and then evaluate the effectiveness of those changes.
From a press release issued by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s office announcing that the “use of electronic health records has led to better health outcomes for tens of thousands New Yorkers in the critical areas of high blood pressure management, diabetes and tobacco control” it is stated that “between 2008 and 2011, the number of preventive care services participating doctors provided grew, on average, by about 290%, from 39 services per 100 patients to 113 services per 100 patients – nearly a threefold increase.
The use of this technology led to improvements in detecting certain preventable health problems, including high blood pressure, tobacco use, high cholesterol, and diabetes. With the help of electronic health records, an additional 81,000 patients improved their management of diabetes, 96,000 New Yorkers got help controlling their high blood pressure. And an additional 58,000 smokers got help kicking the habit.”
“This project is the largest community health project and has become a national model for improving quality of care and population health management,” said Girish Kumar Navani, CEO and co-founder of eClinicalWorks. “The results demonstrated here show that $27 million can bring electronic health records and analytics to 3,200 physicians in a way that demonstrates quality of care improvements.”
New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene received a 2011 HIMSS Public Health Davies Award of Excellence for its PCIP. This award honors excellence in implementing EHRs.