February 7, 2016

EHR and HIT News for July 2nd

News.jpgToday’s EHR and HIT news includes customer implementation news from Allscripts, customer acquisition news from RelayHealth as well as news from KLAS on a new report they’ve released on Cerner’s CommunityWorks product.

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital activates Allscripts electronic health record system

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has successfully implemented Allscripts Sunrise Clinical Manager (SCM). The activation occurred the week of June 24th; a mere 15 months from the project start date.

“Our mission is to provide excellent, safe and compassionate care for every patient, every day,” said Raj Jain, Chief Executive at the Trust. “The Allscripts system will support our staff to make even better use of their talent and expertise. This activation is a fantastic opportunity for our teams to take this hospital onward to even more success for the patients and families for whom we care.”

Sunrise Clinical Manager is an acute care Electronic Health Record (EHR). The new system will help Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, one of the UK’s highest regarded healthcare providers, transform its caregiving. The new and innovative system, one of the most advanced in the country to be implemented, is a major step forward for the Trust in how patient and family-centered care is delivered for its 12,000 inpatients. In changing the way it provides care, thousands of previously paper-based records, patient documentation, test results, prescriptions, orders and integrated care pathways have now been included in the Sunrise Clinical Manager system, making them easy for caregivers to access.

“Quality of care and the experience of our patients are the two core guiding principles for our work,” said Johan Waktare, Consultant Cardiologist and Clinical Lead for the EHR system. “Thanks to the strength of our partnership with Allscripts, we have been able to deliver this new project quickly. They are the right partner and their system has proven to be the right tool for us to deliver on our mission.”

Sunrise Clinical Manager provides an advanced Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE), as well as an integrated ambulatory offering on a single database, integrated pharmacy, knowledge-based medication administration, patient portal and acute critical care solutions. By removing its paper-based systems, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital aims to improve the healthcare experience for both patients and caregivers. The Allscripts system helps caregivers to spend more time with patients and their families and helps the Trust to ensure that patients are not asked for the same information more than once as they move through the hospital.

The addition of Sunrise Clinical Manager helps place Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital at the forefront of healthcare informatics and will support the organization in its introduction of further innovation.

“The project and the successful activation at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, from the outset, were driven by Liverpool’s team of senior clinicians, executive directors, nursing, medical non-clinical staff and allied health professionals,” said Paul M. Black, President and Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. “We are privileged to partner with Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital as this team continues to provide excellent, compassionate and safe care for its patients and their families.”

South Georgia Medical Center Chooses RelayHealth for Patient-Centric Health Information Exchange 

South Georgia Medical Center is implementing RelayHealth’s patient centered Health Information Exchange (HIE) platform as part of its strategy to meet Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements and facilitate the fluid exchange of data between physicians and patients.

In the past 18 months, South Georgia Medical Center (SGMC) has evolved from a community hospital into a four-hospital system that includes a 25-bed critical access hospital about 25 miles from the main Valdosta campus. The growth meant that HIE was critical to the organization’s success.

“As our strategy to become a regional hospital evolved, we wanted to make sure we had HIE capacity to share patient data among all of our hospitals and physicians and, subsequently, among individual patients,” said Bob Foster, SGMC’s chief information officer. “That, in concert with the criteria for Meaningful Use, led us down this path.”

Phase one of the project includes populating the RelayHealth HIE with the hospitals’ information and making it available to physicians. Foster noted that fast Internet access will replace the current, more cumbersome, remote portal.

The second phase involves connecting five physician practices’ EMRs to the HIE so physician orders and test results can flow between the two. More practices will be added to the HIE later.

The final phase involves a patient portal that will allow individuals to communicate electronically with their physicians and view their health records. Foster said the patient portal interface was a main reason the hospital system selected RelayHealth’s HIE. “The navigation is much smoother than others I’ve looked at,” said Foster.

“Some of our physicians are communicating electronically, but most are not. The fact that we’ll have RelayHealth and a patient portal that their records can go into will make that easier, particularly for those who haven’t yet adopted an EMR.”

“As health systems move toward managing the health of populations, they seek electronic means of communicating with patients and to aggregate data for analysis,” said Jeff Felton, president, RelayHealth. “RelayHealth’s patient-centric HIE can help them meet their goals.”

Cerner CommunityWorks Shows Early Success among Providers

While relatively new to the market, Cerner CommunityWorks is quickly gaining traction in the community hospital space, especially with critical access facilities. In the newly released KLAS report entitled Cerner CommunityWorks: Newer Kid on the Block, providers report that clinical functionality and affordability make the Cerner offering easy to consider.

The report addresses each facet of the Cerner offering and provides candid advice from those already using CommunityWorks. It also provides insights into the functionality of the revenue cycle, application hosting and application management services.

“Cerner has really put together a unique offering that is striking a chord with providers,” said Paul Pitcher, report author and research director at KLAS. “The research revealed in the report exposes the strengths and weaknesses of the CommunityWorks offering for those providers in the process of evaluating the market place.”

Other topics covered in the report include meaningful use readiness and cost concerns. To learn more about Cerner CommunityWorks, check out the full report, Cerner CommunityWorks: Newer Kid on the Block. This report is available to healthcare providers at a significant discount. To purchase, visit