Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) and MEDecision, Inc. have teamed with Pronger Smith Medical Care to create an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system for Pronger Smith patients as part of their patient-centered medical home initiative to improve health outcomes. This innovative EHR system centralizes the timely, critical clinical information physicians and consumers need to proactively address health problems and support the best clinical decisions.
The system pulls timely clinical information from Pronger Smith, along with the BCBSIL claims-based medical record, and displays this information in a secure, web-based EHR portal. Through the portal, Pronger Smith patients and physicians gain access to patient health information, medication lists and lab results and are able to electronically request prescription refills, schedule appointments and send secure messages. The system also grants access to hospital emergency room staff, so they can rapidly see the patient’s health background and medication lists, regardless of time of day.
“By collaborating with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois to create an EHR system, we are arming physicians with better information to help care for their patients, which can lead to healthier lives. We are confident that by centralizing communications with providers of care, at all levels, within a medical home this will result in better outcomes for patients,” said Dr. Alan M. Roman, Managing Partner, Pronger Smith Medical Care. [Read more…]