New Mexico's largest cardiology practice to automate with Allscripts

Albuquerque 03 November 2005New Mexico Heart Institute (NMHI) will deploy the TouchWorks Electronic Health Record from Allscripts to connect physicians across 18 locations in New Mexico and Southern Colorado. As the leading cardiovascular centre in New Mexico, New Mexico Heart Institute conducted an extensive evaluation of electronic health record (EHR) systems before selecting Allscripts. The 45 cardiologists and cardiovascular specialists of NMHI were looking for a solution that would improve access to patient information in order to improve the quality of care.

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"The Allscripts solution has a Web-based architecture, which for any modern system makes sense", stated Barry W. Ramo, M.D. of New Mexico Heart Institute. "The documentation, retrieval and communication aspects of the system are clearly superior to other electronic health records we evaluated, including the offering from our own practice management provider. We believe that TouchWorks will allow us deliver world-class, evidenced-based care to our patients, ensuring the highest quality of care."

New Mexico Heart Institute is the first group in the state to install a digital echocardiogram network to capture and archive echo images and reports, allowing cardiologists to quickly access and review images at NMHI's nationally accredited diagnostic imaging centres. The addition of an electronic health record will provide the group's cardiologists the right tools to automate their entire practice, with a solution that can be modified and implemented to fit the needs of their speciality. With the implementation of an EHR, New Mexico Heart Institute physicians are again proving to be leaders in transforming health care in New Mexico.

"NMHI has been a leader in using technology to provide world-class patient care. Their decision to deploy a full electronic health record is another step in that process. As a premier cardiology group in New Mexico, New Mexico Heart Institute required an EHR with functionality unique to cardiology", stated Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. "Allscripts understands there is a need for clinical software designed for speciality groups and the addition of the New Mexico Heart Institute is a key part of the company's focus on speciality markets."

NMHI will integrate the industry-leading TouchWorks Electronic Health Record with their existing NextGen practice management system.

The cardiologists of New Mexico Heart Institute have a 30-year history of caring for patients in New Mexico. Since 1969, NMHI has grown from three small one-office clinics to a statewide referral system. New Mexico Heart Institute leads the state in developing cardiovascular services, full service offices and travel clinics throughout New Mexico and surrounding states. Today, NMHI includes 45 cardiovascular specialists and 18 locations throughout New Mexico and Southern Colorado.

Allscripts is a provider of clinical software, connectivity and information solutions that physicians use to improve health care. The company provides unique solutions that inform, connect, and transform health care. The Clinical Solutions Group's award-winning clinical software applications include electronic health record, e-prescribing and document imaging solutions. Allscripts' Physicians Interactive Group provides clinical product education and connectivity solutions for physicians and patients. The company's Medication Services Group provides medication fulfillment services. More Allscripts news can be found in the VMW May 2004 article Allscripts Healthcare Solutions selected for WellPoint e-Prescribing initiative.


Leslie Versweyveld

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