Bridgewater Goddard Park Medical Associates selects Allscripts Electronic Health Record

Brockton 11 July 2006Bridgewater Goddard Park Medical Associates has selected Allscripts' TouchWorks Electronic Health Record (EHR) to automate their 70 physicians across four locations and connect them to the wider health care community.


Bridgewater Goddard Park is one of the largest independent physician-owned multi-speciality and multi-site group practices south of Boston and is affiliated with the renowned Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The group's implementation of the Web-based Allscripts Electronic Health Record comes of their involvement in the Massachusetts e-Health Collaborative (MAeHC), a three-year pilot programme funded by a $50 million financial commitment from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts to demonstrate the ability of information systems to improve the safety, cost effectiveness, and quality of health care in Massachusetts. Bridgewater Goddard Park is the largest physician group in the state to receive funding from MAeHC.

"As a part of the MAeHC pilot, we reviewed many of the leading Electronic Health Record vendors and determined Allscripts was clearly the safe choice because they have successfully implemented TouchWorks in many medical groups of our size across the country", stated Deb Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of Bridgewater Goddard Park. "Allscripts is the perfect choice for the Massachusetts e-Health Collaborative, because the solution is highly interoperable, enabling our providers to take part in the community initiative to electronically connect Bridgewater Goddard Park with other area health care facilities."

The MAeHC pilot programme requires showcase sites to collaborate with other regional health care organisations in deploying interoperable clinical information systems. Bridgewater Goddard Park will use the Allscripts Electronic Health Record to share access to patient medical records electronically with the other members of the Brockton-area demonstration group, including Brockton Hospital, Caritas Good Samaritan Medical Center, Brockton Physician Hospital Organization Inc., Caritas Good Samaritan IPA Inc., and Brockton Neighborhood Health Center.

"The partnership between Bridgewater Goddard Park and Allscripts provides a pathway for medical groups across Massachusetts to adopt an Electronic Health Record and improve their quality of care and efficiency", stated Micky Tripathi, Chief Executive Officer of MAeHC.

Bridgewater Goddard Park will integrate TouchWorks with their Centricity Business (formerly IDX Flowcast) revenue cycle management system. Allscripts and IDX, now a part of GE Healthcare, share a strategic relationship that directly links clinical and financial information systems to support process redesign and operational enhancements.

"We commend Bridgewater Goddard Park for participating in the Massachusetts e-Health Collaborative and for their commitment to leveraging information technology to improve care for the state's residents", stated Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. "The connectivity and interoperability of the Electronic Health Record are critical to enhancing safety, lowering costs, and raising the bar on quality for Bridgewater Goddard Park's patients and, ultimately, for patients throughout Massachusetts."

Bridgewater Goddard Medical Park Associates (BGPMA) is a physician owned, multi-speciality and multi-site group practice. For more than forty-five years, BGPMA has remained dedicated to the health and well being of its patients, offering primary and speciality care to patients of all ages. As one of the largest physician group practices south of Boston, BGPMA takes pride in providing quality, comprehensive health care for the entire family.

Allscripts is a provider of clinical software, connectivity and information solutions that physicians use to improve health care. The company's business groups provide unique solutions that inform, connect and transform health care. The Clinical Solutions Group's award-winning software applications include electronic health record, practice management, e-prescribing, document imaging, emergency department and care management solutions. Additionally, Allscripts provides clinical product education and connectivity solutions for physicians and patients through its Physicians Interactive Group and medication fulfilment services through its Medication Services Group. More company news can be found in the VMW February 2006 article CHD Meridian and Allscripts partner to provide e-Prescribing capabilities to employer-sponsored on-site health centres.

Leslie Versweyveld

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