St. Luke's Health System in Idaho selects eClinicalWorks unified EMR/PM solution

Westborough 08 January 2007St. Luke's Health System, a health care provider in Idaho, which also serves eastern Oregon and northern Nevada, has chosen eClinicalWorks unified electronic medical records (EMR) and practice management (PM) solution to streamline practice operations between locations and from patient check-in to check-out. Initially, there are nearly 300 providers implementing the client/server version of eClinicalWorks EMR/PM that will also make use of an interface that eClinicalWorks is developing with Siemens, St. Luke's hospital information system.

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"Providing integrated effective, and timely access to patient information for physician practices and hospitals statewide is critical to providing seamless and efficient care across the continuum", stated Greg Orr, administrative director at St. Luke's Internal Medicine. "eClinicalWorks meets our requirements for a single-database solution that integrates the entire office, from front to back end, while being intuitive to use. The efficiencies this provides will translate into more time spent with patients."

Founded in 1902, St. Luke's Health System is Idaho's only locally owned, not-for-profit health system. The system offers a full continuum of care through its four hospitals and more than 30 outpatient centres and clinics. St. Luke's Health System's 6400 employees, 867-member medical staff, and more than 850 volunteers are committed to delivering the highest quality care to those in medical need regardless of their ability to pay. St. Luke's has been recognized as Idaho's preferred hospital, receiving the Consumer's Choice Award from 2000 through 2005. Using eClinicalWorks EMR/PM, St. Luke's will streamline internal processes between practice locations and promote patient safety while reducing costs.

"St. Luke's has a long tradition of being ahead of the curve in implementing solutions that will benefit their patients in the long-run", stated Girish Kumar Navani, president of eClinicalWorks. "By using eClinicalWorks integrated EMR/PM to manage its patients from check-in to check-out, St. Luke's will have better access to patient information and spend less time on administrative functions. These aspects contribute to better patient care overall."

eClinicalWorks' EMR solution enables St. Luke's to manage patient flow, immediately access patient records in-house or remotely, electronically communicate with the referring physicians and securely send consult notes and clinical data. Users can easily access and review complete patient histories, past visits, current medications, allergies, labs and charts. Integrated with EMR is eClinicalWorks Practice Management, designed to instantly streamline the medical billing process.

eClinicalWorks is also the seventh application partner with Healthvision's e-Health Interoperability Exchange Partnership Programme, with the addition of eClinicalWorks' Electronic Medical Record (EMR) solution. Healthvision's e-Health Interoperability Exchange Partnership Programme certifies that partner health IT applications, including EHR, EMR and e-prescribing, are able to exchange clinical patient data through the HIE platform according to the requirements outlined in ASTM's Continuity of Care Record (CCR) standard.

eClinicalWorks is a privately-held expert in the unified electronic medical record (EMR) and practice management (PM) market. The company's EMR/PM solutions are proven for every market segment: large practice groups, including Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) and Electronic Health Records of Rhode Island (EHRRI), as well as medium, small and solo practices regardless of specialty. The company enjoys high profitability with a five-year compounded growth rate of more than 100 percent year-to-year.

With an established customer base of more than 2200 customers across all 50 states, eClinicalWorks has been awarded multiple top industry honours including Best in KLAS in 2005 and 2004, a top solution by TEPR for four consecutive years and the 5-STAR rated EMR solution by AC Group for three years. Based in Westborough, Massachusetts, eClinicalWorks has additional offices in Alpharetta, Geogia. More company news is available in the VMW January 2007 article eClinicalWorks to expand penetration in Indiana and Maine and to receive award from Frost and Sullivan.


Leslie Versweyveld

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