Metcare advances its patient-centred medical home initiative with the selection of the eClinicalWorks electronic medical records solution

West Palm Beach 06 July 2009Metropolitan Health Networks Inc. (Metcare) has selected eClinicalWorks unified electronic medical records (EMR) and practice management (PM) solution for its nine wholly-owned internal medicine offices in South and Central Florida. The EMR will equip Metcare physicians with paperless patient information that can be securely accessed anytime, anywhere.

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Commenting on the selection of eClinicalWorks, William H. McCoy III, M.D., Associate Medical Director and EMR project leader for Metcare, stated: "After a comprehensive ten-month review process conducted by a diverse committee of our health care professionals, eClinicalWorks' EMR/PM solution emerged as the best and most cost-effective system for our practices. We expect full system implementation to take approximately 18 months."

Dr. McCoy continued: "With EMR as a foundation, we foresee a day when a Metcare customer can be seen anywhere in the State of Florida where Metcare has an office and have instant and secure access to a complete medical record. We expect that making patient information immediately available to our physicians will improve the quality and safety of the health care we provide. In addition, it is anticipated that our clinical efficiency and cost effectiveness will be increased by eliminating redundant diagnostic procedures, such as imaging and blood work."

eClinicalWorks' award-winning EMR solution provides the ability to manage patient flow, access patient records in-house or remotely, communicate electronically with referring physicians, and send secure consult notes and clinical data. Users can easily access and review complete patient histories, including past visits, current medications, allergies, labs, and charts. The system will also help with reporting and clinical guidelines, and provide patient information, including problem lists, allergies, medication history, and lab results. Unified with the EMR is the eClinicalWorks Practice Management system, designed to streamline the medical billing process.

The move to paperless patient information is in keeping with Metcare's transformation from a traditional health care delivery model to a Patient-Centred Medical Home (PCMH) model. The PCMH health care model has drawn federal government and widespread media attention as a way to improve patient satisfaction and health care quality, promote prevention, and add value to the customer.

"We are delighted to have Metcare select eClinicalWorks's EMR/PM, especially with the Patient-Centred Medical Home model promising to play a significant role in the future of health care delivery", stated Girish Kumar Navani, CEO and co-founder of eClinicalWorks. "Our technology and experience working with customers for chronic care and preventative care management will make the transition to a prevention-oriented EMR as seamless as possible. This serves as a validation to our vision in this area."

Metropolitan Health Networks Inc. is a growing health care organisation that provides comprehensive health care services for Medicare Advantage members and other patients in Florida.

eClinicalWorks is a privately held expert in the ambulatory clinical systems market. The company's unified electronic medical record (EMR) and practice management (PM) solutions are proven for every market segment: large practice groups, including Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), Electronic Health Records of Rhode Island (EHRRI) and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 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 25.000 providers across all 50 states, eClinicalWorks has been awarded multiple top industry honours including being named to the Inc. 500 in 2008 and 2007, and a top solution by TEPR for four consecutive years. Based in Westborough, Massachusetts, eClinicalWorks has additional offices in New York City and Alpharetta, Georgia. More company news is available in this VMW issue's article Zynx Health and eClinicalWorks enter agreement to offer clinical decision support to EHR software users.


Source: Metropolitan Health Networks

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