Combined Inpatient/Outpatient Electronic Health Record (EHR) Helps Health System Meet "Meaningful Use" Requirements Reston, Va. – QuadraMed® Corporation, a leading provider of healthcare technologies and services that help turn quality care into positive financial outcomes, announced today that Arnot Health in Elmira, N.Y., will provide eMDs' award-winning ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) to the 150 providers in its affiliated multi-specialty medical group, Arnot Medical Services.
The outpatient EHR will integrate with Arnot Ogden Medical Center's QuadraMed CPR (QCPR™) acute inpatient system, giving physicians quick access to patient information across multiple care settings. The integrated EHR solution will also help Arnot Ogden and Arnot Medical Services meet American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) "meaningful use" and interoperability certification criteria.
The 256-bed tertiary care facility, Arnot Ogden Medical Center and its affiliated medical services group chose eMDs because of its rich functionality, usability and integration with QCPR, the inpatient EHR solution that Arnot Ogden has utilized for the past ten years.
"We wanted our physicians to have an outpatient EHR that would be interoperable with QuadraMed's inpatient record technology," commented Gregg Martin, CIO of Arnot Ogden Medical Center. "An integrated EHR will improve the collaboration between our physicians and staff, which we expect to enhance patient care and help improve our financial health. To reach our goal of delivering optimal care, we must share data seamlessly as patient's transition from one clinical environment to another."
Arnot Health invested in eMDs because its practice-based physicians endorsed the solution through a multi-vendor review process, and also due to the expected integration with Arnot Ogden's acute care system from QuadraMed, stated Robert Lambert, M.D. President of Arnot Medical Services. In addition, the institution plans to use its patient portal to facilitate online communication with patients. The eMDs CCHIT-certified EHR solution has earned top scores in independent evaluations by the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
"Our collaboration with QuadraMed breaks down the barriers to a free flow of information across the inpatient/outpatient boundary," said Michael Stearns, M.D., President and CEO of eMDs. "The quality and safety of patient care depends on community-based physicians having immediate access to hospital patient encounters and their discharge medications. This interconnectivity also supports clinicians in ensuring that patients' receive consistently high-quality care."
The rollout of the eMDs EHR to Arnot Medical Services' 150 physicians within their 30 ambulatory care practices is slated to begin in the fall and be completed by next summer, allowing ample time for Arnot Medical Services to demonstrate meaningful use.
"QuadraMed's partnership with ambulatory EHR leader eMDs will enable Arnot Ogden Medical Center to capture and share critical data throughout the continuum of care," said Duncan W. James, CEO of QuadraMed. "We are honored to be a part of Arnot Ogden's integrated solution to better serve their patient community, while helping them to attain the maximum ARRA incentives."
About Arnot Ogden Medical Center
Arnot Ogden Medical Center is an independent, not-for-profit, 256-bed tertiary medical facility with more than 300 physicians from over 50 specialties.
Arnot Health, the hospital's parent organization, provides diagnostic, ambulatory, secondary and tertiary acute care, as well as rehabilitative and wellness services to the Southern Tier of New York and the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania. Besides Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Arnot Health includes a multispecialty physician group with 150 providers in 30 sites.
eMDs, headquartered in Austin, Texas, is a leading developer of healthcare software solutions.
The company, founded in 1996 by a primary care physician, remains physician-managed and actively participates in national health information technology and interoperability efforts. eMDs Solution Series™, with more than 28,000 users nationwide, is the standard for affordable and integrated EHR and Practice Management software solutions, including clinical, financial and document management modules designed to automate medical practice processes and chart management. eMDs Solution Series™ version 6.3 is a CCHIT Certified® 2008 Ambulatory EHR that is additionally certified for Cardiovascular Medicine and Child Health.
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About QuadraMed Corporation
QuadraMed® is a leading provider of award-winning healthcare technologies and services that help turn quality care into positive financial outcomes. QuadraMed provides proven, flexible solutions that help make our clients successful by streamlining processes, ensuring compliance and helping healthcare professionals improve the quality of patient care. Behind the Company's products and services is a staff of 600 professionals who support clients at over 2,000 healthcare provider facilities.
For more information about QuadraMed, visit http://www.quadramed.com.