Pentec Health Launches Proprietary Physician Portal

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Innovative EMR Enables Physicians Who Refer Patients for In-home Care to Monitor Outcomes Online 24/7

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Information is power. We recognize the value of our EMR system, but the true value lies in extending it to our physicians to help improve the lives of the patients they entrust to us.

Pentec Health Inc., today announced the launch of their proprietary, online physician portal which provides physicians and their staff secure 24/7 access to their patients’ medical information that resides in Pentec Health’s electronic medical record (EMR) system. The Pentec Physician Portal was developed in response to a known need for secure, accurate, and timely data so physicians can better monitor the progress of patients receiving treatments at home.

The Pentec Physician Portal provides HIPAA-compliant, two-way electronic communication of prescriptions or plan of treatment changes for patients being treated with implanted pumps for severe pain and/or spasticity. The Pentec Physician Portal is fed by the company’s proprietary Point-of-Care EMR used by the nursing staff during patient visits and provides a graphic display of the patient’s health compared to their plan of treatment objectives. Detailed notes about patient spasticity and pain levels, medication dosing levels, and physical assessments also are available.

“Our nurses have the ability to see the patients far more often than the doctors, who typically only see them for a refill visit. Giving the physicians access to what our nurses are seeing between refill visits provides a more comprehensive view of the patient’s changing condition and ultimately puts the physician in a better place to improve outcomes,” said Michael Abens, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Specialty Infusion Services. “Information is power. We recognize the value of our EMR system, but the true value lies in extending it to our physicians to help improve the lives of the patients they entrust to us.”

In discussing the system, Tim Leffler, Chief Information Officer, explained, “Our aim was to mimic the paper-based system that was in place, which was already familiar to physicians and nurses, and develop an electronic system to collect and amalgamate that information. Pentec’s value proposition is uniquely enhanced in the marketplace. Through the use of our proprietary Physician Portal, we are providing a stronger physician-patient–provider relationship.”

A series of future enhancements to the Pentec Physician Portal also are underway, including patient outcomes research that will compare physicians’ patient population with that of their colleagues. Also under development is a patient portal that will provide patients and their families immediate access to their primary nurse, and relevant and substantiated literature about their health condition.

About Pentec Health, Inc.
Pentec Health Inc., headquartered in suburban Philadelphia, is the largest privately held specialty infusion services company in the United States. The Joint Commission has consistently awarded Pentec with a Gold Seal of Approval for their commitment to providing the highest level of patient safety and patient care for renal nutritional and specialty infusion home care services. Pentec’s renal nutrition business specializes in providing patient-specific, proprietary nutritional therapies for patients suffering from chronic kidney disease. Pentec’s specialty infusion business provides in-home care for patients with implanted drug delivery pumps treating severe pain and/or spasticity. Pentec’s award-winning executives are noted for top leadership and giving back to the communities in which they serve. For more information, visit http://www.pentechealth.com

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