HealthMEDX and Sentara Healthcare Partner to Focus on Care Coordination and Patient Safety

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Sentara Healthcare has selected HealthMEDX Vision EMR to automate the clinical and business operations for their post-acute facilities. HealthMEDX will also provide interoperability technology to enhance care transitions between their acute and post-acute facilities and a mobile physician care coordination solution to optimize physician-centered care and drive quality.

Sentara Healthcare, one of the top integrated healthcare delivery systems in the nation, has selected HealthMEDX as the complete health information technology solution for their Skilled Nursing, Transitional Care and Assisted Living facilities. The HealthMEDX Vision solution will provide a full electronic medical record (EMR) which will be used to manage all facets of care for residents of their long-term post-acute care (LTPAC) facilities. Sentara will also use the HealthMEDX Exchange Platform to seamlessly move patient information between their hospitals, physician practices and LTPAC providers. Additionally, the Vision solution will enable Sentara to more efficiently manage the complex financial and CRM requirements of their post-acute network.

As one of the nation’s top integrated care delivery systems, Sentara is committed to providing patients with the highest quality of care at every point throughout the care continuum. The number of patients requiring post-acute care is on the rise, and leaders at Sentara understand the important role that LTPAC providers play within the care continuum. They also know that maintaining the patient’s care plan after they’ve transferred to the post-acute setting is critical to achieving the best outcomes. Vision’s integrated CRM module will allow Sentara clinicians to identify those patients who will most benefit from continuing or transitional care in the post-acute setting. As patients are identified for transfer into skilled nursing, transitional care or assisted living, Sentara clinicians will be able to electronically transfer patient information directly from the hospital EMR into Vision. This will allow the post-acute care providers to seamlessly continue the patient’s care plan after discharge from the hospital, thereby assuring continuity of care and achieving the best possible outcomes for patients.

As part of their commitment to provide excellent patient care at every stage, Sentara will equip physicians with the mobile iCare Platform which will enable real-time access to LTPAC patient charts from any location. The mobile solution supports a team-based care model by allowing Sentara physicians to manage and monitor patients, provide care plan oversight, sign documents and facilitate care transitions from any location that is Wi-Fi enabled. “As an integrated delivery system, we believe that managing care across the full continuum, including the post-acute setting, takes an entire care team, with the physician at the very center of the team. Providing our physicians with a mobile solution that gives them access to patient information wherever they are will ensure that we are optimizing care coordination and driving the best possible outcomes for our patients,” said Bruce Robertson, President, Sentara Life Care. Vision will supplement the implementation of Epic’s EMR within Sentara’s Senior Life Care services.

Sentara will also use the Vision solution to strengthen patient safety initiatives by automating key clinical processes, such as medication administration. HealthMEDX and Sentara teams will work collaboratively to develop a standardized protocol for improving accuracy while administering medications at the bedside. Pam Pure, CEO, HealthMEDX, ,“We are delighted to partner with a leader like Sentara, long recognized for their integrated care delivery system and commitment to patient safety and care quality. We look forward to working together to implement technology that will enhance patient care by enabling connectivity with Sentara’s hospital-based EMR system to facilitate seamless patient transfers, support team-based care coordination, and directly impact patient safety.”

About Sentara Healthcare

Sentara Healthcare, based in Norfolk, Virginia, is an acknowledged leader in patient safety, quality and innovation with a mission To Improve Health Every Day. A highly integrated not-for-profit system, Sentara serves Virginia and northeastern North Carolina with 11 acute care hospitals, including a Level I trauma center, plus nursing centers and assisted living, outpatient campuses, rehabilitation, home health and hospice, four medical groups, Medical Transport ambulances and the Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance. Optima Health, a Sentara-owned health plan, serves 450,000 members. Four foundations support creative solutions to help meet community needs.

About HealthMEDX

HealthMEDX is the only vendor that provides an integrated, person-centric system that includes a full electronic medical record and comprehensive billing system with integrated CRM. The product, known as Vision, supports the entire Post-Acute Care continuum, including Long Term Care (Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living, and Independent Living), Rehab, Homecare and Hospice. The SaaS based architecture includes the HealthMEDX Exchange interoperability platform allowing post-acute providers to connect with hospitals, physicians and payers to address readmission management and facilitate care coordination across the care continuum. HealthMEDX Vision also offers an iOS-based mobile platform for the iPad® and iPhone® to allow physicians access to patient/resident health information from any location.

HealthMEDX Vision 7.1.10 is a CCHIT Certified® 2011 Long Term Post-Acute Care EHR additionally certified for Home Health and Skilled Nursing Facility. HealthMEDX Vision 7.1.10 is ONC-ACB Certified as a Modular EHR under the hospital and eligible provider certification criteria. For full certification details, please visit http://www.healthmedx.com and click on the ONC-ATCB seal at the bottom of the page.

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