United Church Homes and Services Launch Electronic Health Record

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United Church Homes and Services (UCHS) has launched an Electronic Health Record (EHR) and billing system for the organization. http://www.uchas.org

Brantley Larew, IT Director for United Church Homes and Services

Brantley Larew, IT Director for United Church Homes and Services

After reviewing several software vendors it was obvious that HealthMEDX could meet our needs

United Church Homes and Services (UCHS) has launched an Electronic Health Record (EHR) and billing system for the organization.

An interdisciplinary team, under the leadership of Brantley Larew, Director of Information Systems, began preparing the organization for Health Information Technology (HIT) more than eighteen months ago with a vision to transform processes in the organization to a fully computerized model and to eliminate paper over the next several years.

An EHR is an electronic form of personal health history, doctor notes, test results, medications, messages and other important and personal information about a patient's medical history. This information is accessible to health care providers through computers and controlled user passwords. EHR systems are designed to prevent unauthorized users from gaining access to patient records through safeguards such as firewalls and other physical security measures.

When fully functional, the EHRs offer many advantages:
*Improved quality and convenience of patient care
*Improved accuracy of diagnoses and health outcomes
*Improved care coordination
*Up-to-date health information
*Increase practice efficiencies and cost savings
*Easier access to records

After a thorough evaluation, UCHS selected HealthMEDX the number one US based software provider for long-term care and home health to partner and to service their health information technology. “After reviewing several software vendors it was obvious that HealthMEDX could meet our needs," shared Larew. "The HealthMEDX system offers more complete patient information, providing caregivers improved ability to make well-informed treatment decisions quickly and safely."

United Church Homes and Services has a rich tradition of commitment to older adults. Three continuing care retirement communities, Abernethy Laurels (Newton, NC), Lake Prince Woods (Suffolk, VA), and Piedmont Crossing (Thomasville, NC), house more than 300 residents in skilled care, and 400 in residential living settings. In addition, UCHS operates six affordable housing unit program and one PACE facility. Incorporated in 1961, UCHS is a Christian ministry committed to providing vibrant senior living opportunities, diverse programs of outreach and compassionate healthcare services

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