Centra Health and HealthMEDX Partner to Optimize Patient Care Across the Healthcare Continuum

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Virginia based Centra Health has selected HealthMEDX Vision, along with the Exchange Platform, as their complete health information technology solution. Driving this decision is Centra’s commitment to provide technology that will seamlessly manage patient care across all post-acute care settings, as well as enable the exchange of patient information across their entire acute-care continuum, including hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies and labs.

Virginia based Centra Health has selected HealthMEDX Vision, along with the Exchange Platform, as their complete health information technology solution. Driving this decision is Centra’s commitment to provide technology that will seamlessly manage patient care across all post-acute care settings, as well as enable the exchange of patient information across their entire acute-care continuum, including hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies and labs. The Vision system will also be used to manage their complex contractual relationships and financial reimbursement.

As a progressive healthcare organization committed to delivering high quality patient care in the optimum setting, Centra utilizes an integrated care model in which post-acute providers play a central role in care delivery. Centra’s skilled nursing facility (SNF) provides continued care for patients discharged from the hospital that require transitional care. To ensure continuity of care, Centra has developed cross continuum protocols to facilitate smooth and effective care transitions and reduce hospital readmissions. Through Centra’s innovative cardiac program, a specially-trained cardiac nurse manages care for cardiac patients in the SNF using specialized care pathways developed by Centra’s cardiology group. Since implementation of the cardiac program in the post-acute setting, Centra has reduced patient length of stay from 4.52 days in 2006 to 3.85 days in 2012.

Based on this success, clinical leaders at Centra are developing similar programs for orthopedics and piloting Emergency Room Diversion Protocols. Centra leaders believe it imperative that their post-acute EMR technology be able to manage care across all post-acute care settings, as well as interoperate with the full acute care continuum. After a detailed review process, Centra selected HealthMEDX Vision, along with the Exchange Platform, as the solution best qualified to help them achieve their clinical and business goals. “With HealthMEDX’s long-term post-acute care EMR and connectivity platform, we will be able to enhance the quality of care across all settings and continue our evolution as a technology leader,” said John Paul Jones, M.D., Chief Medical Information Officer, Centra Health.

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.

“Our commitment to providing excellent patient care extends beyond the doors of our hospitals. We believe that SNFs, homecare services and hospice providers are essential components of an integrated healthcare delivery system,” says David Adams, Chief Strategy Officer, Centra Health. “Because of our unique case management and discharge planning approach, along with clinical protocols that extend care across all settings, we have been able to improve transitional care as well as reduce a patient’s length of stay in the hospital. By partnering with HealthMEDX and employing their Vision Solution with the HealthMEDX Exchange Platform, we will be able to more seamlessly direct and manage patient care in the right setting, whether that’s in the hospital, a SNF or in the patient’s own home.”

Pam Pure, CEO, HealthMEDX, says “We are excited to partner with Centra, a healthcare provider sharing our belief that the post-acute care setting is a critical component of the healthcare continuum. In the coming months, we will be working together to develop and automate Centra’s innovative protocols to drive evidence-based quality care while directing patients to the optimum care setting. Working with their experienced and dedicated physician team, we will employ Vision to seamlessly transfer patients to the most cost effective and efficient care setting and to facilitate their ED Diversion Programs. We’re thrilled to be working with the pioneering team of healthcare leaders at Centra.”

About Centra

Centra is a regional nonprofit healthcare system based in Lynchburg, VA. With more than 6,000 employees, a medical staff of nearly 500, and 140 employed physicians providing care in 38 locations, Centra serves over 300,000 people throughout central and south side Virginia and provides a comprehensive array of medical services in a variety of convenient settings. Nationally recognized as a high quality health care provider, Centra’s services to the community continue to expand through physician practices, screenings and tests, media and publications, and community programs in an effort to promote wellness and prevent medical problems.

About HealthMEDX

HealthMEDX provides an integrated clinical/financial EMR and CRM across the entire LTPAC care continuum, including: Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living, Independent Living, Rehab, Home Care and Hospice. The SaaS based architecture supports interoperability with hospitals, physicians and payers to address readmission management and care coordination challenges across the care continuum.

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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