Alliance of Chicago Implements EMR-Link from Ignis Systems for Efficient Lab Connectivity in Community Healthcare

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The Alliance of Chicago has selected Ignis Systems' EMR-Link as the EMR to Lab connectivity solution for its membership of over 25 community health centers (CHCs) across 11 states.

The Alliance of Chicago has selected Ignis Systems' EMR-Link as the EMR to Lab connectivity solution for its membership of over 25 community health centers (CHCs) across 11 states.

“With EMR-Link, lab integration deploys rapidly, and creates a lab order workflow that fits naturally within the workflow of the EMR,” remarked Andrew Hamilton, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Clinical Informatics for the Alliance. “From our perspective, it's a must-have, not a nice-to-have. We've been implementing EMRs for seven years now, but since we adopted the Ignis solution, we've trimmed weeks off of a typical lab implementation. Making integration effective within the provider’s EMR workflow is what Health Information Exchange (HIE) should be about."

The mission of the Alliance is to share resources and integrate services in order to more efficiently and effectively deliver accessible quality healthcare to the communities it serves. As part of this mission, the Alliance is working to help its CHCs and others implement EMRs. Using the EMR-Link solution offers clinicians at those CHCs more efficient workflow with minimal modification. For sites that are just getting started with electronic lab ordering, EMR-Link saves a lot of manual setup work. For sites that already had lab results reporting, clinicians enjoy the addition of an integrated lab ordering workflow.

In addition to improved workflow, EMR-Link simplifies and automates the implementation process for the Alliance. Clinicians immediately see the benefits of having the requisition and label printed electronically. The Alliance is currently conducting research that examines the impact of accuracy of lab data on the quality and safety of care and sees the potential for EMR-centric lab connectivity to contribute to better care. According to Hamilton, "If the data from the lab is more valid, the prompts we have built that remind clinicians to redo labs at regular intervals are more accurate. These kinds of measures make it more likely that physicians will achieve improvements in the quality of care over time."

"We recognize Alliance of Chicago as a leading EMR implementer," explained Ken Willett, CEO of Ignis Systems. "They have an exceptionally successful standardized methodology, one that we'd like to see more widely adopted. We're delighted to partner with them and look forward to bringing the benefits of EMRs to community healthcare across the nation."

About the Alliance of Chicago
The Alliance of Chicago is a group of community health centers working together to share resources and integrate services to more efficiently and effectively deliver accessible, quality health care to the communities they serve. Alliance members are health centers serving primarily low-income and uninsured patients. Founded in 1997 and continually growing, the Alliance consists of more than 25 sites serving more than 250,000 clients, with well over one million encounters annually.

About Ignis Systems Corporation
Founded in 1999, Ignis Systems Corporation provides physician-centric solutions that integrate laboratory test services within a clinic's electronic medical record (EMR). Used by more than 4,000 physicians at over 200 practices nationwide, the company's flagship solution, EMR-Link, features out-of-the-box integration to leading regional and national reference and hospital labs throughout the U.S. For more information on Ignis System, visit or call 888-806-0309.

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