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eClinicalWorks Enters Two New Partnerships to Enhance EHR Use

The health IT company entered two partnerships to improve MIPS data reporting and patient EHR access.

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By Kate Monica

- This week, eClinicalWorks entered into two new partnerships to improve EHR use for both providers and patients.

The health IT company today announced a new partnership with clinical data registry developer FigMD allowing providers to use the EHR system to connect to multiple specialty registries for data reporting.

FIGmd offers clinical data registry, analytics, and data reporting solutions to medical practices, specialty societies, hospitals, health systems, and other healthcare organizations to meet MIPS reporting requirements and assist in research and quality improvement efforts. Presently, FIGmd is used by more than 20 medical societies and their associated registries.

 “eClinicalWorks has developed strong partnerships and continued collaborations with its customers and industry vendors with the main goal of making it easier for providers to share data across systems,” said eClinicalWorks CEO and co-founder Girish Navani.

By connecting to FigMD, eClinicalWorks EHR users can more easily report MIPS data and reduce the administrative burden associated with meeting federal reporting requirements.

In addition to streamlining data reporting for providers, eClinicalWorks is also allowing patients more complete EHR access. 

Yesterday, eClinicalWorks announced it now supports OpenNotes to help clinicians more easily share visit notes with patients through eClinicalWorks’ patient portal. Enhancing information sharing between patients and providers will improve patient engagement and strengthen the patient-provider relationship.

As a non-profit organization, OpenNotes aims to facilitate patients in legally accessing their own EHRs. OpenNotes maintains patients that have access to their full medical record—including physician notes—better understand their condition and feel more in control of their own health management.  

“We’re pleased that eClinicalWorks now gives clinicians the option to share visit notes with their patients,” said OpenNotes Health Information Technology Associate Homer Chin, MD. “This flexibility shows a commitment to transparency as our country’s healthcare system continues to evolve.”

Supporting OpenNotes through the eClinicalWorks cloud-based solution will offer patients better insight into their medical conditions and encourage patient participation in clinical decision making. The eClinicalWorks patient portal previously allowed patients to access provider visit summaries. With the addition of OpenNotes, these summaries will become more complete.

 “eClinicalWorks remains dedicated to enhancing access to healthcare and making it more open and transparent. We believe that adding OpenNotes functionality will improve the healthcare experience for patients and is vital for the future of healthcare delivery,” said Navani.

These partnership are the newest of several recent efforts by eClinicalWorks to expand its offerings.

Earlier this month, the health IT company announced it will now allow users to connect with CommonWell Health Alliance and Carequality through a new self-service option. T

The self-service module improves interoperability by allowing users to choose a global consent model, view available connections, and register to connect to the Interoperability Hub. The option also integrates patient health data directly into provider EHR workflows.

"The self-service module for activating interoperability worked quite wonderfully for us," said independent Endocrinologist Renuka Boyapalli, MD. “We were already live on CommonWell, but we do have some patients who go to other hospitals in the area that use Epic. We activated Carequality, and within minutes we were able to retrieve CCDAs from the University of California, Los Angeles on a few of our patients.”

These new initiatives follow the $155 million settlement earlier this year to resolve allegations that eClinicalWorks had misled customers about the certification of its EHR technology and paid some customers kickbacks for positive product promotion.

Despite the settlement, eClinicalWorks has not suffered any major losses in consumer base. Only 11 percent of eClinicalWorks customers stated they would be seeking a new EHR vendor when their contract was fulfilled, according to a recent study by the Research Cloud. 

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