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Integrated Approaches Fueling Allscripts, MEDITECH Growth

Both Allscripts and MEDITECH has reached an agreement with healthcare organizations to provide all-in-one health IT software and services.

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By Kyle Murphy, PhD

- A busy week for MEDITECH continues. Following the EHR company’s work to connect Vermont’s Northwestern Medical Center to CommonWell interoperability services, MEDITECH has signed an agreement with West Virginia's Williamson Memorial to Implement MEDITECH as a Service, dubbed MaaS.

“Williamson Memorial Hospital decided to partner with MEDITECH and use MaaS because it allows all of our hospital portals and systems to be stored in one central location,” said Charlie Hatfield, who serves as CEO of the critical access hospital. “Every department at Williamson Memorial will have access to each patient and be able to look up the necessary files in any situation. With MaaS being operated by MEDITECH, it will take much of the stress off of our IT Department.”

Through the agreement, Williamson Memorial will have access to the cloud-based MEDITECH Expanse EHR platform. The West Virginian hospital won’t have to invest in new health IT infrastructure or personnel to support the technology.

“MEDITECH prides itself on truly making a difference in the lives of the healthcare professionals and patient populations it serves,” added MEDITECH Executive Vice President Helen Waters. “To be able to provide contemporary, clinically innovative EHR tools to all of our customers, regardless of size or revenue, is beyond rewarding.”

The announcement comes half a year after another West Virginia hospital signed on with MEDITECH.

“With the MaaS model, the implementation complexity is reduced to allow our organization to focus on what's most important — patients,” said Denzil Blevins, CIO of Montgomery General Hospital, 25-bed CAH providing services to more than 1,000 patients in acute care and 40,000 patients in its ambulatory care setting. “MEDITECH has proven to be a supportive, dedicated, and loyal partner over the past 27 years and we're eager to spearhead the MaaS model and deploy MEDITECH Expanse.”

In 2017, MEDITECH announced the availability of its private, cloud-based EHR platform and its plans to initially offer MaaS to CAHs.

“This is an important step in driving EHR access and adoption for care organizations of all sizes. Reducing the complexity and cost of procuring and maintaining an EHR will allow these hospitals to focus their resources on patient care, productivity, and meeting regulations,” MEDITECH President & CEO Howard said at the time.

Meanwhile, Premier Orthopaedics in Pennsylvania has signed a deal with Allscripts for the latter to provide both clinical and financial technology. The agreement will bring EHR, practice management, patient engagement, and payer engagement to the organization in a single platform.

“As Premier continues to grow, building infrastructure to provide the best quality of care is a top priority for us,” said Matt O’Malley, Chief Executive Officer of Premier Orthopaedics. “Allscripts has demonstrated its embrace of open standards and interoperability, the key factor when choosing a strategic partner to provide our health IT solutions.”

Integration is a common theme at Allscripts to kick off 2019.

Earlier this month, Veradigm, the division of Allscripts focused on payers and life sciences entered into an agreement with Microsoft to connect patients with clinical studies through the cloud-based Allscripts EHR system.

“By integrating research at the point of care, we have the potential to lower costs, increase efficiencies, and remove bottlenecks that inhibit research, all while improving the welfare of patients,” said Veradigm CEO Tom Langan. “The barriers preventing this shift have now largely been removed – what is needed is a commitment to developing the technologies, workflows, processes and compliance frameworks to support it.”

The technology will allow providers to play matchmaker.

“The initial focus of this collaboration will be to extend Allscripts’ cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) platforms with innovative technologies focused on enabling integrated research — for instance point-of-care, automated ‘match-making’ between study protocols and the patients and providers who may qualify for those studies,” Allscripts stated.

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