- Nebraska-based Boys Town National Research Hospital recently made the decision to begin a MEDITECH EHR implementation as part of an effort to improve revenue cycle management and behavioral healthcare delivery.
The hospital specializes in clinical and research programs centered on childhood deafness, language development, and communication disorders. Boys Town will launch MEDITECH’s web-based EHR system Expanse.
“We're proud to have an organization like Boys Town moving forward with our Expanse EHR,” said Executive Vice President Helen Waters. “Their commitment to improving the lives of at-risk children on a local and national level is extraordinary. And their work continues to make a difference with positive changes that are seen throughout the greater community.”
MEDITECH launched its web-based EHR system offering in March, 2018. The EHR platform allows healthcare organizations to extend their ability to facilitate care coordination across the care continuum.
Expanse is also designed to allow providers to adapt to an increasingly open, virtual healthcare landscape across care settings for more comprehensive patient care delivery.
The Boys Town hospital network includes campuses in Boys Town and Omaha, Nebraska. Boys Town provides ENT services at the Boys Town Ear, Nose, and Throat Institute, as well as general pediatric care, orthopedic services, internal medicine, pediatric gastroenterology, and behavioral healthcare.
The hospital also offers clinical services addressing allergies, asthma, pediatric pulmonology, audiology, and ophthalmologic needs.
“MEDITECH’s web-enabled platform provides a more complete EMR system for our medical staff,” said Boys Town Hospital Chief Information Officer Ann Ducey. “Having all of our data on one system will improve scheduling and clinic workflows, and improve access to patient information for our providers.”
Boys Town has developed national medical programs currently instituted at hospitals and clinics throughout the country.
MEDITECH’s Expanse EHR system will also help Boys Town to improve levels of physician satisfaction and physician productivity by reducing the amount of time providers spend engaging in EHR use.
In September, MEDITECH began offering users of its Expanse EHR solution access to an EHR-integrated prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) link.
The health IT company partnered with health IT solution provider DrFirst to integrate the PDMP database link directly into its EHR system. Providers can use PDMP data to identify patients who may be visiting multiple doctors for several prescriptions, or who may be at risk of substance abuse disorder.
Ensuring users can access PDMP data within clinical workflows helps to reduce the number of clicks per day for providers and improve clinical efficiency.
Additionally, allowing providers to easily access prescription data through an EHR-integrated, one-tap link may help healthcare organizations successfully participate in opioid overuse prevention and treatment efforts.
Forty-nine states currently operate a PDMP database. The EHR-integrated PDMP link connects all available PDMP databases to allow users to view aggregated patient information about prescribing, dispensing, and the use of prescription drugs and controlled substances.
Addressing the opioid epidemic was a top priority in 2018 among federal entities. According to CMS, safe prescribing policies have helped to cut the number of Medicare beneficiaries receiving higher opioid doses than recommended by almost 40 percent in 2017.