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NJ Health Center Completes eClinicalWorks EHR Implementation

A New Jersey health center has rolled out an eClinicalWorks EHR that includes an electronic dental record and a behavioral health module.

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By Kate Monica

- The Center for Health Education Medicine & Dentistry (CHEMED) has successfully implemented its new eClinicalWorks EHR system complete with an electronic dental record and a behavioral health module.

The cloud-based EHR solution will assist in coordinating care between the more than 66 providers delivering medical services at CHEMED. Based in New Jersey, the medical services organization is a non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides care for patients in areas including internal medicine, pediatrics, behavioral health, dentistry, women’s health, podiatry, geriatrics, and specialty care. As an FQHC, CHEMED provides services to patients regardless of their ability to pay.

"At CHEMED, our mission is to provide quality healthcare to the uninsured and underinsured and to give an integrated package of healthcare to the community," said CHEMED CEO David Friedman. “I am a firm believer in preventive services and educating and empowering patients on the importance of healthy living.”

The EHR system includes an EHR data repository, an electronic dental record, and a behavioral health module. Behavioral healthcare services providers are increasingly implementing EHR systems equipped with advanced data analytics capabilities and pushing for behavioral health data exchange to mend the infrastructure and technology gap between behavioral health and other areas of care.

Officials at CHEMED say the fully integrated EHR platform has already improved operational efficiencies since its implementation and will assist providers in delivering high-quality, evidence-based care to patient populations at CHEMED.

“To achieve our mission, we made the switch to eClinicalWorks because of its proven success with community health centers and its commitment to advancing patient and community outcomes,” said Friedman. “Through a collaborative effort, eClinicalWorks and CHEMED have maximized patient care and enhanced communication between providers and patients through the cloud.”

This eClinicalWorks implementation is the latest in a string of positive developments for the health IT company. Earlier this month, eClinicalWorks entered into two new partnerships to improve EHR use for patients and providers.

First, the health IT company announced it now supports OpenNotes to help clinicians more easily share visit notes with patients through the eClinicalWorks patient portal. The non-profit OpenNotes allows patients to legally access their full medical record – including physician notes – to promote better understanding among patients about their own conditions and care 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.”

The following day, eClinicalWorks announced a partnership with clinical data registry developer FigMD to allow providers to use their EHR system to connect to multiple specialty registries for data reporting.

By connecting to FigMD, eClinicalWorks EHR users can report data for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) with less hassle. Reducing administrative burden by streamlining reporting processes could assist in alleviating physician burnout.

 “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.

A successful EHR implementation and several well-received initiatives could help the health IT company recover following the $155 million settlement earlier this year over allegations that eClinicalWorks had misled its customers about the certification of its EHR technology.

According to one study, the settlement led to an increase in suspicion among providers toward all health IT companies. However, few eClinicalWorks users chose to terminate their contracts with the vendor as a result of the settlement. 

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