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Centre Medical and Surgical Associates selects Allscripts EHR and PM solutions

AllscriptsMisys Healthcare Solutions : 28 August, 2008  (Application Story)
Centre Medical and Surgical Associates in Central Pennsylvania (CMSA) has selected the Allscripts' Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management (PM) solution for its 69 providers.
Centre Medical and Surgical Associates is one of the largest multi-specialty physician groups in Central Pennsylvania, with 53 physicians and 16 mid-level providers in offices located in State College, Boalsburg, Bellefonte, and Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. CMSA is replacing its financial automation system with Allscripts - and adding the Allscripts Electronic Health Record - to improve its ability to provide high quality care more cost-effectively.

'CMSA hopes to achieve a new level of efficiency through a paperless record system,' said John J McQueary, CMSA's chief operating officer and administrative director. 'Allscripts will make records immediately available to physicians for medical decision-making, improving patient care and accessibility. Because of the quality of the Allscripts system, we expect a smooth implementation of the solution to recover our cost quickly.'

The Allscripts Electronic Health Record enables physicians to instantly access patient information when and where they need it - in the clinic, at the hospital or while on-call at home. The web-based solution speeds and automates everyday clinical tasks such as prescribing and refilling medications, ordering and viewing tests, and documenting care.

More than simply automating manual tasks, the Electronic Health Record helps to transform healthcare with breakthroughs in connectivity including preloaded connections to a range of medical devices, and seamless support for public and private pay-for-performance and quality initiatives, as well as an advanced user experience that lets physicians in any specialty easily configure the system to their own specific needs.

The Allscripts Practice management solution combines sophisticated scheduling and Revenue Cycle Management tools in a single package and incorporates advanced features such as rule-based appointment scheduling, multi-resource and recurring appointment features, referral and eligibility indicators, and appointment and claims management.

'Our physicians unanimously selected Allscripts after seeing how much more intuitive and functional the electronic health record was compared with others on the market,' said Paula A Wray, associate administrator of CMSA. 'We determined from the beginning that we wanted an integrated electronic health record and Practice management system so we could easily exchange information between the clinical and financial areas. Allscripts not only had the best products geared toward practices our size, but the Allscripts clients we visited lost little productivity during the EHR go-live phase, and acceptance from their physicians was outstanding.'

Allscripts chief executive officer Glen Tullman commented, 'As a forward-looking practice, Centre Medical and Surgical Associates chose their electronic health record based on physician usability, ROI, the enhanced connectivity our systems offer and an understanding of our vision for the future. CMSA has been making the right decisions to improve care for their patients since 1974, and we're pleased that they've selected Allscripts as their partner in taking them to the next level.'

As part of the Electronic Health Record implementation, Allscripts will interface the Electronic Health Record with the Meditech inpatient clinical information systems of Mount Nittany Medical Center, a 203-bed acute care hospital in State College. The connection will benefit both CMSA and the hospital, allowing physicians to access the latest clinical information on patients, no matter where they are being seen.
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