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Clopton Clinic selects Allscripts to provide practice management solutions

AllscriptsMisys Healthcare Solutions : 15 May, 2008  (Application Story)
Clopton Clinic has selected the Allscripts' Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management (PM) solution for its 32 providers.
Clopton Clinic, the largest internal medicine physician group in northeast Arkansas, was in the first wave of physician groups to adopt electronic medical records, in 1996. But after 12 years with the same vendor, the physician-owned Clinic is replacing its clinical and financial automation systems with Allscripts to improve its ability to participate in pay-for- performance programmes and clinical research, accelerate the revenue cycle, and connect to real-time information from all key healthcare stakeholders.

'We've been electronic for 12 years but Allscripts will take us to the next level with capabilities that our old system just couldn't match,' said Revel Porter, MD, president of Clopton Clinic. 'Whether you're talking disease management or true revenue cycle management, Allscripts will help Clopton Clinic deliver on our mission of providing the highest quality, compassionate care for the citizens of Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri.'

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. M

oving beyond the old electronic medical record, which merely automated manual tasks, the Allscripts Electronic Health Record provides the ability to truly transform healthcare, with breakthroughs in connectivity including preloaded connections to a range of medical devices, and seamless support for pay-for-performance and quality initiatives, as well as an advanced user experience that lets physicians easily configure the system to their own specific needs while protecting the discrete data required for research and analysis.

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 were really impressed with the wealth of information that the EHR delivers, and how it lets them customise the way they use it to suit their own work patterns,' said Justin Austin, director of clinical information systems at Clopton Clinic. 'Allscripts is basically a one-stop shop for everything - from the patient portal to e-prescribing to analysing population health. With Allscripts, we're eliminating eight or nine vendors, and we now have one number to call.'

Allscripts chief executive officer Glen Tullman commented, 'Clopton Clinic should be congratulated for being an early pioneer of electronic medical records. Recently, the leadership team concluded that good wasn't good enough when it comes to Patient safety and improving healthcare and decided to upgrade their legacy electronic health record and Practice management solutions. Their focus moved from simply automating typical physician behaviors to transforming the way care is delivered and offering new opportunities like clinical trials and pay-for-performance, while actually simplifying the support process and lowering the cost of running a medical practice.'

As part of the Electronic Health Record implementation, Clopton Clinic will deploy Allscripts iHealth, a personal health record service that enables patients to make appointments, refill medications and exchange secure email with their providers via a Clinic-branded patient portal. And the Clinic will deploy Allscripts Study Manager, providing the data tools to more easily participate in clinical research, resulting in a new revenue stream and advanced care options for patients.
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