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Hutchinson Clinic deploys Allscripts TouchWorks EHR solutions

AllscriptsMisys Healthcare Solutions : 09 May, 2007  (New Product)
Hutchinson Clinic is to deploy the Allscripts' TouchWorks Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management (PM) solution to automate and connect clinical and administrative processes for the clinic's 65 physicians.
Hutchinson Clinic is a multi-specialty group practice with its main campus in Hutchinson and satellite clinics serving small towns across a 100 mile swath of rural Central Kansas, USA.

The Touchworks solution connected 65 physicians at the Hutchinson Clinic.

When the clinic decided to replace its outdated Practice management system, it used the opportunity to automate the clinical side of the practice as well.

'When you operate across a huge territory like ours, you have to make sure that the current patient record is available at all times to every provider, and that's not possible without an Electronic Health Record', said Les Zimmerman, Hutchinson Clinic's chief executive officer. 'Allscripts is the answer, for both the clinic and the back office.'

TouchWorks will enable Hutchinson's physicians to instantly access patient information when and where they need it - in the main campus or satellite offices, 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.

Additionally, TouchWorks combines sophisticated scheduling and financial management tools in a single package and incorporates advanced functionality such as rule-based appointment scheduling, multi-resource and recurring appointment features, referral and eligibility indicators, and appointment and claims management.

The combined EHR-PM solution is built on a single intelligent platform with Microsoft SQL Server technology to meet the clinical and administrative needs of medical groups across the country.

'We wanted a combined system that would make us more efficient across the business, that was intuitive and powerful enough to easily handle our volume of patients, and Allscripts was the clear choice', said Hutchinson Clinic's president James Ruhlmann, MD.

'What also sold us was the company's track record on implementations, where they have a stellar reputation for making sure that clients get up on the system without a drop-off in production.'

Hutchinson Clinic plans to offer the Allscripts solution to smaller physician groups in Central Kansas via a Medical Service Organization (MSO) model, said Zimmerman.

The clinic would host the solution and offer technical support to the smaller groups in return for a monthly or annual fee.

'We are proud to have been selected by one of the nation's leading rural practices to transform their business', said Glen Tullman, chief executive officer of Allscripts.

'With our solutions in place, Hutchinson Clinic will no longer have to shuffle paper charts between distant clinics and struggle to keep critical information up to date because their physicians will have it instantly available at all times.'
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