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Mankato Clinic implements Allscripts EHR solutions to connect 113 physicians

AllscriptsMisys Healthcare Solutions : 19 February, 2008  (New Product)
Mankato Clinic has selected the Allscripts Electronic Health Record (EHR) to connect and automate clinical tasks for its 113 multi-specialty physicians and practitioners with the aim of enhancing their quality initiatives.
The Mankato Clinic is one of the largest physician-owned practices in Minnesota, USA, with clinics in six communities across a 70-mile area that together handled nearly 400,000 patient visits in 2007.

'The Mankato Clinic is committed to making healthcare more efficient and effective for our patients, and the implementation of Allscripts is a major step in that direction,' said Roger Greenwald, chief executive officer of Mankato Clinic. 'With the electronic health record, our patients can expect quicker, more seamless care as well as improvements in our ability to track and improve the quality of care we deliver.'

The Electronic Health Record from Allscripts will replace paper record keeping for the Mankato Clinic by automating everyday clinical tasks such as prescribing medications, ordering and viewing laboratory tests, and documenting patient care. The solution also will connect Mankato Clinic physicians and other caregivers to laboratories, pharmacies, insurers and other key healthcare stakeholders, while delivering secure, immediate access to patient information at the point of care - whether in the office, at the hospital or remotely.

Mankato Clinic selected Allscripts after a five-year research process that was driven in part by a state law requiring all Minnesota healthcare providers to have an interconnected Electronic Health Record by 2015. The clinic selected Allscripts because the group's physicians were convinced it is the most advanced and intuitive Electronic Health Record.

Mark Matthias, MD, Mankato Clinic's chief medical officer, also praised the EHR's ability to automate and measure specific quality initiatives.

'Allscripts enables us to query patient records to review key clinical evaluation criteria such as disease, age, sex, prescribing drug, and so on, to more quickly and efficiently learn where quality improvement opportunities exist,' Dr Matthias said.

The system is designed to enhance the way individual physicians practice medicine, automatically tracking key patient outcomes, providing the information needed to improve the effectiveness of disease management, health maintenance, and care planning initiatives.

'We're excited that the Mankato Clinic has chosen Allscripts as their technology partner to bring better quality and efficiency to the thousands of patients they serve in Minnesota,' said Allscripts chief executive officer Glen Tullman. 'It is time intensive and limiting to track and measure quality care without an electronic health record, and our partnership is a sign of the Mankato Clinic's investment in the future of medicine and the health of their patients.'

To connect Mankato Clinic's financial and clinical functions, the practice will integrate Allscripts with its existing Practice management system from McKesson.
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