Grant: $546,765 - Health Resources and Services Administration - Jun. 25, 2009
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Award Description: Care Alliance's Capital Improvement Program will enable us to better serve its patients by increasing its efficiency by becoming a technologically enhanced health center and by securing the supplies needed to provide the highest quality of care possible. By converting to Electronic Medical Records, Care Alliance anticipates a cost savings by reducing wasteful paper supplies, and through increasing efficiency of providers' limited time. Additionally, Electronic Medical Records will enable Care Alliance's providers to understand a more comprehensive and well rounded view of individual patients and their relationship to other services provided by our health center and to address their unique needs from a more comprehensive approach. By easily viewing a patients' complete history, medical staff will better be able to assist patients in management of chronic illnesses and ensure the most appropriate care is provided, enhancing patient outcomes. Additionally, conversion is expected to ease referrals for our patients from our health center to hospitals in the Cleveland area. Lastly, software enhancements for administrative and case management functions will lead to an improved ability to communicate effectiveness of programming, improved patient outcomes, the contributions of our volunteers and produce financial reports, each contributing to the overall increased efficiency of our health center.
Project Description: Care Alliance is committed to providing state-of-the-art healthcare in a safe, effective, efifcient, and patient-centered environment, Care Alliance anticipates that the service volumes will continue to grow, therefore making it critical to implement an integrated EHR and PM system with community connectivity foundational to optimizing current operations and enabling future growth. Currently, there is no common medical record linking site or other community providers though patients migrate between them. There is minimal linkage between current PM and billing systems and clinical care records. As a result, tracking patients, performing even simple registry activities, and generating required financial and performance reports is overly resource intense. When patients receive care outside of Care Alliance (ie. emergency departments, specialty care, lab screenings, etc.), connectivity is exclusively paper-based, inefficient, and ineffective. Capital Improvement Program will enable Care Alliance to implement EHR including ePrescribing through an ASP arrangement with one of several yet selected vendors. The plan is to develop interfaces with primary data sources, clinical collaborators, and payers, automate reporting of quality measures, and establish remote access to the system through VPN connectivity. Clinic locations will have secure wireless connectivity with redundancy and disaster recovery. The implementation of EMR will improve quality, safety, efficiency, health center viability and community image. As a result, there will be capacity to serve additional patients and to place more emphasis on chronic disease management, care coordination, reduction of health disparities, staff development, and community outreach.
Jobs Summary: None (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Not Started
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