- Western Maryland Health System selects Dell for EMR technical solution
- EMR systems help physicians improve patient care in local Maryland community
- EMR technology helps local hospital healthcare network reduce operating costs
- WMHS makes it affordable and practical for local physician practices to transition from paper to electronic records.
CUMBERLAND, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Western Maryland Health System (WMHS) is sponsoring Electronic Medical Records (EMR) for its 150 affiliated and 26 employed physicians to help improve and coordinate patient care, reduce costs and streamline administration across the local healthcare community.
WMHS, like other hospitals in Maryland, plan to balance a state-mandated Medicaid budget cut and rate increases that continue to be less than the rate of inflation with a commitment to improve the quality of care for the citizens it serves. Implementing an EMR system helps improve communication, coordination and measurement critical to eliminating administrative inefficiencies such as duplication of tests and procedures.
WMHS has selected Dell for its EMR technical solution and eClinicalWorks for its hosted subscription-based software. Working with both businesses, WMHS is sponsoring an integrated EMR solution that includes hosted EMR and practice management software. The solution includes: office technology, practice and site assessments to determine practice readiness and workflow requirements, solution installation, physician and staff training and 24-7 software and hardware support handled by Dell’s ProSupport EMR helpdesk.
Additionally, physicians may be able to take advantage of financing to minimize up-front and out-of-pocket expenses associated with EMR adoption. The ability to finance these costs will enable practices to manage their cash flow with affordable monthly payments while they qualify for ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment) “meaningful use” reimbursement. WMHS is making it affordable and practical for many more local physician practices to transition from paper to electronic records.
The potential of EMR to reduce healthcare costs for consumers, employers and the government has made its adoption a foundational plank in the federal government’s plan to reform healthcare and stimulate the U.S. economy. Healthcare providers who adopt EMR and achieve “meaningful use” between 2011 and 2015 are eligible for bonus payments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
As sponsor, WMHS is eliminating long-standing barriers to EMR adoption for the small and medium medical practices in its community and will be enabling physicians to share information with each other via Maryland’s Chesapeake Regional Information Service Provider (CRISP) exchange. Information exchange is a requirement for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding.
WMHS Affiliated Physicians can learn more about the WMHS Affiliated Physicians EMR solution by contacting Dell at 866-Dell-EMR, or contacting eClinicalWorks.
“Healthcare reform and payment reform requires more health information integration. WMHS and community providers have an opportunity to work together for the benefit of our patients. WMHS has done the research to identify the best EMR solution so that physicians can be physicians, not part-time CIOs. We have tailored this as a complete hardware/software solution so that our physicians can focus on patient care. We believe this solution we have put together with eClinicalWorks and Dell will enable our physicians to achieve meaningful use standards and financial incentives,” said Tom Dowdell, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, WMHS.
“The U.S. healthcare system is suffering from a digital divide that we can no longer afford: patient information that is locked away in paper records; electronic medical records solutions that are beyond the reach of most physician practices and hospitals and physicians who share patients, but not patient information. The Western Maryland Health System is accelerating EMR adoption to create a community of practices that is more efficient, better coordinated, thereby improving patient care,” said Jamie Coffin, VP and GM Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences.
About Western Maryland Health System:
The Western Maryland Health System (WMHS) in Cumberland serves residents in Allegany and Garrett Counties in Maryland, five counties in West Virginia and two counties in Pennsylvania. WMHS includes the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, a 275-bed hospital that opened in November 2009, a nursing center, urgent care clinics, outpatient services, and physician practices.
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