The Community Health Access Network (CHAN) has chosen Athenahealth’s EHR system to enhance care coordination across its seven federally qualified health centers. The implementation aims to improve interoperability, patient engagement, and data analytics capabilities. Weirton Medical Center is also investing in an Oracle Cerner EHR system to unify patient information. First Choice Neurology is implementing eClinicalWorks EHR across 40 locations to meet their specific functionality needs. These healthcare organizations recognize the value of advanced EHR systems in improving care delivery and operational efficiency.
The Community Health Access Network (CHAN) recently announced its decision to implement Athenahealth’s electronic health record (EHR) system across its seven federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). The main objective behind this implementation is to enhance the functionality of the offerings and improve care coordination within the network.
Gary Noseworthy, the executive director of CHAN, emphasized the organization’s commitment to delivering seamless, high-quality care to individuals in need, especially those managing chronic conditions and addressing social determinants of health. By partnering with athenahealth, CHAN aims to equip its members and staff with the necessary tools to inform business strategy and provide integrated and evidence-based care effectively.
During the search for a new EHR system, CHAN’s FQHC members prioritized interoperability and collaboration with other healthcare providers. They also sought to empower patients through digital engagement tools like online patient portals and mobile apps. Furthermore, CHAN aimed to leverage robust data analytics tools to gain better visibility into clinical, financial, and operational metrics, facilitating effective reporting and driving improved outcomes.
Kris McCracken, the CEO of Amoskeag Health and CHAN’s founding member and board chairman, expressed the network’s decision to work with AthenaHealth, emphasizing the value the company brings in streamlining staff and clinician workflows and coordinating care across the community. With AthenaOne, CHAN will have access to essential functionality that enables information access and communication between patients and providers, ultimately enhancing care coordination throughout the community.
By implementing AthenaOne, CHAN members will gain access to various EHR tools that improve billing processes, enhance patient engagement, and ultimately enhance care quality and financial performance. Additionally, the EHR system aims to simplify clinician documentation, streamline workflows, improve accuracy, and allow clinicians to focus more on the patient during appointments.
In another healthcare facility, Weirton Medical Center (WMC) has invested $65 million in an Oracle Cerner EHR implementation. This implementation aims to unify patient information and physicians across the WMC network into a single platform, improving coordination and access to vital medical information. The project is currently underway and is expected to go live in the late fall of 2023.
First Choice Neurology, one of the largest neurology groups in the United States, has also announced an eClinicalWorks EHR implementation across its 40 locations. With over 1,300 patients being treated daily across six Florida counties and 35 major hospitals, First Choice Neurology had specific functionality needs that eClinicalWorks was able to meet. The latest version of the EHR software, ClinicalWorks V12, offers a comprehensive platform for enhancing value-based care, workflow efficiency, and EHR usability. Additionally, the neurology group will leverage the health information search tool PRISMA to simplify patient record retrieval and improve access to patient data from different hospitals nationwide.
First Choice Neurology has already witnessed significant improvements in workflows and operations since implementing the V12 EHR, with additional services such as Healow TeleVisits and PRISMA seamlessly integrating with the EHR system.