(Pasadena, CA – October 28, 2004) – The Glendora Digestive Disease Institute is implementing the Patient Chart Manager electronic medical records system from Prime Clinical Systems in an effort to create a technologically advanced gastrointestinal endoscopy and surgery center.
“We are building a facility that truly is on the leading edge. So, as part of our mission, we are taking advantage of the most innovative technologies available. In this day and age, that means having an electronic medical records system that can really help us provide the best care possible, ” says Ali Sahebekhtiari, M.D., a gastroenterologist and the medical director, president and CEO of the facility.
After reviewing a number of systems, Dr. Sahebekhtiari decided that the Patient Chart Manager system best met the myriad of specific requirements inherent in creating a leading outpatient gastrointestinal endoscopy and surgery center. Prime’s electronic medical record system stands out from others because it offers functions and features making it possible to:
- ease compliance with HIPAA and other regulations by providing controlled access to portions of the EMR and prompting users to enter documentation
- create templates that match up with the common gastrointestinal procedures performed in the center
- capture video images from endoscopic procedures
- import data from separate pathology, lab and radiology systems
- record video images and transport them directly to the patient chart
- enable physicians to review patient records from home and other remote locations
- produce endoscopy and surgery reports immediately after completing procedures
- pull vital signs from vital signs monitor devices and import the data directly to the electronic medical chart
After using the system for less than a year, Glendora is already reaping many clinical, financial and administrative benefits.
Most important, because physicians have access to complete medical histories at each visit, Patient Chart Manager enables doctors to make informed clinical decisions, which leads to improved care and enhanced patient safety.
The system is also helping the center operate efficiently and cost effectively. First of all, electronic access to information is eliminating many of the cumbersome workflow processes involved with paper chart retrieval. Second, the practice is maximizing reimbursement because the system automatically matches procedures to the right CPT and ICD-9 billing codes. Third, because physicians are entering notes electronically, GDDI is not incurring transcription costs. And finally, the surgery center is cutting the supply costs typically involved with creating and maintaining paper charts.
“As a company, Prime is committed to staying ahead of the curve and offering software systems that provide the advanced functions and features that physicians need to do the best job possible with patients,” says Barry Ardelan, Prime’s CEO. “The clinical benefits are just the beginning though. Once practices start using our system, they start to reap a number of operational and financial benefits as well.”
Prime Clinical will be demonstrating the Patient Chart Manager electronic medical records system in booth 224 at the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology, Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, 2004, in Kissimmee, Fla.
About Prime Clinical Systems Prime Clinical Systems Inc. is a medical software company headquartered in Pasadena, California, and regionally in Lincolnshire, Illinois and San Ramon, California. Founded in 1983, the company’s proven products, stellar services and innovative advances have made it one of the fastest growing providers of health care software systems in the nation.
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