|(November 11, 2003—Pasadena, CA) — Prime Clinical System’s Patient Chart Manager, an innovative electronic medical records system, is streamlining work processes, improving patient care – and making life much easier for attending physicians and residents at White Memorial Medical Center OB-GYN Practice and Residency Program.
The Los Angeles, CA-based medical group, with 7 physicians and 20 residents, has been using the EMR since 2001. The system enables users to electronically access patient information, document patient encounters and pass data to other information systems.
Since implementing Patient Chart Manager, White Memorial OB/GYN has improved its clinical workflow considerably. Residents now complete patient visits in an average of 20 minutes, whereas the residents spent about 40 minutes with each patient when using paper charts.
“The residents are so much more efficient,” says Ron Johnson, M.D., head physician in the OB/GYN department at White Memorial. “Instead of spending time shuffling through paper, they have the information that they need right at their fingertips, making it possible to better serve our patients. Even though the patient visits are shorter, the residents are actually spending less time with their heads buried in manila folders and more time interacting with their patients.”
The EMR also makes life easier for the attending physicians. Patient Chart Manager is one of the only EMRs that enables both residents and attending physicians to access and sign off on the same medical charts, eliminating the all too common residency program paper chase. Plus, physicians can access the system remotely via any Web browser.
“ With this EMR, we can answer all the residents’ questions and sign the charts sitting in front of our computers, with our kids on our laps, at home,” Johnson says. “The physicians really love how the system makes it easier to do their jobs. I can’t imagine running our practice without it.”
In addition to the unique feature enabling resident and attending physicians to access the same charts, the EMR offers easy to use screens, making it possible for users to add new patients, view schedules, search by last name or social security number and locate and open patient charts with just a single click.
Clinicians also can access the information that they need to provide quality care to patients. Through Patient Chart Manager, physicians can tap into a complete database that includes patient demographics, patient appointment history, patient lab data, patient charts, medication lists, allergies and warnings as well as active and resolved problem lists.
Integrating the EMR system with the practice’s administrative system results in even more efficiencies. Patient Chart Manager connects seamlessly with OnSTAFF, Prime’s practice management system, a product that automates many administrative functions such as billing, accounts receivable, aging of accounts and insurance follow-up. OnSTAFF is one of the first systems approved by Medicare for ANSI 4010A1 compliance and is also primed to help practices comply with HIPAA regulations.
“Our technology works in concert to offer the total package for physician practices. With Prime’s solutions, medical groups can optimize both their clinical and administrative performance,” says Barry Ardelan, president of Prime Clinical. “As a result, we not only make physicians’ lives easier, we also help physician practices streamline their day-to-day activities, boost their revenues—and ultimately better care for their patients.”
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