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Physicians affiliated with Hunterdon Healthcare Partners, a partnership between 180 local physicians and the Hunterdon Medical Center, located in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, will soon take a major step toward their goal of continuing to improve the quality of healthcare by investing over $3,000,000 in an Electronic Medical Record System (EMR) at 24 separate physician offices and the Medical Center. Thanks to collaboration with Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey, Princeton Insurance, and Healthcare Quality Strategies, Inc., participating physicians will be installing the NextGen EMR System in their offices over the next 2 years.
Robert P. Wise, President and CEO of the Hunterdon Healthcare System stated, "Communication is vital to the timely transmission of medical information. The implementation of the electronic medical record will serve to improve effective communication among all of the Patient's caregivers throughout the Hunterdon Healthcare System. The result will be better healthcare decisions, and better outcomes of care." Jeffrey L. Weinstein, Executive Director of Hunterdon HealthCare Partners, added, "The use of the electronic medical record will improve the sharing of outpatient and inpatient clinical information between physicians. It will also assist physicians in following clinical protocols, which were developed by Hunterdon HealthCare Partners to enhance the quality of care in our community."
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the state's largest health insurer, were eager to partner with its network hospital and physicians to help fund this initiative as a way to improve the quality of care received by its members. "We see the use of electronic medical records as a way to improve communication between patients and the multiple physicians treating them," explained Dr. Richard Popiel, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.
Healthcare Quality Strategies, Inc., has assisted in this process as part of the Doctors' Office Quality - Information Technology (DOQ-IT) Project. This national program is supported by CMS. "Partnerships between key healthcare stakeholders are vital in accelerating the adoption of health information technology in New Jersey", stated Martin P. Margolies, Chief Executive Officer, Health Quality Strategies, Inc.
"Part of the mission of the Hunterdon HealthCare Partners is to continually improve the quality of care for our patients. Auditing charts of our member physicians is one method we use to accomplish this goal. An electronic medical record will streamline the process and allow us to do more sophisticated audits", said Robert Coates, M.D., M.M.M. the Chief Medical Officer for Hunterdon HealthCare Partners. "The implementation of the integrated Electronic Medical Record will position the Hunterdon Healthcare System for the national e-health initiative," said Glenn Mammary, Chief Information Officer of the System.
The electronic medical record will allow physicians to view a patient's information from any location within Hunterdon Healthcare System. For example, if a patient is admitted into the hospital for chest pain and had visited their primary doctor two days prior, the admitting physician will be able to see what the patient's diagnosis was and treatment plan prescribed. "Improving communication in this manner puts us closer to realizing our common goal of achieving optimal patient care. We believe that readily available, accurate and complete health information, implemented through an electronic medical record system, can enhance patient safety," stated Tom Snyder, Vice President of Healthcare Risk Services for Princeton Insurance.
Hunterdon HealthCare Partners indicated it would take two years to fully implement the Electronic Medical Record System in physician practices. Hunterdon HealthCare Partners is currently comprised of 180 physicians and the Hunterdon Healthcare System. This partnership was created with the goal of providing the residents of Hunterdon County and its five neighboring counties with efficient, effective and high quality health care.
"Hunterdon Healthcare Partners has been established to improve access to health care services to the residents of Hunterdon County and the surrounding areas."
"Residents accessing care through one of our participating providers who have coverage through a contracted plan will have the peace of mind knowing that medically appropriate care provided within our network will be provided by an in network provider."