Advocate Physician Partners (APP) today announced the implementation of its 500th independent physician member on SynAPPs, the Cloud-based APP eClinicalWorks Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. A major milestone for APP, this is the largest installation of a hospital-affiliated independent physician network on the eClinicalWorks EHR in the mid-West. Additionally, 87 percent of APP’s eligible physician members on the SynAPPs system have met the Stage 1 Meaningful Use requirement, resulting in over $6.7 million in incentive dollars earned from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The SynAPPs project demonstrates how hospitals can help incentivise independent doctors, while working with a vendor, to achieve clinical integration. Electronically connecting hospitals and physicians provides more accurate and timely patient information and care.
The SynAPPs EHR system provides for confidential and comprehensive information to be shared securely between a patient’s health care team at Advocate Health Care facilities. The electronic prescribing, electronic ordering and electronic faxing features eliminate the need for paper, leading to enhanced security of patient information and reduced costs.
Additionally, the system allows patients to view test results, request and schedule appointments, request prescription refills, send secure electronic messages to their physician and view/print their electronic medical record from the privacy of their home, using the eClinicalWorks Patient Portal.
“This achievement is a testament to the dedication of our physician members and SynAPPs team to provide the best possible care to the patients we are privileged to serve throughout the Advocate Health Care system,” says Dana Gilbert, chief operating officer, APP. “The SynAPPs EHR system supports our focus of continually improving efficiency and care coordination across the continuum.”
“Advocate has been a great partner,” said Girish Navani, CEO and co-founder of eClinicalWorks. “This collaboration has delivered great success with quality improvement initiatives and has enriched information sharing between the hospital, independent physicians and patients via the Cloud to deliver better care.”
Formed as a care management collaboration with Advocate Health Care, APP brings together more than 4,000 physicians (approximately 900 employed and 3,100 independent) who are committed to improving health care quality, safety and outcomes for 230,000 HMO and 700,000 PPO patients across Chicagoland and Central Illinois.
About Advocate Physician Partners (APP)
APP (advocatehealth.com) brings together more than 4,000 physicians who are committed to improving health care quality, safety and outcomes for patients across Chicagoland and Central Illinois. Formed as a care management collaboration with Advocate Health Care, APP is a leader in population health management and has garnered wide-spread national recognition for its innovative clinical integration program. The comprehensive approach coordinates patient care across the continuum ensuring care is delivered at the right place and at the right time. This results in more efficiency, improved health outcomes and significant cost savings for patients.
APP also supports its physician members in managing the health of their practices with contracting, medical managements, electronic medical records and value added services including group health and dental insurance and preferred pricing on vaccines, medical surgical supplies and office supplies. For more information, please contact Mark Rosati, director of public affairs and marketing, Advocate Physician Partners at 847.699.4350 or Mark.Rosati[.]AdvocateHealth.com.
eClinicalWorks® (eclinicalworks.com) is a privately-held leader in ambulatory healthcare IT solutions. With more than 220,000 providers and 410,000 healthcare professionals across all 50 states using its solutions, customers include ACOs, physician practices, out-patient departments of hospitals, health centers, departments of health and convenient care clinics. Eight eClinicalWorks customers have received the prestigious HIMSS Davies Awards during the past five years, honoring excellence in electronic health record implementation. The company is the second largest vendor in the country for e-prescribing. Based in Westborough, Mass., eClinicalWorks has additional offices in New York City, Chicago, California and Georgia.