Allscripts-Misys Healthcare Solutions, Inc. (Allscripts) has signed a strategic agreement with West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) naming Allscripts as WPAHS's preferred provider of clinical IT solutions across its network of hospitals and owned physician practices. As part of the agreement, WPAHS will expand its current deployment of the Allscripts Electronic Health Record from 165 physicians to all 645 of the health system's employed physicians.
Additionally, Alle-Kiski Medical Center in Natrona Heights will implement the Allscripts Emergency Department Information System to automate administrative and patient care processes at both its main campus and its affiliated Citizens Ambulatory Care Center in New Kensington, Pennsylvania. WPAHS also will implement the Allscripts discharge planning solution in five hospitals to streamline and automate the process of referring discharged patients to post-acute facilities for further treatment. And the health system will deploy the Allscripts patient portal, providing patients an online portal to communicate with their providers.
As part of this strategic enterprise agreement, WPAHS has agreed to give first preference to the entire Allscripts solutions portfolio.
In addition to providing the core Electronic Health Record to its physicians, WPAHS will provide view-only access to key parts of the Electronic Health Record for all employed caregivers in the system’s hospitals. That functionality ensures that hospital caregivers will have access to the medication history, health issues, allergies and other critical information about patients admitted to the hospital by the primary & specialty care groups.
WPAHS also will implement the web-based Allscripts discharge planning solution, a “software-as-a-service” application that eliminates the cumbersome and costly process of case managers manually phoning and faxing to secure post-acute care services one provider at a time.