To automate everyday clinical tasks and enhance the quality of patient care they deliver, for the first time DCOM is implementing an Electronic Health Record for upgrading their current practice management solution. The Allscripts EHR compliments the 33-year-old practice’s use of sophisticated in-house diagnostic equipment and takes its commitment to patient service to the next level said Chief Operating Officer Shawn Foley.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which offers up to $44,000 in incentives for physicians who adopt an EHR in 2011, provided the motivation for Foley’s team who had been searching for an Electronic Health Record for many years.

Some people initially took a wait-and-see approach to the incentives, but it has become increasingly clear that you need to get the implementation underway now to maximize the opportunity, said Foley, referring to the gradual phase-down of ARRA funding. That said, the real stimulus is the cost savings from eliminating paper and providing a more streamlined workflow for our clinicians. That leads to better patient care, which is our number one priority.

Our doctors are excited about using Allscripts because it will allow them to spend more time with patients, give them better access to patient information when and where they need it, and we think it will also contribute to better patient outcomes, said Dr. Conger, D.O., Chief Executive Officer of DCOM.

Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts, commented, Diagnostic Center of Medicine has a well-deserved reputation for leveraging the latest technology to provide the highest level of quality and become more efficient. We’re proud that they’ve selected Allscripts to deliver on that critical mission.

The Allscripts Electronic Health Record and Practice Management solution is easily deployed. It automates everyday clinical tasks and connects physicians to pharmacies, laboratories and other healthcare stakeholders, providing instant and secure access to the complete patient record anytime and anywhere. The Practice Management solution with its user-friendly interface and extensible design improves the productivity of administrative staff, simplifies patient record keeping, streamlines billing and enhances the cash flow.