The strategic agreement between the health system and Allscripts is expected to support UH’ development of its Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model through which physicians and hospitals work together to coordinate patient care, improve quality and share in cost savings.

Under the agreement, UH will deploy the Allscripts Electronic Health Record (EHR) to all multi-specialty physicians across Northeast Ohio, and provide an exclusive endorsement of Allscripts EHR for independent physicians affiliated with the health system’s 10 hospitals in Northeastern Ohio.

Additionally, UH will also expand its deployment of the Sunrise Enterprise suite of acute care solutions at the new UH Ahuja Medical Center, and upgrade existing Sunrise deployments in seven other hospitals.

The health system will utilize the Allscripts Community Solution to provide a unified patient record that can be shared by UH-employed caregivers and independent physicians, regardless of whether they use an Allscripts Electronic Health Record or an EHR from another company.

UH health system chief information officer Mary Alice Annecharico said this agreement expands thier investment in the health of their communities with a single enterprise-wide clinical record and a secure method of collaborating with independent physicians for a team approach to patient care.