Patient-centered medical home model in the wings for Trinity Health providers

Trinity Health has acquired several electronic health record and enterprise practice management licenses to help its member providers adopt a patient-centered medical home model of care.

The Novi, Mich.-based network has purchased 1,200 bundled EHR and PM software licenses that will be distributed to its 44 acute care hosptials, 379 out patient facilities, 33 long-term care facilities and affiliated home health and hospice programs.

The licenses, acquired from Hrahsam, Pa.-based NextGen Healthcare Information Sytems, Inc., a subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc., will be added to a previous purchase of PM licenses made in 2006, said Trinity Health officials.

Grace Miller, director of physician office services, said the software is expected to provide integration capabilities to help member providers achieve various goals, including the adoption of the patient-centered medical home model.

The EHR/PM solution, said NextGen officials, includes clinical templates and workflow for more than 25 specialties and provides documentation storing in a standard format. NextGen officials said version 5.6 of the EHR/EPM solution was recently named a pre-market conditionally certified 2011 Ambulatory EHR by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT).

With the roll-out, Trinity Health officials want to centralize appointment scheduling, billing and collection processes as well as improve care at affiliate providers.

“Trinity Health’s efforts to enhance patient care and put physicians on the right track toward meeting meaningful use criteria are commendable,” said Philip Kaplan, COO for Quality Systems. “We look forward to expanding our relationship with Trinity Health during this exciting time in healthcare IT.”

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