Philadelphia plans preventative-care EHR for Public Health

By Government Health IT Staff
09:52 AM

The City of Philadelphia has tapped eClinicalWorks to help improve the continuity of care for the city’s Department of Public Health. The Westborough, Mass.-based company will outfit 230 providers across 20 primary care and correctional clinics with a preventative-care oriented EHR to improve the quality of care through reporting capabilities and the ability to share data between facilities.
“As a provider of health care services, we must meet ARRA/HITECH federal requirements,” said Donald Schwarz, MD, Philadelphia's deputy mayor and commissioner for public health. Schwarz adds that the software suite could help "establish an innovative electronic health record that will support the integration of health services provided by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and the Philadelphia Prison System."

He added that "the single, unified health record will enhance providers’ ability to access and share complete and accurate information, improve the coordination of care for patients, families and other providers.”

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Philadelphia’s Department of Public Health and the Philadelphia Prison System will utilize eClinicalWorks comprehensive electronic health records (EHR) solution for its clinics, combining electronic medical records, practice management, patient portal, interoperability, mobile and messaging capabilities— all unified and linked via a single database.

In addition, eClinicalWorks Electronic Health eXchange (eEHX) will serve as a hub providing physicians with improved access to patients’ health information and allowing them to exchange data more effectively, with each other and eventually connecting to health department registries, including those for smoking and vaccines.

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Girish Kumar Navani, CEO and co-founder of eClinicalWork, claimed in a prepared statement that "the City of Philadelphia is embarking on a groundbreaking initiative that will lay the foundation for future projects."