The Sharp Community Medical Group has gone live with its electronic health record system, called SCMG CONNECT.
Deryl Adderson, MD, and nurse practitioner Robin Crabtree have been using the SCMG CONNECT practice management system since last year. Theirs is the first practice in San Diego-based SCMG to have the fully integrated EHR/PM system up and running.
The Sharp Community Medical Group network includes more than 600 primary care and specialty physicians who provide care to more than 150,000 patients.
SCMG CONNECT automates and connects clinical and administrative processes for SCMG physicians. The system creates a shared single medical record for each patient – even if seen by many different physicians – and allows physicians to access patient information where and when they need it, say SCMG executives.
In addition, it provides electronic prescribing, making physicians eligible for Medicare's e-prescribing incentives.
SCMG CONNECT currently meets the requirements of the EHR and Health Information Technology provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which will provide up to $44,000 per physician for meaningful use of an EHR beginning in 2011.
"This is a watershed moment for SCMG," said John Jenrette, MD, SCMG's CEO. "The process began over three years ago when the board of directors made a commitment to the physicians of SCMG to implement an electronic medical record system. We are extremely pleased and excited that the physicians of SCMG have a system that is truly state-of-the art, and that will improve patient care and enable physicians to be more efficient in the practice of medicine."