Day Kimball Healthcare utilizes IT to improve patient care, outcomes

Source: Healthcare IT News

Day Kimball Healthcare has deployed athenahealth’s electronic health record service, athenaClinicals, as part of a new clinical connectivity platform designed to improve care and outcomes for patients across its healthcare system.

athenaClinicals, paired with athenahealth’s revenue cycle management service, athenaCollector, is expected to play a critical role in Day Kimball Healthcare’s physicians’ ability to successfully demonstrate meaningful use of an electronic health record system to participate in the HITECH Act incentives programs.

Day Kimball Healthcare is a non-profit, fully integrated healthcare delivery organization with over 1,000 employees and a network of more than 200 physicians serving Northeast Connecticut as well as many nearby Massachusetts and Rhode Island communities. Its service divisions include Day Kimball Hospital, four Day Kimball Healthcare Centers, Day Kimball HomeCare, Hospice & Palliative Care of Northeastern Connecticut, Day Kimball HomeMakers and Physician Services of Northeast Connecticut.

“athenaClinicals will play a major role in our organization’s ability to better connect our healthcare centers and area providers in order to achieve operational integration and care coordination. This leads to better patient care for our growing network,” said Robert Smanik, FACHE, President and CEO of Day Kimball Healthcare.

Day Kimball Healthcare is in the process of implementing an automation strategy that includes expanding clinical documentation for inpatient and outpatient areas as well as providing for online documentation of medication administration. Interoperability of these systems initiatives, including athenaClinicals, is expected to allow for enhanced communication of patient status and plan of care, thus improving overall quality of care.