Why Web Ambulatory is the Choice for PCMHs

Find out what has physicians at Broadlawns Medical Center clamoring for MEDITECH 6.1.


A MEDITECH customer for over ten years, Broadlawns Medical Center (Des Moines, IA) plans to upgrade their current Client/Server system to the 6.1 EHR platform.

With a staff that includes 80 physicians and 25 clinics, the hospital is recognized as a distinguished Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH), having earned this distinction from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). As a PCMH, Broadlawns will benefit from system upgrades that include both the Web Ambulatory and Critical Care components of the EHR, offering new, sophisticated tools to the physicians and nurses at the hospital and clinics.

“The feedback we received was that our providers liked what they saw in the Web Ambulatory EHR. The first thing that struck them was seeing all of the patient data displayed on one screen as part of the Patient Summary Chart,” says Kyle Hansen, Information Technology Director at Broadlawns. “And the widgets were a big hit. They want to choose the components of the chart they use frequently on one screen without having to click throughout the chart, and with the widgets provided within the Web Ambulatory solution they will be able to do that.”

The acute care, community hospital also has a reputation for being ahead of the curve when it comes to interoperability. As a key member of the Iowa Health Information Network (IHIN), their data exchange practices are well-known as the “gold-standard” in the state for providing same day patient records. Now, they’re helping other hospitals across the region by showing them how to utilize the IHIN effectively in their care processes, too.

“With MEDITECH, we send patient transactions out to the IHIN and also consume data which is used to build care lists,” says Hansen. “Our care coordinators can collaborate with other organizations the same day that a patient is seen at another organization, which in the past was rare. We expect the capabilities of the 6.1 EHR to make the interoperability workflow even easier for our care teams by having interactive lists available directly within the EHR.”

Broadlawns is dedicated to providing a patient-centered culture that results in better outcomes and happier, healthier patients. Identified as a Most Wired Hospital by H&HN for five consecutive years, they certainly know how to leverage technology to help make that happen.

“We’ve had a great relationship with MEDITECH over the past ten years, and we’re excited to move forward,” says Hansen. ”When we evaluated the 6.1 Web EHR, we had more than 40 providers attend the demonstrations, and the most common comment we heard was ‘How soon can we get it?’”

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