Satilla Health Services Selects Cerner Ambulatory EMR/EHR
as the Physician Practice Electronic Medical Record Solution

Cerner Powerworks

Satilla Health Services is excited to announce the implementation of Cerner Ambulatory EMR/EHR.  Satilla physicians will be able to create a medical home for their patients especially those with chronic diseases. The Ambulatory EMR/EHR solution presents appropriate, evidence-based clinical knowledge to the appropriate clinical user at the appropriate point in time, positively supporting clinical decisions at the point of care.  Just a few of the features that will be available are:

·         Submitting Immunizations with Ease-With Cerner Ambulatory EMR/EHR, physicians can simply download their immunization data and upload to the state immunization registry in a few simple clicks.

·         Accountable Care Organizations-Cerner can partner with Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to collaborate and provide holistic information access about a patient, improving patient outcomes.

·         Application Service Provider model-Cerner offers multiple delivery options for the Ambulatory EMR solution: Application Service Provider (ASP) model, remote-hosting and client-hosting.  Satilla has chosen the ASP model for our physician practices.  Through this model the data is hosted at Cerner’s state-of-the-art data center and provides all maintenance, upgrades, support and training for the solutions. The ASP model, which is ranked #1 by KLAS, allows Satilla clinicians to access solutions anywhere through a high-speed Internet connection.

·         Supports more than 30 specialties-Specialties available in the Ambulatory EMR include, but are not limited to: Allergy/Immunology, Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Family Practice, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Gynecology, Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Otolaryngology (ENT), Pain Management, Pediatrics, Podiatry, Physical Therapy/ Occupational Therapy, Pulmonology/ Sleep Med, Rheumatology, Sports Medicine, Urology, Vascular Surgery, Hematology, and Nephrology.

·         Quality measures readily available-With Cerner’s Ambulatory EMR/EHR, Satilla will automatically gain access to a set of reports that can be used in reporting outcomes for Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) measures.

·         Transition to a full EHR-Satilla and Cerner are committed to helping physicians enter the path to automation through ePrescribe solutions and other ARRA requirements for meaningful use.

·         Patient Portal-The patient portal available with Cerner’s Ambulatory EMR/EHR connects patients with the practice, improving efficiency for both the practice and customer service.  With the Patient Portal, patients can manage their healthcare outside of the traditional office visit. This solution not only eases communication with people seeking healthcare, but it also enhances care and improves patient safety by providing people with a centralized repository for storing health information for themselves and their families.  Cerner’s Patient Portal provides our practices with:

- A HIPAA-compliant method to relay private information to consumers.
- Increased safety and quality by allowing patients to confirm documented allergies, immunizations and medications.

We at Satilla are excited about Cerner’s Ambulatory EMR/EHR solution and look forward to the tremendous advantages it offers our clinicians in the continued delivery of quality heath care to our patients.  The implementation process will begin in October with a projected phased “go live” in February of 2012.

Taking Advantage of ARRA

CaduceusOn February 17, 2009 President Barack Obama signed The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) into law. ARRA is a $787 billion stimulus package with over $150 billion in spending on the nation’s infrastructure, with 24% committed to new federal spending, 38% for tax cuts and the remaining 38% for aid to states, school districts, communities and other entities. It is intended to create over 3.5 million jobs, with heavy investments in science, energy, healthcare, and technology. Of the $787 billion, more than $180 billion has been set aside for healthcare-related spending, with a significant portion of those funds aimed at improving the nation’s health information technology (HIT). For more information on ARRA and how you can take advantage of its offerings, refer to the documents section of this site.

The meaningful use requirements in the first payment year are always Stage 1 requirements. However, eligible providers who do commence meaningful use in before 2013 will be permitted to remain at Stage 1 for two years; whereas, providers who do not begin meaningful use until 2013 will need to achieve Stage 2 by 2014. Providers who do not achieve meaningful use until 2014 (at Stage 1) will be required to achieve Stage 3 in 2015.All providers must be at Stage 3 meaningful use by 2015 or have their Medicare reimbursement cut. CMS has indicated that there may be levels of meaningful use beyond Stage 3 that may be required in 2015, and beyond. Congress has directed that meaningful use shall continue to be updated.

Satilla and the ARRA

orb Satilla Health Services, Inc. is agressively planning to meet the criteria laid out in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. In 2010, Satilla moved to Meditech's 5.6 version software for our HCIS solution. The update went live September 23, 2010. This version already meets the CCHIT certification guidelines and is certified by CCHIT. Following close behind this major upgrade is the implementation of Scanning and Archiving (SCA). SCA went live on December 1, 2010, and it brings us one step closer to having a full EHR. Scanned documents will be included within Meditech's EMR allowing physicians access to all patient care information within one system.
In 2011, CPOE will be introduced to Satilla. Meditech's Physician Care Module (PCM) solution has been chosen to provide CPOE. PCM is tightly integrated with Meditech. We believe that PCM will greatly assist physicians in giving care and promote better patient safety. PCM will also include a physician's desktop, EMR optimization, pocket PC viewing, ambulatory order management, and physician documentation.