Blessing Health expands use of Allscripts to integrate records

Blessing Health System, a two-hospital delivery system with 307 beds in Quincy, Ill., is expanding its existing relationship with Allscripts as it seeks to create one single integrated clinical and financial patient record.

Blessing Health has worked with Allscripts for 15 years and currently uses six of its applications. Now, it will add the vendor’s ambulatory, financial manager, surgical care, wound care and mobility products, as well as smart pump integration in a bid to better support strategic initiatives.

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“Our goal is to create a single patient record,” says Lea Ann Eickelschulte, Blessing’s CIO. “We have had success with Allscripts and are building on our Sunrise platform to improve the efficiency of clinical operations and connect physicians to coordinate patient care for better outcomes and a healthier community.”

In addition to the hospitals, Blessing Health System includes a clinic, physician practices and Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing.

Other contracts announced in the past week include:

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Beacon Health Options and Empower Healthcare Solutions, an entity that serves high-need Medicaid enrollees in Arkansas with behavioral health and development disabilities, will receive health plan operations, care management and provider network services, as well as a population health management platform, from Evolent Health. Five provider organizations and Beacon Health collaborated to coordinate behavioral healthcare and long-term support services for thousands of Medicaid beneficiaries in Arkansas. Evolent will provide a range of services including health plan member and provider services, claims processing, provider data management, member and provider portals, analytics and utilization management.

Southeast Health, serving the Cape Girardeau region of Missouri, is using proximity-based security software from Imprivata to secure protected health information on shared workstations without disrupting clinical workflow. “We’re able to employ shorter timeouts to ensure security, knowing they will only be invoked when a workstation is unattended,” says Ashley Cole, director of information systems at Southeast Health.

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