Availity and Greenway Apply Interoperability to Improve Health Care Delivery

Summaries of patients’ clinical histories integrate with EHRs for ready access to details at point of care.

Integration streamlines quality reporting for Florida physicians, and improves care coordination for members.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Health information network Availity and ambulatory information solutions company Greenway Medical Technologies have joined in a project with Florida’s largest health insurer, Florida Blue, to enable physicians to exchange clinical and patient care summaries with the health plan through electronic health records (EHR) software, which then makes patient-specific clinical information accessible at the point of care. The companies are working together to foster collaborative coordinated care for all Florida residents.

Delivering patient history and care reminders within the clinical workflow enables physicians and other clinicians to make better-informed care decisions by helping them to understand a patient’s history; eliminate duplicate or unnecessary services; and identify other treating providers.

As part of the project, physicians using the Greenway PrimeSUITE EHR will see up to two years of patient care history sourced from Florida Blue, presented in the EHR workflow by way of integration with Availity’s patient care summary and encounter summary. Proactively presenting this information gives physicians a more holistic view of the patient’s medical history, at an opportune time in the patient encounter.

Additionally, physicians can automate the exchange of important clinical data back to the health plan for quality improvement reporting. Two-way integration at the EHR level reduces phone, fax and paper exchanges between providers and health plans, while simultaneously improving care and reducing costs.

Russ Thomas, CEO of Availity says, “Availity helps health care businesses remain healthy by meeting the information workflow demands faced by health plans, hospitals and physician practices. Ensuring information flows seamlessly among all stakeholders, when and where it is needed most, is critically important in this changing environment. Together with Greenway, we are applying creative solutions to help physicians become more comfortable with clinical measures being used in new reform-driven care delivery models, and to help their patients become more aware of the positive effects of coordinated care. This project is one more example of the kind of collaboration that we’re fostering to drive sustainable innovation in health care delivery.”

“As a leading EHR provider with a strong presence in Florida, Greenway has the trusted physician desktop access and technology infrastructure to integrate with cutting-edge applications like Availity’s,” said Greenway chief operating officer Greg Schulenburg. “We’re innovative and flexible in integration, and nimble in rolling out new programs quickly and with minimal disruption–which means physicians will get the business benefits quickly and easily.”

In 2012, Greenway Medical Technologies announced its early adoption of Availity’s expanded clinical documentation capabilities, and is showcasing this project as the first widespread example of how collaborative care can directly benefit physicians and patients. The project will continue throughout 2013.

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