The West Virginia hospital launched its web-based MEDITECH EHR system after nearly six months of preparation.
West Virginia-based Williamson Memorial Hospital successfully transitioned to a private, cloud-based MEDITECH EHR solution as part of an effort to improve clinical efficiency and boost the quality of patient care.
Williamson will utilize the MEDITECH as a Service (MaaS) subscription model to deploy the system. The deployment model relieves Williamson of the responsibilities associated with upgrading and maintaining the system. MEDITECH will handle upgrades and maintenance as necessary.
The MaaS subscription offering also includes health IT tools and EHR functionality designed to support physicians and nurses, health data exchange, patient access to health data, revenue cycle management, and clinical decision support.
“Williamson Memorial Hospital decided to partner with MEDITECH and use MaaS because it allows all of our hospital portals and systems to be stored in one central location,” Williamson Memorial Hospital CEO Charlie Hatfield told reporters at Williamson Daily News.
“Every department at Williamson Memorial will have access to each patient and be able to look up the necessary files in any situation. With MaaS being operated by MEDITECH, it will take much of the stress off of our IT Department,” added Hatfield.
Williamson first made the decision to implement MEDITECH’s MaaS offering in January 2019.
“MEDITECH prides itself on truly making a difference in the lives of the healthcare professionals and patient populations it serves,” said MEDITECH Executive Vice President Helen Waters. “To be able to provide contemporary, clinically innovative EHR tools to all of our customers, regardless of size or revenue, is beyond rewarding.”
Williamson will utilize MEDITECH’S Expanse EHR solution. The solution will enable an increase in organizational efficiency and allow providers to focus more of their attention on patient care delivery.
The solution is also specifically designed to be cost-effective. The affordable subscription rate is uniquely suited for smaller healthcare organizations, such as critical access hospitals, that do not have the financial resources to invest heavily in health IT updates or tools.
In April, MEDITECH extended its web-based EHR subscription service to community health systems as well as CAHs.
“We are so excited to extend this offering to our customers and prospects beyond the CAH space,” said MEDITECH President and CEO Howard Messing. “We understand that the focus should be on the patient, on providing quality care — not on IT. MaaS empowers organizations to maintain that focus.”
MEDITECH developed MaaS to streamline the EHR implementation process for providers. Community health systems will be able to go live with Expanse using healthcare industry best practices in an accelerated time frame.
The health IT company engages a hands-on approach to the implementation process to facilitate efficient end-user EHR training and EHR optimization. By using a remotely-hosted data center, community health systems will avoid the costs associated with maintaining their own in-house EHR system.
“MaaS represents a meaningful step in driving EHR access and adoption for organizations of all sizes,” said Helen Waters, Executive Vice President at MEDITECH. “The cloud-based EHR subscription service equips organizations with the technology needed to improve organizational efficiency and ensure quality patient care.”
Community health systems will also be able to leverage MEDITECH Expanse’s interoperability capabilities to streamline health data exchange between different health systems, providers, and care settings.
Date: June 10, 2019
Source: EHR Intelligence