New York-based Columbia University Medical Center has selected Chicago-based Allscripts as its electronic health record provider for the organization's outpatient physician group and planned community-based independent practice association.
The Web-based EHR aims to automate prescribing medications and documenting patient visits, while electronically connecting Columbia's 2,200 physicians with residents and support staff. The Allscripts iHealth module provides an online PHR service that Columbia patients can use to schedule appointments, access treatment adherence programs, and arrange online consultations with their clinician, according to Allscripts.
In addition to using the EHR primarily for physician outpatient offices, Allscripts will interface to the New York Presbyterian Hospital inpatient clinical information system. This will enable physicians and staff in Columbia's faculty practice to have access to clinical information on each patient including the medication history, problem list, allergies, and hospital notes, the vendor states. Plans also include integrating the Allscripts solution with other critical information systems across the medical center, in physician offices and in outpatient clinics.
Implementation of the system is scheduled to begin in 2008.