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Grove Medical Associates Selected as HIMSS Ambulatory Davies Award Recipient

May 12, 2015
by Rajiv Leventhal
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The Auburn, Mass.-based Grove Medical Associates has been named a 2015 HIMSS Ambulatory Davies Award recipient by the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

Grove Medical Associates (GMA) is an internal medicine practice serving Worcester County in Massachusetts and is affiliated with the Central Massachusetts Independent Physicians Association (CMIPA). GMAs four board certified internal medicine physicians, a physician’s assistant, a certified nutritionist, registered nurses, medical assistants and administrative support staff serves a diverse patient population of over 6,500 people.

Since 1994, the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence has recognized outstanding achievement of organizations that have utilized health information technology to substantially improve patient outcomes while achieving return on investment.

In 2005, Grove Medical Associates implemented eClinicalWorks’ electronic medical record (EMR) as a unified practice management and EMR solution to help improve the quality of patient care, streamline workflow and generate a return on investment (ROI), resulting in a 315 percent ROI, according to a press release announcement from the vendor.

“As the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and private payers transition to payment for value reimbursement models, small ambulatory practices often struggle to meet compliance requirements while improving care quality,” Jonathan French, director of quality and patient safety at HIMSS, said in a statement. “Grove Medical Associates leveraged the data generated by information technology to demonstrate to providers that adherence to EHR-enabled best practice protocols resulted in better care. GMA interfaces to access hospital data to track patient outcomes and utilizes dashboards throughout their practice to track best practice adherence. The alignment of technology, people, and process at Grove Medical Associates has resulted in improved care for their patients.  The Davies Committee and HIMSS congratulate the team members of Grove Medical Associates on improving the health outcomes of their patient population through the effective use of health IT.”

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