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Best Start Pediatrics in Northwest Arkansas partners with SHARE

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 08:00 -- Whitney Mayo

Little Rock, Arkansas – September 2019 Best Start Pediatric Clinic in Springdale, Arkansas has joined the only statewide health information exchange (HIE). Best Start Pediatric Clinic is part of the continued connection of independent pediatric practices to join the SHARE network.

Best Start Pediatrics is providing high quality, patient-centered care to include; prenatal care, newborn and infant care, children and adolescent care, same day visits, after hours care and non-emergent questions. Access to SHARE will give their care team secure access to important health information such as, continuity of care documents (CCDs), laboratory results, updated patient records, discharge summaries, medication histories and demographic information. This ensures every care provider in a patient’s chain of care has consistent and current information, and that their health records are more secure and accessible.

Through this connection to SHARE, Best Start Pediatrics Care Team will have a holistic view of a patient’s health results at the point of care. They will have access to 24 Hour Daily Reports on Arkansas Medicaid Patients when patients are admitted/discharged from emergency room and inpatient discharges. They will also have access to the SHARE Virtual Health Record enabling more accurate diagnoses, faster and more effective treatment, and better outcomes for the patient.

Best Start Pediatrics is also part of the Arkansas Children’s Care Network (ACCN) that is the nation’s first statewide pediatric Clinically Integrated Network (CIN) to help measurably elevate the quality of health care for kids in Arkansas, which SHARE also partners. This selective physician-led partnership of providers collaborate to deliver evidence-based care, improve quality, efficiency, coordination of care, and demonstrate value to the market.

The clinic will also begin sharing data through an interface with eCW electronic medical record (EMR) system, which features a robust patient query and response functionality that will allow the providers to quickly access patient health data from hospitals, physician practices, state health systems and more. This includes records such as medical history, previous diagnoses, lab tests, medications, continuity of care documents (CCDs), immunizations, vitals and allergies. Additionally, SHARE provides access to 24-hour daily reports notifying the pediatric clinic providers and care coordinators when their Arkansas Medicaid patients are admitted and discharged from the emergency department and inpatient discharges.

As the health care landscape continues to transform, HIEs continue to play a key role in providing data that fuels innovation. SHARE and Best Start Pediatrics are working together to contribute to these innovation efforts such as population health initiatives, assisting with high-risk patients and identifying potential social determinants of health.

About Best Start Pediatrics

They welcome the chance to meet expecting parents.  They offer a free visit to their clinic with an opportunity to sit down one on one with Dr. Averitt and ask questions.  These visits usually last 10-15 minutes.  They typically schedule them first thing in the afternoon before the clinic gets busy with afternoon appointments.  Most prospective parents come in to meet them during their third trimester, but anytime during pregnancy is fine.  They are also happy to meet with parents who are adopting.  This is a great opportunity to locate the clinic, meet the staff, ask your questions, pick up new patient paperwork and make sure Best Start Pediatrics is a good fit for families.

At a patient’s first visit they will be gathering information about the pregnancy, delivery, family and social circumstances, and addressing the patient’s concerns.  They will be assessing baby’s weight and hydration and checking for jaundice.  They are very supportive of parent’s feeding plan and hope to help them successfully breast feed.

During infancy they will see the parents and baby for several regular visits.  They have a schedule of well checkups that will allows the clinic to make sure the baby is growing and developing well.  These occur at intervals that correlate with the vaccine schedule so that vaccines can be provided at these visits when indicated.  They understand that vaccinations can create lots of anxiety for patients and their families.  Their providers are very knowledgeable about vaccines and are happy to discuss any concerns the parents may have. 

It is their goal to make sure every child will receive the necessary services to have a full and healthy life.

Their Address: 5203 Willow Creek Drive Suite 2   Springdale, Arkansas 72762

Find out more here: www.keepingyourkidshealthy.com