Little Rock – August 2020
By connecting Ozark Pediatrics patients to the statewide HIE network, which will include bi-directional data exchange, health care referral providers participating in the network will have faster and more complete access to their patients’ most critical health information. The enhanced information access will improve patients’ care coordination, reduce treatment delays, eliminate unnecessary testing, and allow care providers to make more targeted diagnoses and treatment recommendations.
Additionally, SHARE will provide Ozark Pediatrics with data to enable enhanced clinical reporting that will improve population health analysis, patient outcomes and success with health care quality initiatives such as with Arkansas Children’s Care Network (ACCN), a statewide pediatric network, and medical home programs. “We are excited to begin leveraging SHARE’s services to enhance our care management processes and reduce costs associated with pediatric chronic conditions,” stated Jilana Johnson, Administrator at Ozark Pediatrics.
“We enthusiastically support SHARE’s vision of higher-quality, better-coordinated care for individuals living in northwest Arkansas," said Dr. Keever, Pediatrician at Ozark Pediatrics. “SHARE is an ambitious HIE in our state — they are implementing state-of-the-art technology that will significantly improve collaboration among providers in our area and our ACCN pediatric network. Ultimately, this will improve patient outcomes and reduce overall health care costs for everyone,” added Dr. Alexander.
Through SHARE’s secure electronic HIE network, Ozark Pediatrics’ doctors are now receiving laboratory results from hospitals, including Arkansas Children’s Northwest and specialist around the state without having to wait for faxes or other paper-based methods of communication. This is reducing patient wait times, helping doctors make faster and more accurate clinical decisions, and saving staff time previously spent tracking down patients’ medical records.
Additionally, SHARE currently receives high-level data – admission, discharge, and transfer summaries – for Arkansas patients and sends Ozark Pediatrics Clinic 24-hour daily reports when their patients have an ED and Inpatient Discharge from Arkansas Children’s Northwest, NW Health, Washington Regional, Baptist Health, UAMS Health, etc. SHARE also is alerting the clinic if any of their patients have a positive COVID-19 test result in daily reports.
In an emergency, being able to quickly access electronic patient medical information is also vital. Patients, who might be students or travelers new to the area, sometimes do not have a history with Ozark Pediatrics or nearby hospitals. So the doctors do not know if patients might have a medication allergy, for example. “When a patient shows up at our clinic and they don’t have a history with us, it’s best for their care if their health history is in a central place,” said Jilana Johnson, Administrator at Ozark Pediatrics. “Being connected to SHARE has completely changed the way we care for patients.”
About Ozark Pediatrics
At Ozark Pediatrics we treat every child as an individual and our dedicated staff works together, along with the patient and the parent, to maintain optimal physical, emotional, and mental health.
Dr. Keever is passionate about the quality of care for his patients. He has practiced at various locations in Northwest Arkansas since 2002 before opening his own private practice. Dr. Keever was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Washburn University. He then graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His experience includes pediatric leadership, flight surgeon, pediatric residency and working as a general Pediatrician. He enjoys playing guitar for relaxation and playing with his band at various venues throughout the Northwest Arkansas area.
Dr. Alexander was raised in Van Buren, Arkansas and graduated from Van Buren High School. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Tulsa in 1992 and graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with her MD degree in 1996. She completed her Pediatric Residency at the University of Virginia in 1999 and was in private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia for nine years. Dr. Alexander has been practicing Pediatrics locally since 2010. She is board certified in Pediatrics. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has three children. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and Razorback basketball.
At Ozark Pediatrics, our staff has the professional experience to realize that there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all cure, so we never use a one-size-fits-all approach to diagnosis.
Learn more: https://www.ozarkpediatrics.org/
About Arkansas Children’s Care Network
The Arkansas Children’s Care Network will fundamentally transform healthcare delivery for the children of Arkansas through a Clinically Integrated Network (CIN) comprised of health care professionals who provide coordinated and accountable pediatric care supported by a sustainable financial model. This network will improve quality, access, patient/family experience, and affordability of health care while also increasing physician engagement and satisfaction. ACCN will be the nation’s first statewide pediatric CIN, promoting collaboration among primary care and specialty providers who treat children across Arkansas. ACCN will enable its partners to work together in a clinically integrated manner, using common health protocols and pathways so that each child receives quality care at the most appropriate location.