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SHARE and Access Medical Clinic Partner to Improve Interoperability throughout Rural Arkansas

Tue, 04/14/2020 - 08:30 -- Whitney Mayo

Better Interoperability for Better Healthcare

April 2020 --Little Rock, Arkansas        

The Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT), a division of the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) that oversees the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) announce that Access Medical Clinic (25+) rural health clinics (RHC’s) are now using SHARE, one of the country’s most robust health information exchanges (HIE). Access Medical Clinic care teams to include a team of physicians, family nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and other healthcare providers and support staff are now accessing clinical information across participating entities for patients who have authorized sharing their medical information. This allows them to have accurate and recent results for their patients that range from children to adults.  In addition, Access Medical Clinics are conducting COVID-19 testing on patients throughout rural Arkansas.

“Securely sharing health data across systems and regions is an important step in providing high-quality, low-cost healthcare,” said Dr. Bradley Bibb MD, CEO. “This link between SHARE and Access Medical Clinics provides a vital connection to health data for all patients throughout rural Arkansas.”

Accessing patient information through this secure exchange allows the clinics significant access to better coordination with hospitals, specialist and referral partners outside their network across the State to see a more robust picture of their patients’ medical histories, engendering efficient and safe continuity of care.  The SHARE 24-hour daily reports also alert the Access Medical Clinic care team’s when patients are admitted and discharged from the emergency department and inpatient discharged in real-time. This allows for follow-up to occur within 72 hours of a patient being discharged, assisting the clinics in meeting value-based quality metrics.

In Arkansas, where many large and small health systems use disparate EHR systems, including throughout  rural communities in Arkansas, this is a particularly important milestone because the single interface to SHARE will allow clinical staff to access laboratory results, radiology reports, progress notes, discharge summaries from outside hospitals and specialty clinics in their Athena EHR System. The care team can also now view the following patient data through SHARE’s and Athena interface, while also accessing historical patient health information through the SHARE Virtual Health Record (VHR) to include:

  • Admission, Discharge and Transfer Data
  • Demographic, Insurance, and Past Provider Information
  • Allergies, Problems, Medications, Vitals, Social History
  • Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports, Pathology Reports
  • Discharge Summaries, Continuity of Care Documents and Progress Notes

“This collaboration between Access Medical Clinics and SHARE ensures caregivers across rural Arkansas have access to accurate and timely information, including laboratory results and clinical care summaries, regardless of their location or the system they use to manage clinical medical records.” Skip Carter, COO, Access Medical Clinic

About Access Medical Clinic

Access Medical Clinic is a leading family practice providing a complete complement of care and treatment options for patients throughout Arkansas. With its dedicated team of physicians, family nurse practitioners, Physician Assistants, nurses and other healthcare providers and support staff, Access Medical Clinic is committed to helping every member of your family stay as healthy as possible at every age and every stage of life.

The clinics offers an array of medical care services, including routine and school physicals and other preventive care services, Medicare annual wellness visits, DOT physicals, pediatric well visits, women’s health visits, sports physicals, immunizations including flu and pneumonia vaccines, treatments of illnesses and injuries, and health screenings aimed at preventing disease. In addition, the clinic features an on-site laboratory for testing that’s both convenient and thorough. Walk-in visits for urgent care needs are also welcome.

Every member of the Access Medical Clinic team provides individualized care based on each patient’s unique medical needs and lifestyle factors, including age, for optimal health and wellness in patients of all ages, including pediatric patients and seniors. The clinic is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to provide the highest level of care in a relaxing, patient-centered environment.

Access Medical Clinic offers several convenient locations to serve both new and established patients and accepts most major insurance plans.