English | Español

SHARE Integrates with Arkansas Family Care Network Clinics for Enhanced Interoperability to Provide Advanced Care

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 09:53 -- Whitney Mayo

Little Rock, AR--September 2020

“Arkansas Family Care Network of clinics are excited to be a part of the SHARE network. Their vast health information exchange network allows the networks’ patients to connect with the resources that they need,” says Terrah Patton, Director, Information Systems, EngageMED. “Our mission at EngageMED is to provide innovative, value-based practice management and revenue cycle services to providers we engage.  To reach excellence in everything we do, EngageMED's foundation revolves around four core values which SHARE is assisting our clinics meet.”

“SHARE also allows Arkansas Family Care Network of clinics to meet patient centered medical homes (PCMH) programs and our integrated network stronger as we track high-priority patients, following up with patients within 10 days and knowing high utilizers of the emergency department, whether it is at Saline Memorial Health System, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Conway Regional Health System, CHI St. Vincent, UAMS Health or Baptist Health ”, added Terrah Patton.  

In Arkansas, where many large and small health systems use disparate EHR systems, including Central Arkansas, this is a particularly important milestone because the single interface to SHARE will allow providers the clinic locations and staff to access laboratory results, radiology reports, progress notes, discharge summaries from outside hospitals and specialty clinics. The clinics referral network care teams can now also view the patient data, as data is flowing from Allscripts interface to SHARE in real-time. Also, access to real-time and historical patient health information through the SHARE Virtual Health Record (VHR) includes:

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

SHARE provides all seven clinic locations with near real-time clinical data such as hospital admissions and discharges, allergies, medications, lab results, diagnostic results, and procedures from acute care hospitals and more than 1,000 non- Arkansas Family Care Network clinics.

“Arkansas Family Care Network clinics is a strategic partner in the SHARE network dedicated to improving care management and business operations,” said Anne Santifer, Director of Office of Health Information Technology. “Arkansas Family Care Network clinic’s trusts and relies on our secure data exchange to enhance its population health reporting and improve outcomes at the community level.”

###

A strong primary care infrastructure is an essential part of the effective delivery of quality, patient-centered healthcare in the United States.

As an example, primary care physicians provide 52 percent of all ambulatory care visits, 80 percent of patient visits for hypertension and 69 percent of visits for both chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes. These figures only serve to accentuate the hallmarks of primary care medicine — first contact care, continuity of care, comprehensive care and coordinated care — and reinforce the importance of a strong, viable primary care network.

Unfortunately, many primary care physicians today find themselves spending more time with management issues than with patients and are unable to enjoy the quality of practice life they so desire.

Simply put, administrative burdens are unnecessarily limiting many physicians’ ability to provide quality patient care and at the same time meet an increasing demand for time for family and personal life.

We believe the answer is the Arkansas Family Care Network.

AFCN is a group of associated, yet independent medical practices that share a common direction, billing and collections, employee administration, electronic medical records and financial data through a single management company staffed with some of the nation’s most outstanding healthcare administration professionals.

And although we share much in common, we also stress independence. AFCN physicians are not told what to do and when to do it. By associating with an independent network, you will remain in control of your own practice, yet can exchange practice enhancement ideas with other like-minded physicians.

Utilizing the management services provided by AFCN will allow you to concentrate on the physician-patient relationship and spend more worry-free time with family and friends away from the office, resulting in a better quality of life both in and out of the clinic setting.