eClinicalWorks, a leader in ambulatory healthcare IT solutions, today announces its free, electronic health record (EHR) vendor-neutral network, P2POpen, has exchanged one and a half million referrals between medical providers utilizing a variety of systems. Total communications to date is two million referrals, consults and messages for this network that ensures healthcare providers can connect with each other for patient care regardless of what EHR system is in use or if the practice is using paper records. The company has taken an additional step by receiving full accreditation as a health information service provider, or HISP, from EHNAC-DirectTrust for eClinicalWorks’ eClinicalDirect.
“As a primary care physician, I regularly collaborate with other providers regarding my patients,” said Dr. Bradley Block, of Block, Nation, Chase & Smolen Family Medicine from Oviedo, Fla. “Thanks to P2POpen, we are able to communicate with other providers using a fast, easy and secure platform in which we have built a very large community of providers. P2POpen has also provided us with a medical data sharing capability for maintaining and sharing accurate, reliable and consistent data on patients managed by multiple providers in separate, independent physician practices. For me, P2POpen does not just stand for ‘Peer to Peer’ Information Sharing, but should also be known as ‘Peer = Peer’.”
In order to maximize investments in electronic health records, pertinent information related to patient care needs to be exchanged regardless of the system used. A lack of interoperability is a significant barrier to patient satisfaction and improving patient care. To that end, eClinicalWorks has been pursing multiple avenues to ensure interoperability in several formats. eClinicalWorks P2POpen network is an open peer to peer network of 84,000 providers, 1 in 5 of whom are using a different EHR system than eClinicalWorks, that share relevant information between providers regardless of the system they are using. This system-neutral solution allows the open, electronic transfer of records between any healthcare provider.
Separately, DirectTrust, a non-profit healthcare industry alliance that advances secure and trusted heath information exchange by the Direct Protocol, has awarded eClinicalDirect full accreditation in the EHNAC-DirectTrust Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program (DTAAP).
“We believe that optimal physician collaboration is central to improving the overall quality of patient care,” said Girish Navani, CEO and co-founder of eClinicalWorks. “Communication between EHRs aids the delivery of care and advances the industry as a whole. It is great to see how welcoming providers have been to P2POpen as a means to exchange information with their peers. We are also excited to be a part of DirectTrust and help move the industry forward.”
P2POpen supports national standards and makes interoperability affordable. Members that Join the Network are able to:
- Easily find and connect with providers;
- Send electronic referrals to other providers along with demographic and insurance information, saving time and reducing errors;
- Transmit patient records with attachments, including progress notes, lab results, medical summary and patient scanned documents;
- Automatically receive recommended providers in the area;
- Find providers using a member-specified radius and specialty; and
- Build personal address book.
eClinicalWorks® is a privately-held leader in ambulatory healthcare IT solutions. With physicians across all 50 states using its solutions, customers include ACOs, physician practices, out-patient departments of hospitals, health centers, departments of health and convenient care clinics. Thirteen eClinicalWorks customers have received the prestigious HIMSS Davies Awards during the past eight years, honoring excellence in electronic health record implementation. The company is second largest in the country for e-prescribing. Based in Westborough, Mass., eClinicalWorks has additional offices in New York City, Chicago, California and Georgia. For more information, please visit www.eclinicalworks.com, Facebook, Twitter or call 866-888-6929.