Potomac Physicians P.A. Selected to Present Educational Session at HIMSS 2010 on its Use of Information Systems to Achieve NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition
Dr. Carol Reynolds, Medical Director of Baltimore-based Potomac Physicians, to explain how patient populations and primary care practices can benefit through physician commitment and electronic health record software
DALLAS – Feb. 25, 2010 –Aprima Medical Software , a leading developer of electronic health record (EHR) and practice management (PM) systems for medical practices, is pleased to recognize Dr. Carol Reynolds and Potomac Physicians, P.A. for having been selected to present an introductory education session in ambulatory information systems at HIMSS 2010 on March 4th in Atlanta. Dr. Reynolds will review how her practice became the nation’s first NCQA-recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home and therole that information technology played in that achievement.
Located in White Marsh, Maryland, Potomac Physicians, P.A., is a primary care medical group with seven locations. The physicians serve approximately 130,000 patients annually.
“We signed on with Aprima’s EHR/PM solutions in 2006 and by the end of 2007, everyone across our practice was trained and using the system,” said Dr. Reynolds, medical director of Potomac Physicians, P.A. “Since we’ve installed Aprima’s software, we have been able to easily electronically capture patient information allowing physicians anywhere in the practice to pull up a patient’s information regardless of which office they were seen in.”
In 2007, when Potomac Physicians decided to pursue recognition through NCQA’s PPC-Patient-Centered Medical Home (PPC-PCMH) program, the practice used Aprima’s electronic health record solution to aggregate the necessary data to fulfill eight of the nine Medical Home qualification standards. It also satisfied all ten of the must pass items in order to receive level-three recognition, NCQA’s highest level for the Medical Home standard. The practice also joined forces in 2008 with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Maryland in a demonstration project to document how the practice’s Patient- Centered Medical Home improves outcomes.
“Aprima is honored that its EHR/PM solution contributed to the success of Potomac Physicians recognition as a PCMH,” said Michael Nissenbaum, CEO of Aprima. “Dr. Reynolds has aggressively leveraged the capabilities in our electronic health record and practice management solution to provide care to her community. She has achieved improvements in patient care quality by referencing the data from Aprima to improve the skills of all physicians in her practice based on the experience of those physicians who excel at treating particular ailments such as hypertension or diabetes. This data-driven approach is innovative and especially impressive given the business metrics of an urban primary care practice.”
Unlike template-based EHRs that force individual providers to conform to practice-wide standards, Aprima’s template-free electronic health record software enables providers to follow their own protocols. Its adaptive learning feature speeds adoption and deployment, a critical capability as medical practices seek to meet “meaningful use” standards for government stimulus fund reimbursements. Furthermore, as a single EHR/PM application built on a single database, Aprima affords users with the fastest access to clinical and financial data. Its licensing plans make sense for everyone from a solo rural practitioner to a multi-specialty urban group.
Dr. Reynolds will be speaking on Thursday, March 4, 2010, 10-11 a.m., Education Session#230, room C202, at HIMSS 2010 in Atlanta.
Aprima Medical Software, Inc. develops innovative electronic health record and practice management solutions for medical practices. Reach Aprima at 866-960-6890, email@example.com or online at aprima.com.