With a strong focus on Meaningful Use, Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) is striving to create a peer-to-peer partnership between various Health centers using the listed Electronic Health Records: NextGen, Success EHS, Dentrix, QSI, and eClinicalWorks. This will enable MPCA to facilitate the exchange and flow of knowledge from one Health Center to the other so clinicians, IT professionals, and administrators can share their expertise on using Electronic Health Records/Electronic Dental Records (EHR/EDR) and to troubleshoot problems associated with the use of respective Electronic Health/Dental Records.
What are Electronic Health Records (EHRs)?
EHRs are, at their simplest, digital (computerized) versions of patients' paper charts. When fully up and running, EHRs are so much more—they are real-time, patient-centered records. They make information available instantly, whenever and wherever it is needed, and they bring together in one place everything about a patient's health. EHRs can:
- Contain information about a patient's medical history, diagnoses, medications, immunization dates, allergies, radiology images, and lab and test results
- Offer access to evidence-based tools that providers can use in making decisions about a patient's care
- Automate and streamline providers' workflow
- Increase organization and accuracy of patient information
- Support key market changes in payer requirements and consumer expectations
One of the key features of an EHR is that it can be created, managed, and consulted by authorized providers and staff across more than one health care organization. A single EHR can bring together information from current and past doctors, emergency facilities, school and workplace clinics, pharmacies, laboratories, and medical imaging facilities.
What is Electronic Dental Record (EDR)?
Electronic Dental Record (EDR) is a software which provides clinical charting for dentists and eliminates paper charts. Some common features of EDR software include treatment plan charts, periodontal charts, and exam results. Exams, procedures, treatment plans, and images are incorporated into the patient record. Since EDR products are typically used in combination with Dental Imaging software, these two products are often packaged jointly. For the most seamless workflow, select an EDR and dental imaging solution that operates on a single platform.
Benefits of Electronic Health Records
When fully functional and exchangeable, the benefits of EHRs offer far more than a paper record:
- Improve quality and convenience of patient care
- Increase patient participation in their care
- Improve accuracy of diagnoses and health outcomes
- Improve care coordination
- Increase practice efficiencies and cost savings
User Group Meetings Format
User groups for each member HIT system (EHR/EDR) will meet virtually via webinar/teleconference on a monthly basis to troubleshoot IT issues, maximize system effectiveness, receive system-specific training from vendor partners, and leverage "economies of scale" in sharing templates, reports, and other system-specific items with one another. Each user group agenda will be designed with portions of time set aside for distinct financial/operational and clinical focused discussion to allow for broader engagement of Michigan Quality Improvement Network staff.
Michigan Health Centers Using SuccessEHS
Email Faiyaz Syed to join the SuccessEHS User Group.
Michigan Health Centers Using NextGen
Email Debra Kristy to join the NextGen User Group.
Michigan Health Centers Using eClinicalWorks
Email Debra Kristy to join the eClinicalWorks User Group.
Michigan Health Centers Using Dentrix
Email Lindsay Sailor to join the Dentrix User Group.
Michigan Health Centers Using QSi
Email Lindsay Sailor to join the QSi User Group.
With a focus on meeting the unique reporting, data management, and integrations needs of Federally Qualified Health Centers, BridgeIT and MPCA aims to facilitate the exchange and flow of knowledge from one Health Center to the another so clinicians, IT professionals, and administrators can share their expertise and best practices of BridgeIT.
What is BridgeIT?
BridgeIT is an analytic tool designed to fill the business needs of FQHCs that are not met through reports provided by EHR vendors. The analytic tool allows practices to access all the clinical and financial data from one platform to monitor the patients’ health, the financial health of the facility, and generate the detailed reports required to secure grants.
For example, BridgeIT is able to provide any of the following reports:
- UDS, Federal, State, and Local Grants
- NCQA Medical Home Reporting
- Lost Revenue Reports
- Clinical Process Improvement Tracking
- Chromic Disease Management
- Family Planning Annual Report
- And much more!
Benefits of BridgeIT
Since BridgeIT’s analytic tools are based on Microsoft Office technology, the tool does not require advanced training. The intuitive nature of Microsoft’s technology allow for users to view the data in a way that is readily and easily modifiable. Reports are quickly generated and questions often answered without running a specialized report.
User Group Meeting Format
The BridgeIT user group will meet virtually via webinar/teleconference on a monthly basis to troubleshoot IT issues, maximize system effectiveness, receive system-specific training from vendor partners, and leverage "economies of scale" in sharing templates, reports, and other system-specific items with one another. Each user group agenda will be designed with portions of time set aside for distinct financial/operational and clinical focused discussion to allow for broader engagement of Michigan Quality Improvement Network staff.
Michigan Health Centers Using BridgeIT
EHR/EDR User Groups Resources
Housed within the MPCA website is a wealth of educational and resource materials on a variety of topics relevant to Michigan Health Centers and the delivery of primary and preventive care to medically underserved areas and populations. To access Diabetes Resources you may search the website by keyword using the search field at the top of this page, or you may search the EHR/EDR User Groups Resources webpage.
Contacts for Joining a User Group
NextGen and eClinicalWorks
Health Information Technology Specialist
- NextGen User Group Meeting Time
4th Wednesday of every month from 2 - 3 pm ET
- eClinicalWorks User Group Meeting Time
4th Tuesday of every month from 11 am - 12 pm ET
Faiyaz Syed, MD, MPH
Associate Director, Clinical Services
- SuccessEHS User Group Meeting Time
4th Wednesday of every month from 11 am - 12 pm ET
QSi and Dentrix EDR
- QSi User Group Meeting Time
2nd Thursday of every month from 1 - 2 pm ET
- Dentrix User Group Meeting Time
2nd Tuesday of every month from 1 - 2 pm ET
Data Strategy Manager
- BridgeIT User Group Meeting Schedule: TBD
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