Today, BIDMC and Atrius Health officially celebrate their collaboration - bringing together a large multi-speciality practice group with an academic teaching hospital for coordination of care, a focus on quality, and improvements in efficiency. IT is a major component of our work together. Here's what we've done:
*Any admissions to BIDMC result in automated electronic notification of Atrius PCPs
*Any ED discharges result in automated electronic care summaries sent to Atrius PCPs
*Any inpatient discharges result in automated electronic care summaries including medication data for reconciliation sent to Atrius PCPs
*All email between the two organizations is secured via TLS and is HIPAA compliant
*All BIDMC clinical data is viewable within Epic without the need for a separate username/password or the need to respecify the patient. We do this via RESTful protocols that transmit patient context, login credentials and access control information between Epic and BIDMC systems.
*All Atrius data is viewable to BIDMC clinicians via Citrix. Over the next year, we'll implement more automated methods following the standards that support meaningful use data exchanges.
*We've created a web-based automated census of all admitted Atrius patients including those in ED or hospital observation beds (pictured above)
*Atrius Case Management staff have full access to all BIDMC clinical systems
*BIDMC has provided all phones, networks (wired/wireless), desktop, printers, and seamless LAN to LAN VPN access linking the BIDMC and Atrius networks.
We've done all this over 60 days and have learned a great deal. The Atrius BIDMC relationship will be a great testbed for interoperability activities in our Healthcare Information Exchange and Beacon Community work.
Great blog and useful insight for IT vendors. You mention all Atrius data is available via Citrix. I am curious to know if you have also enabled mobile access for iPhones and other devices via Citrix Reciever ? I am interested in any feedback from you other other readers on the topic.
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