October 08, 2009 08:00 ET

eClinicalWorks and Healthwise Collaborate to Help Physicians and Patients

Healthwise Tools and Information Integrate With eClinicalWorks EMR and Patient Portal

WESTBOROUGH, MA and BOISE, ID--(Marketwire - October 8, 2009) - eClinicalWorks and Healthwise announced today an agreement to provide two Healthwise solutions to eClinicalWorks physician clients. Healthwise Information Therapy (Ix) Patient Instructions, take-home patient educational materials, integrates within the eClinicalWorks EMR; and the Healthwise Knowledgebase, an online health information library, has patient-specific connections within the eClinicalWorks secure Patient Portal.

Healthwise information embedded within eClinicalWorks helps physicians improve care quality and provide patient education at the point of care, maintaining their workflow efficiency. And when patients get home they can connect from the in-hand information, received from their physicians, to more information online in their personal health record (PHR) within eClinicalWorks Patient Portal. The additional information, triggered by their PHR, will include specific content and tools related to their visit, including medical tests, procedures, or medicines discussed during the health care visit.

"Patient information is important both at the point of care and at home, where the patient may have additional questions," said Girish Kumar Navani, CEO and co-founder of eClinicalWorks. "Working with Healthwise will help our customers form a tighter relationship with their patients by offering details about certain conditions and diagnosis so that patients can be better educated about their health care."

Healthwise Ix Patient Instructions include more than 1,500 evidence-based health topics and include Go-to-Web codes directly linking patients to more than 6,000 health topics in the Healthwise Knowledgebase product. The health content educates patients, helps them take an active role in their care, and helps them make better decisions with their doctors.

"The value of good health information and patient decision aids is never greater than when it is prescribed by a physician to his or her patient as part of the care delivered," said Donald W. Kemper, Healthwise chairman and CEO. "Through eClinicalWorks, physicians can now prescribe the self-management support each patient needs with a simple click of the mouse."

How the eClinicalWorks and Healthwise Integration Will Work:

To illustrate how Healthwise information will integrate with eClinicalWorks EMR and Patient Portal, picture "Nancy," a patient with low back pain.

During her physical exam, her diagnosis data triggers the eClinicalWorks EMR and then, as part of the regular workflow, the clinician can print and give her a two-page, Healthwise Ix Patient Instruction on low back pain. The Healthwise Ix Patient Instruction includes information about low back pain, how Nancy can care for her back at home, and actionable instructions on how to do more for herself to manage her condition. When Nancy gets home, she logs into the secure eClinicalWorks Patient Portal where she finds her PHR already has links to more information about low back pain from the Healthwise Knowledgebase product.

If she had a medical test or if her doctor discussed surgery as a treatment option for back pain, then she'd also find a link to a relevant Healthwise Decision Point to help guide her through her decision.

About eClinicalWorks

eClinicalWorks® is a privately held leader in the ambulatory clinical systems market. The company's unified electronic medical record (EMR) and practice management (PM) solutions are proven for every market segment: large practice groups, including Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), Electronic Health Records of Rhode Island (EHRRI) and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, as well as medium, small and solo practices regardless of specialty. With an established customer base of more than 30,000 providers and 100,000 healthcare professionals across all 50 states, eClinicalWorks has been awarded multiple top industry honors including being named to the Inc. 500 in 2008 and 2007, and prominently placed in a report released by IDC company Health Industry Insights, titled Healthcare Provider Industry Short List: Ambulatory Electronic Health Records and Electronic Medical Records. Based in Westborough, Mass., eClinicalWorks has additional offices in New York City, Pleasanton, Calif., and Alpharetta, Ga. More information on eClinicalWorks can be found at www.eclinicalworks.com or by calling 866-888-MYCW.

About Healthwise

Healthwise is a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions. Nearly 120 million times a year, people turn to Healthwise information to learn how to do more for themselves, ask for the care they need, and say "no" to the care they don't need. Healthwise partners with health plans, hospitals, disease management companies, and health Web sites to provide up-to-date, evidence-based information to the people they serve. To learn more about the Healthwise Information Therapy (Ix®) Solution, visit www.healthwise.org or call 1.800.706.9646.

© 2009, Healthwise, Incorporated.

Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise.

Contact Information

  • Healthwise
    Contact:
    Brenda Foster
    Phone: 208.331.6963
    E-mail: Email Contact

    eClinicalWorks
    Contact:
    Heather Caouette
    Phone: 508.836.2700, ext 203
    E-mail: Email Contact