Electronic Medical Resources Makes First Spanish-Language Implementation of Allscripts EMR System

On March 16, 2009, in EMR News, by EMR Staff

Electronic Medical Resources, (EMR), a Houston-based provider of electronic medical records and clinical practice management integration, has successfully deployed Allscripts TouchWorks™ version 11.1 (TW 11.1) and TouchWorks Practice Management™ (PM) to Clinica Hispana in Houston, Texas.

Clinica Hispana, a high-volume family practice health clinic, treats over 220 walk-in and other patients per day. EMR, featuring a "No Physician Left Behind" deployment platform, is currently bringing an average of 10 physician practices online per month, with their unique electronic medical records and practice management software in the Houston area.

Some of the benefits Clinica Hispana has already seen by choosing EMR are: reduced staffing costs due to the PM system's increased efficiency; an increase in billing accuracy and control; and a strong boost to monthly cash flow from increased reimbursements due to better data reporting and capturing. The TW 11.1 Electronic Health Record (EHR) system is allowing the clinic to quickly process patients, while also creating an electronic health record that documents all aspects of a patient's medical history. This allows faster and more accurate patient charting, more accurate patient disease diagnosis and management, more reliable capture of records and coding, and better patient data storage, transmission, and retrieval. All of this is especially true because Clinica Hispana is such a large and busy practice.

Clinica Hispana serves a growing patient base of 18,000 patients in a largely Hispanic area of the Houston community. This EMR deployment is unique because it is the first and only Allscripts implementation that was trained and implemented in the Spanish language, demonstrating the flexibility and adaptability of both the EMR Team and the Allscripts products.

Clinica Hispana's founder, Dr. Rodrigo De Valle, is very impressed with the results he's seen so far. He's also pleased with the relatively lower up-front costs, and lower monthly fees of the EMR solution, as compared with many competitive products. His son Dr. Oscar De Valle, who is also a physician at the clinic, remarked: "While transitioning to an electronic health record and practice management system is no small undertaking, the Electronic Medical Resources deployment model and the Allscripts TouchWorks system is the only logical way to make the jump. We have experienced an annualized $136,000 savings to date and we are only just getting started."

"We look forward to a long term relationship with our EHR support teams at Electronic Medical Resources and Allscripts," he added.

Electronic Medical Resources is an Application Service Provider (ASP), which means that the company reliably supplies and supports electronic health records, clinical, billing, and data and practice management software to physicians, without the need for costly on-site servers, backups, and other equipment that other traditional models for EHRs and Practice Management require.

Electronic Medical Resources is the sole creator and owner of its exclusive EMR ASP Model™. The company has currently been chosen to license its solutions via an exclusive nationwide contract with Allscripts, the award-winning national leader in both PM and Electronic Health Records solutions software. EMR was formed by Larry Wedekind in 2007 in order to specifically sell, deploy, and support Electronic Health Records and Practice Management systems for physicians, clinics, and Independent Physician Associations (IPAs). Mr. Wedekind (who also is the founder and CEO of IntegraNet Physician Resources, one of the Houston area's leading IPA's) has plans to deploy an additional 10 clinics per month with the Allscripts TouchWorks EHR system over the next two years. EMR's current expansion plans also include other areas of Texas and the Southwest.

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