Health IT — Meaningful Use

As one of 62 regional extension centers across the country charged by the federal government with guiding eligible providers to Meaningful Use, the PHA-managed Purdue Regional Extension Center (PurdueREC) helps hospitals, clinics, large or small provider practices demonstrate Meaningful Use of electronic health records. We are on hand to offer unbiased guidance to MU incentives-eligible, Indiana-based healthcare physicians (both primary care and specialty) with EHR support for both Medicare and Medicaid, and expertise in working with all ONC-certified EHR vendors.

Services portfolio:

PHA Manging Advisor Brian McCammon can put a package of services together that meets your needs. Phone him at (765) 494-9051.

Patient Engagement

Healthcare reform laws encourage patients to "engage" with their healthcare provider to manage health and wellness needs. PHA guides clients through myriad electronic, patient-engagement support tools to best meet these new patient expectations.

Workflow Redesign (Beyond Meaningful Use)

Workflow redesign helps to reduce variation that often leads to inefficiency. Performing a redesign of your workflows can help you recognize the types of problems that exist in your practice and prepare you to better identify and evaluate the functionality you need in an EHR to overcome those problems.

Disease-based Management

Purdue Healthcare Advisors is working with EHR vendors and clients to formulate new approaches for leveraging EHRs to identify individuals suffering from one or more undiagnosed chronic diseases — such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Alzheimer's and hypertension — as well as identifying patients who might be at higher risk for complications, and then instituting new best practices for engaging the patient in their own care.

Hospital Readmissions

With national patient hospital readmission rates as high one in five, many providers are looking to their EHR systems to gain ground in readmission prevention. Intensified monitoring of those patients with four or five co-morbidities; using Skype to remotely talk with patients and wireless technology to record vital signs; medication on discharge and a plan that includes medication reconciliation; a work flow that includes discharge summaries available at the time of discharge; and shared accountability by healthcare providers throughout the patient’s transition from one facility to another.  Successfully implemented patient care improvements require not just a functioning EHR, but a combination of both clinical and technological expertise.