News Feature | December 15, 2014

Ambulatory EHR Used To Solve Legacy Solution's Growing Pains

By Karla Paris

Ambulatory Providers Considering EHR Replacement

Gila River positions itself for success in the new value- based care environment.

Gila River Health Care (GRHC) has partnered with NextGen Healthcare Information Systems to deploy NextGen Ambulatory EHR, NextGen Practice Management, and NextPen throughout its organization.

GRHC will use NextGen solutions to improve organizational efficiencies and drive growth as it strives to comply with regulatory requirements mandated by healthcare reform. Under the agreement, GRHC will leverage NextGen Ambulatory EHR and NextGen Practice Management to create an integrated platform, built on a single database, to address its specialty-specific needs. GRHC will leverage NextGen solutions with the transition of its behavioral health services to electronic health records. It is looking to NextGen to assist the enterprise prepare for Meaningful Use Stage 2 and the transition to ICD-10, as well.

“With portions of our organization still utilizing paper records and having outgrown the functionalities of our legacy solution, we recognized the pressing need to implement a fully integrated solution alongside a technology partner that could support both the tribal and behavioral health specialty-specific needs of our organization,” said Dr. Lorrie Henderson, CEO.

NextGen Ambulatory EHR possesses role-based workflows expected to help GRHC’s efficiency and reduce the administrative burden of documentation, all while improving care management and allowing more time for GRHC to provide patient care.

GRHC expects the solution will allow its employees to work simpler using its new ICD-9 / ICD-10 diagnosis search tool. With this web browser-like search, results are ranked by relevance and frequency of use. Using simple drag-and-drop functionality, GRHC can configure this tool, by user.

GRHC is a not-for-profit corporation of the Gila River Indian Community located in Sacaton, AZ. Gila River Health Care includes two main campuses, which span across 372,000 acres and is comprised of seven districts that make up the Gila River Indian Community.

The Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital Campus (eastern service area) features a 15-bed critical access facility (Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital), which is also located in Sacaton. A wide range of primary and specialty health care services are provided, including a state-of-the-art dialysis unit and comprehensive behavioral health services.

In 2009, the Komatke Health Center Campus was established to replace the Gila Crossing Clinic, in order to expand services to the area. It is located in Laveen, AZ. This campus provides a number of primary and specialty health services, a state-of-the-art dialysis unit, and comprehensive behavioral health services. Departments within this campus location provide enhanced outpatient services, such as individual, group and family counseling, traditional counseling, substance abuse support programs, and prevention education for all ages.