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Media Contact: Cindy Glass

Published on April 24, 2013

Adventist HealthCare and the Primary Care Coalition Unite to Improve Health of Community Through Electronic Health Records

Innovative Partnership Will Coordinate Lower-Cost Health Services to Thousands of Low-Income, Uninsured Residents in Montgomery County

Gaithersburg, MD – An innovative partnership between Adventist HealthCare’s ACES Program and the Primary Care Coalition (PCC) will electronically connect more than 200 health-care providers through a Health Information Exchange (HIE) to further strengthen the health safety-net for the 120,000 low-income, uninsured residents in Montgomery County, Md.

The partnership will expand the number of community physicians connected through ACES, Adventist HealthCare’s Ambulatory Care EHR Solution. The ACES HIE will allow safety-net clinics to grow and expand care for their patients by providing features such as interfaces for downloading lab results, e-prescriptions, checking drug and allergy interactions and clinical decision support. Adventist HealthCare will provide financial assistance and expertise with technical support and guidance for PCC to migrate to a new integrated electronic health record (EHR). This type of connectivity is a key component of Adventist HealthCare’s strategy of Delivering Population-Based Care.

“The ACES Health Information Exchange will electronically connect primary care and other specialty providers in order to provide even better care and outcomes for our community, especially for those most in need,” said Arumani Manisundaram, Adventist HealthCare’s Director for the Center for Connected Health. “For patients, this means access to care throughout the continuum from caregivers who can now more easily share health information to treat chronic conditions. This will also make it easier to track the health history of patients from clinic to clinic and, eventually, to hospitals if needed.”

The Health Information Exchange will connect nine safety-net clinics participating in Montgomery Cares—a public-private partnership, administered by PCC, that provides primary and preventive care to underserved patients. These clinics include: Mercy Health Clinic, Mobile Medical Care, Muslim Community Center Medical Clinic, Proyecto Salud, The People’s Community Wellness Center, Chinese Culture and Community Services Center, Chinese Culture and Community Services Center, Care for Your Health and the Mansfield Kaseman Clinic. The Teen and Young Adult Health Connection (TAYA) of Silver Spring will also be participating. Last year, nearly 25,000 patients received care at the clinics that will use the ACES HIE.

“All Montgomery County residents deserve the opportunity to live healthy lives and Health Information Exchanges will help us get there by improving the quality and efficiency of care for underserved patients,” said Steve Galen, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Primary Care Coalition. “With the important support of Adventist HealthCare, as well as other community partners and the county, we are working toward a health-care system that strives for universal access and health equity.”

ACES has been designated as a Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) Management Service Organization (MSO), which means the program meets a number of national and state standards intended to ensure high-quality business operations, and the existence of sound privacy and security policies.

Manisundaram presented to the Montgomery County Commission on Health meeting on April 18, explaining how Adventist HealthCare’s expertise with collaborative care will help the PCC and various health-care clinics improve patient care and reduce both health-care costs and potential hospital readmissions.

“Adventist HealthCare is honored to join with the Primary Care Coalition through our Center for Connected Health, which is leading the way to deliver patient-centered care to our community with better outcomes,” said William G. “Bill” Robertson, President and CEO of Adventist HealthCare. “This partnership furthers Adventist HealthCare’s vision of being a high performance integrator of wellness, disease management and health care services, delivering superior health outcomes, extraordinary patient experience and exceptional value to those we serve.”

Adventist HealthCare, an integrated, health-care delivery organization based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland. The mission of Adventist HealthCare is to demonstrate God’s care by improving the health of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing. 

The Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County is making health care happen. PCC works with clinics, hospitals, health care providers, and other community partners to coordinate health services for low-income, uninsured residents of Montgomery County, Md. Our vision is a county in which all residents will have the opportunity to live healthy lives. PCC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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