Keeping your personal medical information organized between visits to doctors, specialists and hospitals is complex and challenging for patients, providers and health care organizations. National best practices in health care for improving quality, safety and continuity of care includes investing in technology that provides easy access to all patient health information. Valor Health is taking new steps to dramatically improve the coordination of care and to streamline accessibility to your personal information through the implementation of a new electronic health record (EHR) system.
“We have selected a new electronic health record system that will help us capture a more complete picture of a patient’s health and provide better, more coordinated care,” explained Valor Health CEO Wade Johnson. “It also significantly improves patient access to their health information when and where they need it. We are now transitioning to the next generation of electronic health records for our patients, our organization and our community.”
A very comprehensive process was followed to evaluate the various EHR systems and vendors, including a model that incorporates remote hosting through a health system IT partner. A lot of people and departments at Valor Health were involved in the evaluation and selection process. Valor Health is excited to announce its decision to partner with the Billings Clinic and implement Cerner, a global leader in health information technology.
“Creating a partnership with the Billings Clinic and the other hospitals and clinics in their IT network demonstrates our commitment to collaborate, to improve care and our business processes,” Johnson said. “This unique partnership allows Valor Health to implement a world-class EHR that under normal circumstances would be out of reach for our size. We are literally moving our organization forward 5 -10 years with this partnership and decision.”
By partnering with Billings Clinic, Valor Health will benefit from many years of EHR experience and clinical content development to make this technology available to patients, providers and the local community.
“We will likely have the most advanced, fully-developed and integrated EHR in our region and without question one of the top systems in the entire state,” continued Johnson. “We are grateful to the Billings Clinic for their willingness to partner with us and look forward to the benefits our new electronic medical record system will provide our people and our patients.”
About Billings Clinic
Billings Clinic is Montana’s largest health system serving Montana, Wyoming and the western Dakotas. A not-for-profit organization led by a physician CEO, Billings Clinic is governed by a board of community members, nurses and physicians. At its core, Billings Clinic is a physician-led, integrated multispecialty group practice with a 285-bed hospital and Level II trauma center. Billings Clinic has approximately 4,000 employees, including more than 400 physicians and advanced practitioners offering more than 50 specialties. Billings Clinic manages 11 Critical Access Hospitals and clinics in the region and conducts nearly 100 specialty care clinics per month. Billings Clinic is the first Magnet-designated health care organization in Montana and a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Billings Clinic launched Montana’s first Internal Medicine Residency program in 2014. More information can be found at www.billingsclinic.com.