With healthcare transitioning to a value-based care delivery system, MEDITECH has taken a quantum leap forward in EHR technology with its new Expanse platform, which delivers consumer-grade user experience to physicians and nurses, through web and mobile solutions. ”We have a fully integrated system for all aspects of healthcare—both clinicians and the financial/operational areas—because integration is a powerful force driving the overall well being of healthcare organizations,” says Waters. “Our approach is to provide a full EHR at a lower and sustainable total cost of ownership.”
The idea is to make care delivery mobile, convenient, intuitive, and ultimately safer. Having integration, innovation, and value at its heart, MEDITECH’s advanced Expanse equips healthcare providers with a holistic view of patient information by including previous encounters from anywhere within the healthcare ecosystem, current medical conditions, and medications. Patients can download the EHR app from the app store and check their reports, request appointments, message care providers, complete pre-visit template questionnaires from the convenience of their home, and share health data in real time through wearables. All of this drives a more highly engaged patient consumer and supports today’s proactive healthcare paradigm.
Collecting patient data regardless of where they enter or exit the care delivery journey, MEDITECH’s web-enabled EHR builds a complete picture of patient health in real time and allows physicians to efficiently navigate their patient’s health records. If a patient is treated by a different physician, they can share their record with their new care provider’s system, which may or may not be natively built to work with MEDITECH.
We are in the market to solve prevalent healthcare challenges for better usability and sustainability of health systems
The company is also a major player in the CommonWell Health Alliance, where MEDITECH has the ability to share data with any EHR that’s part of the Alliance.
Expanse is available both in the cloud version as well as the traditional on-premise approach. The EHR’s flexible business model and technology architecture allows clients to personalize the system and make informed decisions based on their needs, resources, budget, and goals. In addition, MEDITECH equips clinicians and population health executives with data analytics tools to help them understand the needs of patients across a diverse demography. These tools access an extensive list of clinical information and financial data elements based on geographies, age groups, and disease types and provide proactive simulations that help care providers better cater to their patients’ needs.
The efficacy of Expanse can be demonstrated by how it helped a New Jersey-based hospital recognize and treat sepsis patients. Not only did the hospital identify all the sepsis patients using MEDITECH’s electronic surveillance, they also increased flu vaccine administration rates by almost 90 percent. Leveraging the capabilities of the EHR, several other hospitals were able to reduce sepsis mortality by 45 percent and the readmission rate of patients from 12.9 percent to 10.3 percent.
With a global presence in over 20 countries, the company also plans to work with small and large developers and technology companies to leverage APIs that ease access to patient health data. “We are in the market to solve prevalent healthcare challenges for better usability and sustainability of health systems,” concludes Waters.
MEDITECH Announces Widespread Market Availability for MaaS
WESTWOOD, Mass., - MEDITECH is excited to announce MaaS (MEDITECH as a Service) is now available to community health systems. Offered initially to Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), larger community health systems now have the opportunity to utilize MaaS and the many benefits that come with a cost-effective subscription to MEDITECH Expanse.
MaaS is a cloud-based EHR subscription that provides health systems with full access to Expanse, MEDITECH's web-based platform. Specifically designed to reduce the complexity and cost of procuring, hosting, and maintaining a cutting-edge EHR system while improving efficiency and ensuring quality patient care, MaaS is an attractive option for organizations facing the many challenges within the current healthcare landscape.
"We are so excited to extend this offering to our customers and prospects beyond the CAH space," MEDITECH President and CEO Howard Messing said. "We understand that the focus should be on the patient, on providing quality care — not on IT. MaaS empowers organizations to maintain that focus."
One of the most notable aspects of MaaS is a streamlined implementation. Using best practices, community health systems will be able to go LIVE with Expanse in an expedited time frame. MEDITECH's hands-on approach accelerates end-user training and optimizes the software build phase, while a remotely-hosted data center significantly decreases any strain on the organization's technical resources.
MaaS provides community health systems with an opportunity to strike the right balance between autonomy and maintainability. Expanse's interoperability reduces the complexity of exchanging data with other systems and offers organizations more control than other hosted vendors. With MEDITECH maintaining the software and an experienced cloud operations staff overseeing the data center, organizations can focus on caring for their community.
"MaaS represents a meaningful step in driving EHR access and adoption for organizations of all sizes," says Helen Waters, Executive Vice President at MEDITECH. "The cloud-based EHR subscription service equips organizations with the technology needed to improve organizational efficiency and ensure quality patient care."
Learn more about how MaaS can simplify the procurement, deployment, and management of a modern healthcare information system.