Fort Collins, Colorado-October 27th 2006- Alpenglow Medical PLLC, a Primary Care clinic headed by Doctor Daniel Griffin, has won the 2006 HIMSS Davies award for excellence in the use of Electronic Medical Records. The Nicholas E. Davies Award recognizes top performance in the implementation and use of health information technology. Each year the national award spotlights providers that demonstrate exemplary use of EMR systems to improve healthcare delivery.
Alpenglow Medical, serving the Fort Collins community since 1999, after thorough testing by CFMC, Colorado's DOQ-IT Quality Improvement Organization, demonstrated outstanding EMR performance in four areas of evaluation: Management, Functionality, Technology, and Value (concrete return on investment).
Dr. Griffin founded his clinic on the principle of superior customer service, with a target of 100% patient satisfaction. His vision was to create a different kind of practice that focused on the patient's time, while delivering the highest quality of care possible. "I envisioned a clinic that would offer same day appointments, never ask patients to wait beyond their scheduled time, and allow more patient interaction", explained Dr. Griffin. "Also key were clinic productivity, reducing malpractice risk, and controlling the impact of work on my family and social life", he added.
As Dr. Griffin strived to perfect his practice, he became convinced that complete documentation during the patient visit was critical to clinical success, as well as a strong bottom line. Charting after the encounter is uncompensated and reduces a provider's hourly income. Therefore, Dr. Griffin's top priority was to document clinical encounters in real time, consistently, at the point of care. Moreover, he envisioned a system that could manage customized practice guidelines to achieve optimum clinical care. Dr. Griffin intentionally avoided template-driven EMRs, preferring a system that enabled custom plans tailored to individual patients based on his own knowledge, training, and experience.
After an extensive search, Alpenglow implemented Praxis ® EMR by Infor-Med, Inc., a system based on Concept Processing rather than structured pre-set templates. A Concept Processor is an artificial intelligence engine that learns from each user to progressively document faster and smarter with every patient encounter. Imperative to Dr. Griffin's selection was that Praxis closely mirrored his own thought processes and documentation style. "Praxis is truly a physician-centric EMR", explains Dr. Griffin, "It integrates my clinical and personal preferences, decision support, medical literature, and gives me exactly the information I need, when I need it."
Selecting the right EMR has certainly been rewarding for Alpenglow's patients. The clinical results have been astounding. Testing administered onsite by CFMC showed that Alpenglow achieved 91% patient "value added time" (the inverse of time wasted), compared with 45% to 79% across the rest of the state, landing in the top 1% of clinics nationwide. As a result, patients at Alpenglow see more of their doctor, while spending less time at the clinic.
"Great software is not developed in a vacuum, but rather through constant learning from the best medicine has to offer," said Richard M. Low, MD, CEO of Infor-Med. "We are honored to be associated with physicians of such exceptional caliber as Dr. Griffin. It is individuals like Dr. Griffin who make our mission at Praxis to develop the finest EMR in the world, a reality."
About Alpenglow Medical PLLC
Daniel Griffin, MD, is a graduate of New York University School of Medicine, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Utah. He also completed training at John's Hopkins University, and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. In August 1999, Dr. Griffin opened Alpenglow Medical, an Internal Medicine/Geriatrics practice in Fort Collins, Colorado. See http://www.alpenglowmedical.com for further information.
About CFMC, Colorado's DOQ-IT Quality Improvement Organization
The Colorado Foundation for Medical Care (CFMC), founded in 1970, is one of most experienced and respected medical quality improvement organizations (QIOs) in the United States. CFMC works collaboratively with government programs, health providers, and managed care companies to improve the quality of health care. See http://www.cfmc.org.
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is the healthcare industry's membership organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of healthcare information technology and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded in 1961, with offices in Chicago, Washington D.C., Brussels, and other locations across the United States and Europe, HIMSS represents more than 20,000 individual members and over 300 corporate members that collectively represent organizations employing millions of people. See http://www.himss.org/asp/davies_primarycare.asp for further information.
About Praxis EMR
Praxis is the first EMR software based on concept processing technology. Infor-Med Corporation, established in 1989, is headquartered in Woodland Hills, California and serves over 5,000 satisfied physician-users. Richard Low, MD, is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine, and practiced Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine for 20 years.