MedConnect and Baptist Health Announce Patient Bridge Integration

Montgomery, AL – MedConnect, Inc. and Baptist Health are pleased to announce the integration of MedConnect’s Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR) software solution with Patient Bridge. The collaboration will further the Healthcare Information Exchange system of Baptist Health and Alabama’s healthcare community.

The integration is the first of its kind in Central Alabama. Independent physicians using MedConnect’s EHR v2.3, Baptist Health doctors and patients, and other providers and health systems using Patient Bridge will be able to safely and efficiently send, request, and view healthcare data from one another.

“MedConnect is very excited to offer this integration to our providers.  We have a large number of providers in the community that utilize our EHR solution and are part of the Baptist Health system.  The ability for providers to exchange patient information is crucial to giving the most effective and efficient patient care in the future.” said Jimmy Chapman, President/CEO of MedConnect.

Dr. Donovan Kendrick played a key role in this new integration.  Dr. Kendrick is currently the Chief Medical Officer for Baptist Health. His office has used the MedConnect EHR solution since 2006.  “Patient Bridge significantly improves physicians’ ability to provide better care for our patients. Having access to a patient’s latest labs, diagnostic studies, medications, diagnoses and latest treatment significantly improves patient care by integrating their care among all their physicians. It also allows their primary physician immediate access to care provided by specialists so that their care can be better coordinated to ensure the best possible outcome.” said Dr. Kendrick.

The health care industry has identified the need to make healthcare records more accessible between different providers. The Health Information Exchange (HIE) systems are being created to gather health records that can be securely transferred.

“The goal of HIE is to facilitate access to, and retrieval of, clinical data to provide safe, timely, efficient, effective, equitable and patient-centered care,” according to the Healthcare information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) website.  By integrating healthcare information, providers will be able to save time and money by avoiding re-admissions and duplicates, avoid fax machines and paperwork, improve diagnoses accuracy, avoid dangerous medication errors, and improve the overall public health. Integrating will allow professionals to examine the data to make better decisions on an individual patient level, as well as, decisions for the general population.

“As the industry moves towards more centralized patient health records in support of Patient Management, sharing information between health systems must be a priority.” said Jimmy Chapman, President/CEO of MedConnect.

For more information about MedConnect visit www.medconnecthealth.com. For more information about Baptist Heath visit www.baptistfirst.org. For more information on Dr. Kendrick visit www.alneurospine.com. For more information on HIMSS visit www.himss.org

About MedConnect, Inc

MedConnect is a technology company founded in 2004. Our mission is to offer healthcare providers cost-effective cloud-based software solutions including electronic health records, billing, patient portal, and scheduling. Currently supporting over 25 specialties with connectivity to over 30 hospitals and labs/diagnostics, MedConnect’s EHR solution allows users to focus on providing the highest quality patient care.  In addition, MedConnect EHR v2.3 is 2014 ONC Edition Complete certified.

MedConnect has set itself above the competition by providing highly customizable software, working closely with its clients to better serve their needs, and providing personalized technical support. Our success can be attributed to the fact we are a customer-centric company, always placing customer’s needs first.

About Baptist Health

Baptist Health is the largest healthcare provider in Central Alabama and is comprised of three hospitals, Montgomery Cancer Center, Crossbridge Behavioral Health, Montgomery Surgical Center, multiple imaging centers, PriMeds and employed physician practices. With more than 4000 employees and 500 physicians, Baptist Health also serves the community and local businesses with a wide range of wellness programs and services designed to help people live healthier and happier lives.

From open-heart surgery and rehabilitative services to community outreach and support groups encompassing almost any medical need or problem, Baptist is committed to serving the complete healthcare needs of the community. By successfully meeting those needs in so many ways, Baptist Health exists as a voluntary, not-for-profit organization to promote and improve the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of the people and communities it serves through the delivery of quality health care services provided within a framework of fiscal responsibility.

About Donovan Kendrick, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Baptist Health

Donovan Kendrick, MD is a board certified neurosurgeon with Neurosurgery Associates of Central Alabama, P.C. and also serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Baptist Health in Montgomery, AL.  A Montgomery native, Dr. Kendrick attended Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama before going to the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Dr. Kendrick completed his residency in Neurological Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, joining private practice in 1994. Dr. Kendrick provides general neurosurgical procedures for adults with a special interest in cervical and lumbar spine with emphasis on minimally invasive approaches, trigeminal neuralgia, tumors, and cranial surgeries.

About Patient Bridge

Patient Bridge is a Health Information Organization (HIO) that improves the speed, quality, and safety of patient care within and around Alabama. Founded by Baptist Health as a digital platform to securely connect physicians with health information, Patient Bridge improves clinical workflows and patient transitions of care. Patient Bridge is committed to efficient, secure sharing and delivery of up-to-date-patient information amongst health care providers to facilitate superior treatment at the point of care. If you would like to learn more about Patient Bridge, email us at info@patientbridge-al.com or call 405-801-4787.