Physicians affiliated with Hunterdon Healthcare Partners, a partnership between about 250 local physicians and Hunterdon Medical Center, have taken another step in providing outstanding healthcare using their outpatient electronic health record, NextGen. Currently if you visit more than one practice, you have a separate electronic chart in each. On November 25th, Hunterdon Healthcare Partners will move to a Unified Electronic Chart. A Unified Chart promotes better care by allowing all your doctors to view one common medical record for you. This chart contains medical history, drug allergies, immunizations, and treatments prescribed by primary care providers and specialists, including test results.
“A Unified Chart will allow a doctor to see test results and notes from other physician offices that their patient uses for care. This means, if you visit your cardiologist, he or she will be able to see what tests or lab results were ordered by your family physician. Your family physician will know what medications your specialist has prescribed to you and when the last time a refill was issued,” explained Geralyn Prosswimmer, M.D., Medical Director, Hunterdon Healthcare Partners.
A Unified Electronic Chart is another step to transformed health care. “The benefits include better healthcare by improving all aspects of patient care including safety, effectiveness, communication, education, timeliness and efficiency. We are raising the bar and providing quality health care that makes all providers aware of their patient’s care in other offices,” stated Jeffrey Weinstein, Executive Director for Hunterdon Healthcare Partners. This Unified Chart will be available in more than 50 family practice and specialty offices located in Hunterdon, Mercer, Warren and Somerset counties.
Robert Murry, MD, Family Practice Physician at Delaware Valley Family Health Center states “As a primary care provider, it can be difficult to keep up with the visits, results, and treatments that my patients have done by other physicians. Now, with Unified Chart, all this information is at my fingertips for physicians who participate in this Hunterdon Healthcare Partner program.”
The Unified electronic record is accessed only by health care professionals providing care to you. Visits to behavioral health providers are not shared, and Unified Chart includes sections at all practices for sensitive confidential information that will be kept separate and not be shared. Participation in Unified Chart is automatic, but patients may choose to opt out of the Unified Chart and can talk to their physician about this; however, if opted out, their doctors will not have access to necessary information like medications, allergies, and test results from other practices.