For those of you who may not know me I spend 50% of my time in clinical practice and 50% of my time as Director of Medical Informatics for an IPA called Brown & Toland Physicians. Brown & Toland is a comprehensive, multi-specialty independent practice association (IPA) serving the residents of San Francisco and the Bay Area. The member physicians practice in offices throughout the city of San Francisco and at the prestigious University of California at San Francisco.
About 4 years ago B&T embarked on a massive project to roll out an EHR to all its physicians. We have approximatley 150 providers on the system and hope to enroll at least another 200. It has been an intresting and challenging ride – to say the least. The functionality used includes note creation, electronic prescribing, electronic messaging and soon full CPOE. We also have in place 7 interfaces built with local lab,radiology, hospital and ER reports etc.
I would be very interested to hear your story regardarding implementation, functionality used etc. If you have worked in an IPA setup I would also love to hear from you. Until next time…….