The arrangement offers primary care physicians a more detailed picture of their patients' conditions and health disparities over an prolonged period, as real-time lab results–including COVID-19 tests–would be added to electronic medical records (EMR).
FREMONT, CA: Medical Home Network (MHN) has declared a collaboration with Labcorp, a leading global life sciences company, to securely integrate lab results into patient records. The collaboration will help MHN members within the Accountable Care Organization (MHN ACO) ensure better care and health at a lower cost for the over 160,000 Medicaid safety net patients served by the MHN ACO.
The arrangement offers primary care physicians a more detailed picture of their patients' conditions and health disparities over an prolonged period, as real-time lab results–including COVID-19 tests–would be added to electronic medical records (EMR). In addition, the MHNConnect data engine would verify that lab analysis of a specimen is complete and send an alert to the care team to abnormal results.
"We know that lab test results influence the majority of clinical decisions," stated Dr. Jay Bhatt, MHN's chief clinical product officer and medical director. "With Labcorp's assistance, MHN can help ensure providers order tests that are appropriate for each individual patient, delivering better information and improving care and efficiency. That insight helps the care team redesign their workflows or care models and become stewards of their laboratory data and test ordering."
The secure EMR updates on associated patients will improve MHN's ability to provide integrated care by addressing gaps in patient information and initiating timely preventive action for chronic illnesses. For example, elevated blood sugar levels may prompt the care team to reconsider medicines and therapies to prevent diabetes, heart disease, or stroke
"This is a game-changer for our federally qualified health center (FQHC) members, the health systems and hospitals we work with, and the patients and families they serve," Bhatt stated.