Tarrytown, NY – July 20, 2009, ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP (ENTA) announced today that it has expanded the implementation of its state-of-the-art Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system to 10 of its 30 practice site locations that span New York City, Long Island, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Orange Counties and northern New Jersey. All of our Westchester, Putnam, Orange County and Bronx sites are now fully operational.
EMR allows ENTA physicians to efficiently and accurately navigate through a patient encounter from start to finish. With it, the physician is able to obtain a patient’s history, reported issue, do a physical exam, perform any needed procedures, plan for a patient’s continued treatment, then store and print out all the information for easy access and transfer to other medical resources, as needed.
Dr. Wayne Eisman, President of ENTA, stated “As always, our Practice is first and foremost about providing superior care. We firmly believe that the availability of EMR in our offices will greatly enhance our ability to deliver on that promise, with added convenience and safety to our patient population.”
Successful implementation of EMR requires an enormous commitment of resources, expertise and infrastructure. For ENTA, this has meant a substantial investment in staff and equipment. Specifically, ENTA created an ‘EMR Swat Team’ consisting of Project Managers, Implementation Specialists, and Training Coordinators, who act in seamless coordination with ENTA’s Information Technology (IT) Department. In total, the team is responsible for developing, implementing and training the various populations requiring knowledge and expertise. As a result of this, and other initiatives, ENTA has actually increased its work force substantially over the past 12 months, in spite of the economic challenges that all of Westchester County (and the nation) has faced. In fact, the Practice now employs a non-physician staff of 234 people in Westchester County, a +10% increase vs the same period year ago (Practice-wide, ENTA has increased its non-physician staff to 528, a +12% year-to-year increase).
Robert Glazer, CEO of ENTA, commented “EMR is an extensive and expensive undertaking, but well worth its costs in the long term, given the enormous benefits it provides to our Practice, the entire medical community we are a part of, and most importantly the growing patient population we serve. I fully expect that we will continue to add to the staffs of our EMR and IT departments as we continue to meet the challenges involved in further implementation. In a very real sense, EMR represents the best of all worlds&hellip,better patient care and safety, better connectivity among the medical community, and a true business opportunity. In fact, we are strongly considering decoupling the Information Technology division into a separate enterprise and offering its terrific services to physicians outside our practice.”
The 30 offices of ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP have a clinical alliance with the Mount Sinai Medical Center for the treatment of diseases of the head and neck, and a partnership with the American Cancer Society for disseminating information regarding the cessation of smoking.
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