Using technology to make a positive impact on total health
At Brown & Toland, investing in health means investing in technology. Technology is an inherent part of how we live our mission, making a positive impact on health — both for our patients and for the doctors who care for them.
We have devoted extensive resources to creating platforms and electronic tools that are central to care management, physician interaction and collaboration.
Electronic health record
The blueprint stage of our electronic health record (EHR) dates back more than a decade. When it launched in 2005, we were among the first medical groups in the country to use what has since become an essential tool.
Our optimization program drives adoption of best practices in EHR use. We consult with our doctors on how they use the EHR to enhance operational efficiency, support clinical quality, capture and provide clinical and administrative data and support network integration.
Brown & Toland also is supporting our physicians in meeting Meaningful Use requirements set by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid. The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs provide financial incentives for the “meaningful use” of certified EHR technology to improve patient care.
Clinical integration through Health Information Exchange
The health information exchange (HIE) platform we built is the cornerstone of clinical integration. At the hub is the multi-faceted data warehouse we created to securely store millions of pieces of healthcare information. This health information exchange gives primary care physicians, specialists, hospitals and ancillary providers across the San Francisco Bay Area faster access to data, so they have a fuller picture of each patient’s health at the point of care.
Secure and HIPAA-compliant, our health information exchange helps prevent duplicate test orders and medication errors. Our doctors can work together to coordinate care, which results in a better patient experience and health outcomes.
Unique to Brown & Toland, our HIE systems enable us to bring the benefits of clinical integration to all our patients — whether they are enrolled in an HMO or PPO plan.
Population health management
Our comprehensive and rich set of tools for supporting the health of diverse populations includes predictive analytics. We also offer a patient portal through which Brown & Toland physicians and their patients can request appointments, fill prescriptions and get real-time health updates, including lab results, medication lists and immunization updates.