Vidant Health Adopts Proficient Health Solution for Referral Management

• Cloud-based service will eliminate paper and streamline how the health system manages clinical orders faxed by physicians.

GREENSBORO, N.C. – January 7, 2013 – Today Proficient Health, a privately held company specializing in information technology solutions for the healthcare industry, announced that the company has been selected by Vidant Health to automate how physician orders are received and managed.
Proficient Orders, a cloud-based service from Proficient Health, will be used system-wide by nine Vidant hospitals serving 29 counties and 1.4 million people in eastern North Carolina. Among them is Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

The 110,000 faxed pages of referrals the health system receives each month will be captured automatically by Proficient Orders as electronic images – easy to track, access and share online through a secure Web portal. Images also will be available for export to the health system’s electronic medical records platform as part of a patient’s personal health record.

Albemarle Health and Vidant Roanoke-Chowan hospitals, both part of Vidant Health, have been using Proficient Orders for about two years. The decision to adopt the service system-wide was based on the significant benefits realized by both facilities. Patient access professionals say the solution has saved time and has eliminated problems with lost or misplaced paper. Instead each order arrives in an online inbox where it is easily located, retrieved and managed with a few simple keystrokes.

“Proficient Orders is a simple, easy-to-use solution that delivers powerful benefits,” says Roy Lewis, administrator of patient access services for Vidant Medical Center. “By capturing faxes electronically, we have broader access to information from the moment it is received. Experience shows it will help us reduce costs, improve customer service and streamline the process we use to keep patient files on our electronic medical records platform up to date. It will also solve the communication challenges associated with any electronic medical records platform – helping us communicate seamlessly with providers who use a different system or haven’t yet adopted electronic records technology. ”

The Proficient Health solution for Vidant Health is expected to go live by January.

About Vidant Health
Vidant Health, a mission-driven, not-for-profit corporation, owns, leases or has a majority membership interest in nine eastern North Carolina hospitals and has a management agreement with one other. The health system includes Albemarle Health, Vidant Beaufort Hospital, Vidant Bertie Hospital, Vidant Chowan Hospital, Vidant Duplin Hospital, Vidant Edgecombe Hospital, The Outer Banks Hospital, Vidant Medical Center, Vidant Pungo Hospital, Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Vidant Home Health and Hospice, Vidant Wellness Centers, Vidant Medical Group. For more information, visit www.vidanthealth.com.

About Proficient Health
Proficient Health is a healthcare information technology company using software to turn cumbersome, paper-based processes into an efficient flow of information. Our affordable, online services connect physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers – helping them gather data on strategic trends, improve service and care delivery, drive down costs, speed reimbursement and get more out of their electronic medical records platform.