Enabling the Transition to Value-Based Care with EHR Integrated Health Calculators

Enabling the Transition to Value-Based Care with EHR Integrated Health Calculators


Value-based care was created to help with rising health care costs, clinical inefficiency, and to make it easier for people to get the care they need. In value-based models, physicians and hospitals are compensated for their efforts to keep people healthy and aiding those with chronic conditions in a cost-effective and evidence-based way. Value-based care is designed around patients. Healthcare groups narrow in on individual needs, whether those are preventive, chronic or acute.

An electronic health record (EHR) can gather and organize all this stuff for clinicians. But what does it all mean to patients? Physicians are always looking for ways to make patient education more meaningful to help improve outcomes. They want to translate EHR information into knowledge that will help bring better health. To help bring meaning to EHR data, Galen Healthcare Solutions developed eCalcs integrated health calculators using Allscripts Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).

Given healthcare reform and the rapid shift from traditional Fee-for-Service to Value-Based Care, eCalcs enables organizations to meet several quality programs. There are 15 calculators that meet 43 quality measures under programs such as MACRA:

  • Quality Payment Program (QPP)
  • Merit Incentive Program (MIPS)
  • Alternative Payment Models (APMs)
  • Physician Quality Reporting (PQRS)
  • Accountable Care Organization (ACO)
  • Comprehensive Primary Care Plus
  • Patient Centered Medical Home (PMCH)

In addition, the calculators and questionnaires utilize SNOMED, LOINC, and ICD-driven codification values to optimize core EMR integration capabilities while satisfying quality initiatives inputs.

There are a number of health calculators currently online – such as the Framingham Risk Calculator – that give context to patient data. They make it easy to show patients how changes can reduce risk; if you stop smoking, you’ll live longer. But clinicians have to manually enter patient data into the calculators. Despite the potential insights gained, it simply takes too much time. Galen’s eCalcs auto-populates info from a patient’s chart stored in the EHR directly into the calculator. The clinician can then easily use the risk calculators to share information with patients in a relatable way at the point of care.

While the human element of healthcare will never become obsolete, integrated clinical calculators and, more broadly, clinical decision support systems are an invaluable asset to care providers. Download our whitepaper Outcomes Improvement and ROI Through EHR Integrated Health Calculators,’ to learn how our eCalcs solution can help your organization.

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