CHICAGO and JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 28, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Diversified Clinical Services, Inc. (DCS), the world’s largest wound care management services provider, will provide an ONC-ATCB-certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management solution from Allscripts (NASDAQ: MDRX) as part of i-heal 2.0(R), a clinical productivity solution being developed for use by DCS’ network of over 325 hospitals and 2,600 physicians.

The new i-heal 2.0 will leverage DCS’ unrivaled scope and scale, and the proven technological expertise and innovation leadership of Allscripts to further improve patient outcomes and enhance operational efficiencies. i-heal 2.0 will include:

  • The Allscripts Electronic Health Record and Practice Management solution customized for wound care
  • Real-time wound care specific clinical decision support
  • DCS’ clinical algorithms and workflows
  • Outcomes tracking and quality reporting

i-heal 2.0 is an important clinical component of DCS’ integrated technology suite, which includes referral development, clinical research and benchmarking, business analytics, human resources management, among a variety of other unique technologies and processes.

i-heal 2.0 will allow for secure and efficient connectivity between Wound Care Centers in DCS’ Network and virtually all hospital-based EHR systems. i-heal 2.0 will integrate the Allscripts solution with DCS’ evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines to deliver a real-time clinical decision support system, giving providers the information they need, when they need it, to effectively treat wound patients. Hospital-based Wound Care Centers in DCS’ clinical network will also have the unique advantage of meeting all “meaningful use” provisions soon to be required of Medicaid and Medicare providers who seek to qualify for EHR incentive payments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

“i-heal 2.0 will provide an unmatched best-in-class ambulatory EHR and practice management solution seamlessly integrated with outcomes tracking and benchmarking capabilities, dramatically increasing the quantity and quality of the information we are able to gather on the effectiveness of different wound healing approaches,” said Jeff Nelson, Chief Executive Officer of Diversified Clinical Services. “This will help us accelerate the pace of improvement in both the quality of care and cost-effectiveness of treating the over seven million Americans suffering from chronic wounds today. We chose to partner with Allscripts, not only because of the success they’ve had enhancing the quality of care and removing costs for 180,000 physicians, but also for their ability to connect with all major inpatient EHR systems used in hospitals nationwide.”

“As the recognized leader in wound care services, DCS is taking the next step toward improving the mobility, quality of life and overall well-being of patients with chronic wounds,” said Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. “By combining the clinical and operational expertise of DCS and the health information technology leadership of Allscripts, our alliance creates a powerful tool to assist providers in this highly specialized field, while enabling physicians to qualify for meaningful use.”

Dell will host the Allscripts Electronic Health Record and Practice Management solution for DCS using a secure datacenter, simplifying the technical configuration required at the Wound Care Centers and ensuring 24/7 enterprise-level support and information security.