NextGen Healthcare Launches Enhanced Patient Portal
New language capabilities help providers improve collaborative care, meet MU2 requirements and better engage with diverse patient populations
HORSHAM, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. (NAS: QSII) and a leading provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions, announced today the launch of the new NextGen® Patient Portal, now available in Spanish and two dialects of Chinese in addition to its original platform in English.
Patient portals have gained significant attention from healthcare providers as Stage 2 Meaningful Use requires eligible professionals to ensure more than 50 percent of patients are provided online access to their health information and that at least five percent of their patient population view, download or transmit their health information to a third party.
NextGen Patient Portal promotes an interactive continuum of care between the patient and practice, facilitating effective electronic communication and clinical data exchange. It allows physicians to connect and communicate with patients online and seamlessly imports structured data directly into the NextGen® Ambulatory EHR in a secure and compliant manner.
The latest version of the NextGen Patient Portal incorporates Spanish and two dialects of Chinese (simplified and traditional), allowing for new and current clients to provide more culturally competent communication with diverse populations and also aiding in more effective care coordination and patient engagement. This sets the stage for the inclusion of additional languages into the platform in the future.
The Portal can be used to respond to patient requests for an electronic copy of health information, including diagnostic test results, problem lists, medication lists and allergies. Additionally, it can be used to send secure messages; coordinate patient appointments; manage chronic conditions; and, send/receive information such as forms, documents, updates, and emails. This level of patient interaction also fosters the meeting of the Meaningful Use Stage 1 and Stage 2 criteria for engaging patients in their healthcare.
The Portal also helps improve an organization's administrative efficiency by enabling electronic communications thereby reducing phone calls and paperwork, and cutting costs on printing and postage.
Dr. Felix Carpio, medical director of clinical informatics, with AltaMed, Southern California's leading nonprofit health care system, explains: "As we engage patients with new technologies, offering these in their primary languages eliminates barriers and provides a great step forward in the cultural sensitivity necessary to help patients stay involved with their health."
"Communication with patients is vital to delivering high-quality care. As providers and patients embrace online access to their health information in today's digital age, the demands on practices to provide better care coordination and chronic disease management have never been greater," said Michel Lovett, executive vice president and general manager for NextGen Healthcare. "Having the necessary tools available for our clients to provide culturally sensitive care to their diverse patient populations is essential to their success in engaging their patients and meeting Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements."
About NextGen Healthcare
NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc., provides integrated clinical, connectivity and financial solutions, including revenue cycle management services for ambulatory, inpatient and dental provider organizations. For more information, please visit www.nextgen.com and www.qsii.com. Follow NextGen Healthcare on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nextgen, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NextGenHealthcare or LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/nextgen-healthcare-information-systems.
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