Wellsheet is changing the way clinicians interact with the electronic health record (EHR). Its platform-agnostic, predictive clinical-workflow platform uses Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) application program interfaces (API) to work within existing EHRs to surface the most relevant clinical content for physicians. Since launching in 2015, Wellsheet has integrated with Cerner and Epic to revolutionize the EHR experience in health systems and is now addressing ambulatory services and outpatient care. Wellsheet is so effective that physicians have reduced the amount of time they spend in EHRs by over 40%.1 KLAS research has found that 86% of Wellsheet’s users are highly satisfied and 100% of customers would buy Wellsheet again.
Wellsheet’s latest partnership with AllianceChicago (AC) marks yet another milestone for the company. AC is a health center-controlled and practice-based research network that supports Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) across the United States. There are currently over 1,250 FQHCs in 20 states, which serve up to 3.5 million patients. FQHCs are unique because they serve communities with an acute need for proper healthcare, including urban and rural populations, low-income and uninsured individuals, racial and ethnic minorities, the LGBTQ community, and refugee and homeless populations. The partnership with AC also includes a Wellsheet integration with athenaOne, athenahealth’s cloud-based suite of EHRs. Athenahealth is one of the leading EHR providers addressing ambulatory services in the country.
“Community health centers provide health care for approximately 28 million people throughout the United States”, said Dr. Fred Rachman, CEO of AC, and AC aims to improve personal, community, and public health through innovative collaboration. “We see Wellsheet as a strategic partner and innovator in improving a clinician’s engagement with the EHR. Its leading-edge technology will reduce time in the EHR, improve clinician efficiency, and provide well-informed clinical decisions to improve outcomes.”
“Partnering with AllianceChicago allows Wellsheet to reach a large volume of community health centers,” said Craig Limoli, CEO and founder of Wellsheet. The collaboration ensures that ambulatory centers and underserved communities will have access to a clinician-friendly predictive clinical workflow platform that can integrate, prioritize, and present data in a manner that places the patient at the forefront. The outcome is better patient care, and we’re pleased to partner with Dr. Rachman and the AC team to bring Wellsheet to underserved communities across the country that are under tremendous pressure today due to patient volume, physician burnout and worker shortages.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has stressed the American health care system to an unprecedented level. In 2020, the American Medical Association conducted a national survey of almost 21,000 health care practitioners. Among the respondents, women, Black and Latinx health professionals, and allied health care workers, such as speech therapists, occupational therapists, and social workers, were more likely to suffer from work-related stress and anxiety.2,3 An alarming 49% of primary care practitioners reported feelings of burnout.2
The Agency for Health Research and Quality estimates that there are 68–84 primary care physicians per 100,000 people in the United States; however, the majority are based in urban areas, whereas only 4.2% serve rural, remote, and frontier communities.4 The mismatch between physician supply and demand is a major driver of physician burnout. Primary care clinicians in underserved communities are especially overworked and overburdened.
Wellsheet offers a unique and highly effective solution because its groundbreaking machine-learning algorithms can identify and organize the most relevant clinical information into a predictive and intuitive workflow. It can also integrate recommendations from best practice guidelines and risk score calculators with patient information to provide contextualized decision support. The result is an optimized, problem-driven snapshot of each patient’s conditions in real time. These features are particularly important for high-volume centers, which have an especially high need for customizable productivity tools that enable quick access to the right clinical data.
“Improvements in information technology will enhance the patient and provider experience by allowing FQHCs to deliver high quality primary care in underserved communities across the nation,” said Dr. George Sigounas, the administrator for the US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration.
AC oversees 114 million patient visits across 8,000 service delivery sites annually. Wellsheet’s ability to pull key patient data from multiple data sources will allow AC’s primary care providers to deliver up-to-date, relevant, and exacting care. Wellsheet’s fully cloud-based and web-delivered architecture also ensures that all information, as well as system features and updates, are deployed with no system downtime or analyst effort.
Wellsheet is currently integrated with Cerner and Epic, and the integration with athenahealth will be available during the first quarter of 2022. Click here to watch a video of Dr. Fred Rachman of AllianceChicago addressing their strategic partnership with Wellsheet or here to learn more about how Wellsheet is transforming the EHR experience for primary care physicians in underserved communities, or for a 1:1 demo on how you can customize and simplify your EHR experience.
Craig Limoli is CEO and founder of Wellsheet. Craig founded Wellsheet to transform the physician experience with the EHR and to change the way clinicians treat patients by adding intelligence to medical records. Wellsheet uses machine learning to predict what clinicians need to know at the point of care, presenting an intuitive view of the most meaningful clinical data. Follow @Wellsheet_inc or @craiglimoli.