ELKO, Nev., Dec. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- For 64 years, The Elko Clinic has served patients in this rural northeast Nevada town of roughly 20,000, providing family-oriented specialty care including internal and occupational medicine, pediatrics, surgical procedures and the treatment of work-related injuries. Committed throughout its history to obtaining the latest in medical technology and equipment toward achieving optimum patient outcomes, a debilitating 2003 accident-related injury to a then-practicing physician prompted the clinic to also automate its paper-based medical records and practice management functions.
"The accident transformed our internist into a paraplegic, requiring our practice to move into a more accessible space which we leased from a local hospital," recounted Tami Kiehn, The Elko Clinic's manager. "We were unable to transport all of our paper-based records, which necessitated the purchase and implementation of a practice management and electronic medical records system. We eventually would have gone electronic; the need for a more handicapped-accessible facility quickened the process," she said.
The Elko Clinic engaged Acermed, a medical value-added reseller (VAR), to install and support the system, which it did until that company closed its doors in 2007. It wasn't until then, when it switched to MedInformatix Inc.'s open architecture SQL-based Practice Management (PM) and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) solution, when the clinic attained markedly enhanced claims processes and recordkeeping efficiencies that dramatically improved accounts receivable and contributed to sizable cost savings.
More than 30 percent of The Elko Clinic's accounts receivable were 120 days or older before its move to the MedInformatix solution. Only 1 percent of the practice's accounts receivable now fall into that categ