Lumetra, a San Francisco-based independent healthcare organization, recently launched Illumisys, a new business division focused on health-IT. Illumisys will provide EHR implementation, EHR, and practice management consulting, and education and training services to physicians and medical organizations desiring to transform their organizations through the adoption and use of technology.
"Our targeted audience represents specialists, IPAs, MSOs, and medium-sized practices," says John Weir, managing director at Illumisys. "We want to help physicians gain peace of mind by addressing the need for EHR awareness, implementing EHR systems with a focus on using these tools for quality healthcare and office efficiency."
Illumisys' core competencies stem from the team's pioneering work as the national lead on the groundbreaking, four-state Doctor's Office Quality – Information Technology (DOQ-IT) Program and their experience with systems implementation. The primary focus of DOQ-IT was to assist small- and medium-sized primary care physician offices in adopting EHR systems, and it achieved twice the average national rate of EHR system adoption over the course of the two-year project. The DOQ-IT Program and methodology resulted in an EHR adoption rate of 30 percent among participants in California, compared to the national average of just 17.6 percent.
Illumisys has broadened and deepened the DOQ-IT program and offers customers practical implementation tools and consulting services designed to help staff become self-sustaining as they better utilize their EMR system, realize benefits, and track outcomes. "The comprehensive education and training products are based on the EHR Roadmap and help physicians build a computer literate workforce and teach them how to assess their practice workflow," says Dawn Weathersby, R.N., project manager. "In addition, the community collaborative Web site allows participants to share information and provides physicians with an opportunity to talk with other physicians."
Cost is a barrier to physicians, but Illumisys fills a niche between what is provided by programs such as DOQ-IT and service provided by large consulting firms. According to Weir, Illumisys is dedicated to providing competitive pricing by leveraging partnerships and providing an a la carte pricing structure that gives practices choices based on their needs.Illumisys is prepared to help practices implement the right EHR solution and those integrating current health information technology systems. In doing this, they believe they will help healthcare professionals dramatically improve the care and safety of their patients, their readiness for pay-for-performance initiatives, administrative efficiency, and population-based reporting capabilities. Illumisys seems to be an attractive option for physicians needing some assistance in this area.