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5 Questions with Chris Oubre | Covenant Surgical Partners & gGastro™

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Covenant Surgical Partners, headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., is a privately held owner and operator of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), anatomic pathology laboratories, anesthesia entities and physician practices across the country. Covenant implemented gMed’s gGastro clinical system in multiple phases starting with all of their gastroenterology centers. The project then extended across all other clinical lines of business as well as a full replacement of their financial billing systems, which is currently in process.

We sat down with Chris Oubre, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Covenant, who shared some more information.

Q: What are some of the key benefits of gGastro?
Chris: gGastro is a specialty specific, enterprise-wide ASC solution providing standardization across multiple locations. The result? Improved operational effectiveness. Equally important to note is the real-time data integration which helps optimize workflow and the ease-of-use increases efficiencies.

Q: Explain how the specialty-specific solutions enhance workflow.
C: gMed’s solutions are designed by a team of gastroenterology and ASC experts and are customizable to reflect the unique workflow required by Covenant’s ASCs and other clinical organizations. gGastro includes both an electronic health record (EHR) system and endoscopy report writer (ERW) and it allows for interoperability between Meaningful Use compliant platforms.

Q: How has this transition improved patient outcomes?
C: It has eliminated duplicate entries, streamlined our operations and allows our physicians, clinicians and operators to access real-time data. This helps them make better decisions, which improves patient outcomes and leads to a healthier business.

Q: When will this transformation be complete?
C: We implemented gMed’s gGastro clinical system in multiple phases starting with all of our gastroenterology centers. The project then extended across all other clinical lines of business as well as a full replacement of their financial billing systems, which is currently in process. This transformation, on track to be completed by July 2016, will ultimately create a standard software platform across more than 55 entities.

Q: What are your predictions for the future?
C: The future is a bright one. gMed’s integrated practice management system, patient engagement platform and data analysis and benchmarking tool offer a complete gastro-specific suite, and Covenant plans to continue implementing gMed’s clinical and financial system across its enterprise.

For more information and to see product demos, please visit gMed at Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) booth 217 from May 19-22 in Dallas; at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) booth 3626 from May 22-24 in San Diego; the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (SGNA) booth 331 from May 22-24 in Seattle; and at www.gMed.com.