Improving Efficiency and Saving Time by Implementing gMed’s Gastroenterology Software
Dr. Jurkovic shares his success in using a gastroenterology EHR
Serving the Kankakee, Will, Cook and Iroquois County areas of Illinois, Digestive Diseases Consultants specializes in the diseases of the digestive tract, pancreas and liver. Our practice includes nine providers who believe in compassionate medicine and providing high-quality patient care. One of the factors that contribute to our success includes utilizing the gastroenterology software suite from gMed®, a Modernizing Medicine® company. This suite includes the gastroenterology electronic health records (EHR) system gGastro®, as well as the gPM™ Practice Management solution and gMed’s Endoscopy Report Writer (ERW).
Selecting gMed for Our Gastroenterology EHR & Beyond
As a practice, we initially selected another system with the understanding that it would integrate our practice and ambulatory surgery center (ASC) locations. Unfortunately, that functionality did not exist, so we discontinued its use and discovered gMed.
We wanted one integrated system across all locations that would streamline communication, facilitate access to patient information and help simplify reporting for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Once we saw a demo of gGastro, we knew it was the right choice for the practice.
We started using the server-based version of gGastro, and then we transitioned to the cloud. The cloud-based platform enables seamless access to patient information from virtually anywhere with an internet connection. Now, I can leave the office earlier and complete work from home.
Focusing on Patient Care
The gGastro suite streamlines my workflow and makes ordering labs, x-rays and prescriptions easy. The efficiency and cost savings gained decreased my stress and saved me time.
As gastroenterologists, we receive multiple administrative tasks per day, on top of treating our patients. With the gGastro suite, we can easily access, prioritize and execute tasks throughout the day, with little to no work to take home after hours.
The portability gGastro provides is a huge benefit because I treat patients in a variety of different environments. I can access patient records, view previous diagnoses and locate pharmacy information with ease. When I’m on call or at the hospital, I can open gCharge™ from my cell phone and quickly enter charges. Before, I had to remember to enter this information later, which left room for error and potential revenue loss. gCharge saves time and helps me get paid for the work I performed.
As a physician, I know I can focus on my patients in the exam room with gMed’s technology.
Driving MIPS Performance
gMed plays a huge role in helping to simplify our MIPS reporting. The solutions suggest codes automatically and track practice performance, which can be used to help with MIPS success. Our practice also utilizes gAdvisor™, gMed’s consultative services, to help us prepare for and navigate MIPS reporting.
Not only is the technology easy to use, but gMed’s customer service and MIPS teams have been instrumental in our staff’s understanding of the reporting system. All of our physicians received an estimated score in the 95 to 97 range. I can finally focus more on my patients than I have been able to in years, and that makes our practice successful—we are full-time doctors again.
Why Use Any Other Gastroenterology Software?
gGastro is designed for what we do as gastroenterologists, and that makes our lives easier. Why would we use anything else? We wouldn’t implement a cardiology EHR solution and try to make it work for GI. Also, gMed gathers input from practicing gastroenterologists, and they use it to improve the software. Having a single-specialty platform proves invaluable and one of the reasons we’ll continue to use gGastro.
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Key Benefits Experienced Using gMed’s Gastroenterology Software Solutions
- Improved efficiency with a gastroenterology EHR platform
- Saved time by transitioning to the cloud
- Facilitated communication among staff and patients
- Achieved high estimated MIPS scores
Edward J. Jurkovic, DO, FACOI, AGAF
Dr. Jurkovic joined Digestive Diseases Consultants of Kankakee in 1996. He attended Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in Chicago, Ill., where he earned his Doctor of Osteopath medical degree and completed his post-graduate training with a fellowship in gastroenterology.
A board-certified gastroenterologist, Dr. Jurkovic is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterology Association, American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American College of Physicians, American Osteopathic Association, Illinois Academy of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, American College of Osteopathic Internists, Illinois State Medical Society and Kankakee County Medical Society.
His current hospital affiliations include St. Mary’s Hospital, Riverside Medical Center and Silver Cross Hospital. Learn more about Dr. Jurkovic.