What You Should Know:
– In a move aimed at alleviating Arizona’s critical shortage of healthcare providers, Spectrum Healthcare, one of the state’s largest non-profit healthcare providers, has joined forces with NextGen Healthcare, a provider of cloud-based technology solutions.
– This strategic partnership marks a significant step towards improving access to integrated mind-body care for Arizonans, particularly in underserved communities.
A Growing Need for Whole-Person Care
Arizona faces a stark reality: 82 areas in the state lack adequate medical resources, and over 2.8 million residents live in communities struggling with a dearth of mental health professionals. Spectrum Healthcare, dedicated to serving these very communities for nearly six decades, understands the urgency of the situation.
“We are committed to providing accessible, whole-person care to all Arizonans,” says April Rhodes, CEO of Spectrum Healthcare. “Partnering with NextGen Healthcare allows us to leverage innovative technology solutions to elevate our care delivery and address the critical shortage of healthcare providers.”
Technology as the Bridge
NextGen Healthcare’s suite of cloud-based solutions, including the NextGen® Enterprise electronic health record (EHR), practice management (PM), and Population Health Solutions, will equip Spectrum Healthcare with powerful tools to streamline operations, improve interoperability, and optimize clinical and financial performance. This, in turn, translates into better resource utilization and the potential to reach more patients, particularly in underserved areas.
“Spectrum Healthcare’s dedication to serving their communities aligns perfectly with our mission to empower healthcare providers through innovative technology,” says Srinivas (Sri) Velamoor, President and Chief Operating Officer of NextGen Healthcare. “Together, we are confident in making a lasting impact throughout Arizona by creating greater access to care.”
Beyond Technology: A Holistic Approach
Spectrum Healthcare’s commitment to whole-person care extends beyond technology. In addition to its seven brick-and-mortar locations across Arizona, the organization offers telehealth and in-home services, operates mobile crisis teams, and partners with local schools to provide on-campus student care. This comprehensive approach ensures that vulnerable populations have access to the full spectrum of healthcare services they need, regardless of their location or circumstances.