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Published on March 29, 2012

Maryland Secretary of Health to Speak to Physicians about Electronic Health Records at First Annual ACES Conference

Adventist HealthCare to Unveil Pilot Health Information Exchange

Rockville, MD –The Secretary of Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will deliver the keynote address this week to physicians at Adventist HealthCare’s first Annual Ambulatory Care EHR Support (ACES) Program, User Group Conference. The event will take place Thursday, March 29, at the Woodmont Country Club in Rockville.

Secretary Joshua Sharfstein, M.D. and other health-care experts will address the conference about various topics concerning advanced use of electronic health records (EHRs) and showcase practices that have successfully implemented eClinicalWorks under the ACES Program. Dr. Sharfstein will speak at 3 p.m. to more than 200 providers from the region.

The ACES Program was established by Adventist HealthCare in 2010 to help outpatient physicians implement EHRs in their practices. Since its launch, the program has grown to include more than 100 physicians. The program is aimed at giving providers shared electronic access to the patient data needed in order to deliver coordinated care that is focused on the prevention and management of chronic disease.

“Programs like ACES help us fulfill our mission of delivering population-based care to ensure the wellness of the communities we serve,” said William G. “Bill” Robertson, President and CEO of Adventist HealthCare. “By partnering with physicians through this program, we are able to improve care coordination and reach patients at all stages of their health-care experience.”

The User Group Conference will also unveil the newest phase of ACES -- Adventist HealthCare’s pilot launch of its Health Information Exchange (HIE). The HIE will give physicians a way to automatically share patient records between their offices, Adventist HealthCare hospitals and aligned clinics. This will improve the access that patients have to their health information and allow more effective data exchange among the providers who care for them.

The initial ACES HIE go-live involved more than 40,000 patients and eight providers at a local primary care practice.

“The ACES program and our HIE make it possible to deliver coordinated care to patients because health information from doctors’ offices, hospitals, clinics, labs, radiology centers and other health-care providers is now available in one place through secure, electronic means,” said Arumani Manisundaram, Director of Connected Health for Adventist HealthCare. “As we look toward the future, we see this as an important way to achieve a continuum of care to deliver high-quality wellness and health services at an affordable cost to our community.”

For more information about Adventist HealthCare’s ACES Program, including upcoming events, visit

About ACES - Adventist HealthCare’s ACES Program is designed to help outpatient physicians implement electronic health records in their practices in order to improve the quality of patient care across the continuum and deliver operational efficiencies. Through ACES, outpatient physicians may choose from the proven solutions available through a nationally recognized vendor, which cover the needs of a full spectrum of practice specialties - from obstetrics to cardiology to pediatrics - for practices of all sizes to measure outcomes and achieve quality improvements.

Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health care delivery organization based in Rockville, Maryland, is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland. The mission of Adventist HealthCare is to demonstrate God’s care by improving the health of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing. Adventist HealthCare includes Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Washington Adventist Hospital, Adventist Behavioral Health Services, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Adventist Home Care Services, the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children, and LifeWork Strategies.

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