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Media Contact: Cindy Glass

Published on June 26, 2012

Adventist HealthCare Program for Physicians to Implement EHRs Achieves Accreditations for High Quality Standards

ACES Program Recognized by Maryland Health Care Commission for National MSO Status

Rockville, MD - Physicians who need to switch from paper records to electronic health records (EHR) can turn to one solution -- Adventist HealthCare’s ACES Program -- that meets both national and state standardsfor high-quality business practices and patient privacy.

ACES (Ambulatory Care Electronic Health Records Solution) offers EHR implementation and expert guidance to affiliated physicians of Adventist HealthCare, which includes Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist hospitals. The program has been awarded the Maryland Health Care Commission(MHCC) Management Service Organization (MSO) State Designation. It has also achieved full accreditation with the Management Service Organization Accreditation Program (MSOAP) from the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC).

“The designations mean that physicians who need help implementing electronic records for their practices can continue to trust ACES for expert guidance to implement a high-quality, low-cost EHR, qualify for government subsidies, and meet meaningful use criteria that will ultimately help them improve the quality of patient care,” said Arumani Manisundaram, Adventist HealthCare’s Director of Connected Health, which includes the ACES Program and the organization’s Health Information Exchange (HIE).

The MHCC designation recognizes ACES’ national accreditation as an MSO. The designation also means that ACES has met a number of national and state standards intended to ensure high-quality business operations, and the existence of sound privacy and security policies.

“The Maryland Health Care Commission looks forward to our continued partnership with Adventist HealthCare’s ACES Program to address the challenges associated with provider adoption of electronic health records,” notes Sarah Orth, Chief of Health Information Technology.

As an EHNAC MSOAP-accredited organization, ACES was evaluated in the areas of privacy and security,technical performance, business practices and organizational resources.

ACES is also how Adventist HealthCare is coordinating its system-wide Adventist HealthCare HIE to connect affiliated physicians to essential patient information including medications, allergies, problem lists, laboratory results, immunization histories, radiology reports, as well as information from the health system’s inpatient EMR.

Adventist HealthCare is an integrated health care delivery organization based in Rockville, Maryland, is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland. 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. For more information about ACES, visit

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) is a voluntary, self-governing standards development organization (SDO) established to develop standard criteria and accredit organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data. These entities include electronic health networks, payers, financial services firms, health information exchanges and e-prescribing solution providers. To learn more, visit or contact