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Media Contact: Tom Grant

Published on May 14, 2010

Adventist HealthCare Program to Help Community Physicians Implement Electronic Medical Records

Program Provides Subsidized, State-of-the-Art Technology to Local Practices

Rockville, MD - Adventist HealthCare this week brought together more than 300 health care providers to help them understand the coming changes with electronic medical records (EMR) and to offer an easy and affordable way to implement systems at their practices.

The May 11 informational and training seminar in Rockville was part of the launch of a new program by Adventist HealthCare called Ambulatory Care EMR Support (ACES). The program offers subsidized medical record software to physician practices in Montgomery County, Maryland and surrounding areas.

"Adventist HealthCare is committed to improving the health of people and communities," said William G. "Bill" Robertson, president and CEO of Adventist HealthCare. "Electronic medical records are an important part of bringing health care into the digital age. As we implement new digital technologies in our facilities, we are pleased to help our community physicians implement this important tool in their practices."

Adventist has partnered with two EMR software companies, eClinicalWorks and Allscripts, for this initiative. eClinicalWorks' EMR and practice management (PM) software solutions have been utilized for a variety of market segments including Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), Electronic Health Records of Rhode Island (EHRRI) and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, as well as medium, small and solo practices.

Many health care leaders have pointed to the multiple patient safety and quality care benefits provided by EMR, including reductions in medical errors, improved communication among care providers and increased accessibility of patient information and data throughout the health care system.

Until now, most of the focus on EMRs has been at the hospital level. However, attention is now turning to the smaller, community physician practices, which will have to invest significant time and money to keep pace with the changing technology.

Last year's stimulus package, called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, included penalties and incentives for physician practices to implement EMR by 2015. EMRs were also an important part of the health care reform debate, which culminated with U.S. President Barack Obama signing legislation in March.

"We recognize that for physicians and other health care providers, EMRs are an important part of medicine in the future," explained Dr. Gaurov Dayal, Chief Medical Officer for Adventist HealthCare. "ACES aims to provide physicians in our community with technology that will benefit patients and practices. By helping our physicians implement EMRs, Adventist HealthCare furthers its goal of providing high quality and cost-effective care to our patients."

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, Shady Grove Adventist Germantown Emergency Center, Washington Adventist Hospital, Adventist Behavioral Health, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Adventist Senior Living Services, Adventist Home Health Services and the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children.


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