Ethidium Health Systems Powers Medical Record Network
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System facilitates care for tens of thousands of patients in multiple states
HUNTINGDON VALLEY, PA March 14, 2005 – Ethidium Health Systems, a leading developer of clinical information management software and services, today announced that it has successfully deployed its clinical software in 16 Take Care Health Systems (TCHS) locations in Portland, OR and Kansas City, KS and MO. Using web technology and open standards (including HL7), the seamlessly integrated patient kiosk and electronic medical record (EMR) solution connects nurse practitioners, patients, pharmacists, collaborating physicians, billing professionals, and technical staff to one secure, real-time medical record sharing network that spans four different states.
Ethidium customized its E-Health Platform for Take Care Health Systems to enable their nurse practitioners to have secure, instant access to the medical records of any patient seen at any of their many convenient locations. With Ethidium’s technology, patients can now sign-in to be seen by a nurse practitioner using a user-friendly kiosk in the pharmacy, and their information will automatically be updated in the EMR as well as corporate billing systems. The integrated solution delivers point-of-care documentation using guidelines, ePrescribing with formulary and drug interaction checking, document scanning, automated coding, credit card processing, discharge instruction generation, and more.
“EHS quickly delivered a suite of clinical applications to Take Care that enhances their productivity and enables patients to gain access to high quality, affordable healthcare” stated Matias Klein, President and Chief Technology Officer of Ethidium Health Systems. Take Care operates Take Care Health Centers inside retail pharmacies. Take Care currently has 16 locations – seven inside Rite Aid in Portland, Oregon and nine in Osco Drug stores in Kansas City, KS and MO. Take Care has deployed Ethidium’s technology in all these locations. Take Care recently announced plans to open 1400 centers by the end of 2008, in partnership with major retailers such as Brooks-Eckerd, Rite Aid, and Osco Drug and Sav-on pharmacies.
“Ethidium’s E-health Platform has enabled Take Care to launch in our initial markets in a very short timeframe, while helping deliver upon our long-term goal of providing a paperless system for our nurse practitioners, and our vision of a system where patients can have their information recorded and stored electronically. Working collaboratively the fully integrated Kiosk and EMR are unique to the industry.” said Pat Lucas, Chief Information Officer at Take Care Health Systems.
EHS’ information management software and services are in complete alignment with national efforts to increase usage of information technology to improve the efficiency and quality of healthcare delivery in the U.S. Dr. Michael Fleming, former Board Chair of the American Association of Family Practitioners (AAFP) and a family physician, commented, “On-demand ASP model EMRs that have built-in support for emerging interoperability standards, such as Evolution EMR by Ethidium, will become the technology solution for physicians and practices that want to improve the efficiency as well as the quality of care.”
“This successful deployment highlights how our next-generation, low cost, on-demand model clinical platform can connect patients, doctors, hospitals, and payors in support of the creation of market-driven Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs). We look forward to rolling out many more sites and moving forward in our mission to provide systems that streamline the business of healthcare while improving the clinician-patient relationship.” stated Klein.
About Ethidium Health Systems
Founded in 1999 with the mission of developing simple, low-cost software systems that empower medical professionals to improve the quality of healthcare delivery, Ethidium Health Systems focuses on creative ways to solve the critical problems faced by their clients. The Company’s E-Health Platform uses next-generation web technology for clinical information management and is capable of running on the majority of operating systems and hardware devices. Ethidium Health Systems has devoted significant effort towards the development of simple and intuitive graphical user interfaces that empower novices to rapidly become expert users of their software. All of their products are built to ensure interoperability of health information and compliance with the security and privacy provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
For more information, please visit www.ethidium.com.
About Take Care Health Systems
Take Care Health Systems of Conshohocken, PA is bringing high-quality, convenient and affordable health care to all Americans by working with national retail pharmacies, focusing on collaboration with traditional health care channels and leveraging best–in-class technology. Take Care’s vision is to combine best practices in medicine and the expertise and personal care of Take Care Nurse Practitioners with world-class customer service, filling a critical need in America by providing easy access to health care. The Company’s nurse practitioners focus exclusively on diagnosis, treatment, screenings and vaccinations for common family illnesses. From providing an easy entry point to health care to a pathway to electronic medical records, Take Care believes its care model has the potential to revolutionize health care delivery – both by bringing more individuals into health care and ultimately lowering costs within the system. Take Care is a complement to the comprehensive care of a primary care physician, not a substitute for that care. The Company strongly supports the concept of a medical home, the idea that each individual should have a primary care physician who is aware of and coordinates all of that individual’s care. Take Care operates through an integrated, team-based approach with
the medical communities where they operate to maintain optimal referral networks and integration of patient care. The firm was co-founded by Hal Rosenbluth, past president and CEO of six billion dollar global travel company Rosenbluth International, and Peter Miller, former executive at Johnson & Johnson, most recently as president of a $3 billion pharmaceutical company and previously as worldwide president of a $400 million consumer health care company. For more information on Take Care Health Systems, please visit www.takecarehealth.com.
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