Ashe Memorial Hospital Chooses PatientKeeper CPOE to Improve Patient Care, Drive “Meaningful Use” and ARRA-HITECH Complian

Critical Access Hospital in rural western North Carolina purchases multiple PatientKeeper applications to automate physician workflow

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- PatientKeeper®, Inc., the leading provider of physician information technology, today announced that Ashe Memorial Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital in rural Jefferson, N.C., selected PatientKeeper CPOE™ as the centerpiece of a physician automation initiative that will help the hospital achieve ARRA-HITECH “Meaningful Use” standards in 2011.

In addition to PatientKeeper CPOE, Ashe Memorial purchased the PatientKeeper Physician Portal™, which provides a comprehensive view of clinical data from any web browser; PatientKeeper Mobile Clinical Results™, which lets doctors access patient clinical data anywhere from smartphones and other handheld devices; and PatientKeeper NoteWriter™, which reduces the time it takes for physicians to write clinical notes. All PatientKeeper software is designed to streamline and support physician workflow across all major hospital information systems.

“Both our physicians and our patients will see value with PatientKeeper’s solution,” said R.D. Williams, CEO of Ashe Memorial. “PatientKeeper CPOE will enable physicians to easily adopt CPOE and save time because PatientKeeper is designed to support the way physicians already practice. We anticipate that patients will receive better care as a result of better communication and information exchange among the hospital’s medical staff and support areas. Implementing PatientKeeper will be cost-effective for the hospital because the software integrates with our current MEDITECH system, so our existing IT investment is preserved.”

“Our relationship with Ashe Memorial is based on PatientKeeper’s ability to support the unique needs of Critical Access Hospitals,” said Paul Brient, president and CEO of PatientKeeper. “Hospitals serving small rural communities are under pressure to implement technology specified by federal HITECH legislation, but have more limited financial resources than academic medical centers or larger community hospitals. The fact that our solutions work with their existing back-end systems makes adding new functionality for physicians a viable option, because there’s no need to rip out and replace what’s already there.”

About Ashe Memorial

Established in 1941, Ashe Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit hospital located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, in the western part of North Carolina. Ashe Memorial is a rural hospital that has a remarkably sophisticated level of care for a county population of just over 25,000. In 2007, Ashe Memorial became a Critical Access Hospital. The hospital is licensed for 25 acute care beds, and also operates an adjacent 60-bed nursing home.

About PatientKeeper

PatientKeeper Inc., the leading provider of physician information technology, works with hospitals and physicians to deliver solutions that drive efficient operations and a higher standard of patient care. PatientKeeper’s unique technology provides a single, secure view of patient information coupled with comprehensive physician workflow applications without replacing applications already in use. The company boasts the industry’s highest physician adoption rates and delivers solutions that ensure HITECH meaningful use criteria is met while delivering demonstrable ROI for hospitals, physician organizations and community health information exchanges alike. For more information about PatientKeeper, which is headquartered in Boston, Mass., visit www.patientkeeper.com or call 617-987-0300.



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PatientKeeper, Inc.
Kathy Ruggiero, 617-987-0433
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