e-MDs Multi-Specialty Client Recognized as Champion of EHR Implementation

Healthcare System sees 80 providers achieve Meaningful Use

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- e-MDs, the provider of the nation's most highly rated Electronic Health Record (EHR), congratulates Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) for assisting 80 physicians in their community with achieving Meaningful Use, the standard required to receive federal funds for the conversion to electronic health records. SVMHS selected e-MDs as their EHR provider after a rigorous selection process in 2009. The strong partnership that developed between SVMHS and e-MDs has led to the successful implementation of more than 100 providers in 42 facilities in Salinas, California and the surrounding communities.

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"Adoption of electronic medical record technology is a critical success factor for organizations adapting to today's rapidly changing healthcare environment. Salinas Valley Memorial remains committed to helping our physicians through these changes so that they can continue to focus on providing the patients of our healthcare district the highest level of care," said Jim Griffith, Vice President/Chief Operating Officer at SVMHS.

As part of that commitment, SVMHS offers independent physician practices in their medical community hosted access to e-MDs, supplemented under the Stark Safe Harbor Anti-Trust Exception. They have a dedicated implementation team that assists with all aspects of training; implementation and support—helping practices meet requirements specified in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The efforts of their dedicated ambulatory EHR team and the hard work of physician practices resulted in more than 80 physicians in their community qualifying for Meaningful Use incentive payments in 2011, a significant milestone made possible by their use of e-MDs.

"e-MDs' relationship with Salinas Valley Memorial demonstrates e-MDs' cost-effective ability to help communities support increased efficiency and demonstrate quality care for their patients. We congratulate SVMHS on bringing healthcare IT improvements to multiple specialties and facilities within their healthcare system," said Michael Stearns, MD, CPC, President and CEO of e-MDs. "We are seeing a significant amount of our clients pursue Meaningful Use incentives, and it is encouraging to see physicians being rewarded for excellence in patient care."

The Salinas Healthcare System was attracted to e-MDs' high rankings on objective EHR evaluations performed by members of medical societies such as the American Academy of Family Practice and the American College of Physicians.  After a successful pilot program at one of its urgent care clinics, SVMHS discovered e-MDs provided ease of use, a minimal learning curve and a versatile, well-integrated program.  Ultimately, Solution Series was selected because it was easy to implement, adaptable, scalable, and supports sharing of information between healthcare facilities; making it ideal for their multi-specialty medical community. 

For more information on CMS incentive programs, please visit www.cms.gov.

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About e-MDs
e-MDs is a leading developer of integrated electronic health records and practice management software for physician practices and enterprises.  Founded and actively managed by physicians, the company is an industry leader for usable, connected software that enables physician productivity and clinical excellence.  e-MDs software has received continual top rankings in physician and industry surveys including those conducted by the American Academy of Family Physicians and KLAS.  For more information, please visit www.e-mds.com, http://www.facebook.e-mds.com, and twitter.com/emds