Kansas Regional Extension Center (REC) Selects e-MDs as a Tier 1 EHR Vendor Partner

Company chosen by REC to accomplish statewide implementation and meaningful use.

AUSTIN, Texas, May 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- e-MDs, a leading provider of electronic health records (EHRs), announced they have been selected as an EHR vendor partner by the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, Inc. (KFMC). KFMC serves as the federally designated Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (HITREC) for the state of Kansas, and works with physicians to improve the quality of healthcare provided to the state of Kansas, including Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. e-MDs will work with KFMC to encourage and facilitate the adoption of EHR technology throughout Kansas as well as ensure enhanced purchasing power for the state's healthcare providers.  As a selected vendor, e-MDs will help providers manage efficient implementation and achievement of meaningful use in a cost effective manner.  

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e-MDs was identified by an established vendor selection committee, the Kansas Electronic Medical Record Steering Committee, as being capable of offering Kansas providers optimal financial opportunities by adding e-MDs Solution Series™ EHR system to their practice. The comprehensive selection process lasted several months and judged vendors via thorough market research and an open RFI process.  Applicants were assessed based on CCHIT certification and an evaluation of 419 functional requirements.  e-MDs fulfilled the criteria and was recognized as a Tier One vendor, capable of offering products that meet the test of functionality, satisfying Stage I Meaningful Use criteria, and offering  a comprehensive set of support services to both the KFMC and contracting providers.

"We are extremely pleased to be working with e-MDs and are confident that this partnership will further enhance our services and value being delivered to over 600 providers in Kansas," said Michael Aldridge, MBA, Vice President of Information Technology at KFMC.

Through KFMC's partnership with Associated Purchasing Services, the organization's group purchasing affiliate, the selected EHR Vendors have agreed to offer REC Kansas participants such benefits as reduced equipment costs, consulting support costs, software costs, greater control over contract terms, pre-negotiated standard contracts, ensured functionality support for primary care providers, as well as ensuring requirements for safety net clinics are met.

"We are delighted to have been chosen by the KFMC HITREC as a tier one preferred vendor.  They are a very forward thinking organization and their efforts will have a significant impact on the adoption of sophisticated healthcare technology that will benefit patients throughout the state of Kansas," said Michael Stearns, MD, CEO of e-MDs. "Under their guidance we can expect to see a marked transformation in healthcare in the state of Kansas through the effective use of interoperable EHRs."

For more information on e-MDs, please visit www.e-MDs.com.  

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.  

About KFMC

The Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, Inc. (KFMC, Inc.) is the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Kansas. KFMC's major contracts are with the Department of Health and Human Services - Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the State of Kansas, Kansas Health Policy Authority (Division of Health Policy and Finance, and Social and Rehabilitation Services). KFMC contracts with many private companies. Throughout the various contracts, their role is to work with healthcare providers to develop ways to improve the quality of healthcare provided to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and ultimately all Kansas healthcare consumers. For more information, please visit www.kfmc.org.

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