National Health Services, Inc. Achieves 100% Provider Adoption of HealthPort's EMR Solution Across 12 Locations

Alpharetta, GA, February 2, 2010: HealthPort, a top-25 company in the healthcare information technology industry, today announced that National Health Services, Inc. (NHSI), a 12-site Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with locations throughout Kern County, California, has achieved 100% provider adoption of HealthPort's Electronic Medical Record (EMR) technology. 

NHSI offers a comprehensive healthcare delivery system linked to hospitals, nursing homes, and federal, state and local healthcare agencies. HealthPort EMR, a leading CCHIT-certified solution for practices, clinics and community health centers, helps them create and sustain these links. 

With high EMR failure rates and mounting national pressure to adopt electronic records, the success of NHSI bodes well for both the organization and HealthPort, their EMR partner. HealthPort boasts an industry-leading track record of successful implementation with more than 80% of EMR installations fully live and operational for one year or more. 

"We started with HealthPort EMR in October 2007 and have witnessed steady progress ever since," mentions Petrus Tjandra, Director of General Services, National Health Services, Inc.  Tjandra and his team used an incremental approach to EMR implementation, initiating one site at a time. Each location was given six months to become fully functional on the new EMR and return to baseline productivity levels; including 100% physician usage of electronic templates for clinical documentation. 

"NHSI's success reflects the strong dedication of their implementation team and the flexibility of HealthPort's physician documentation templates," mentions Steve Emery, Director of Product Management for HealthPort.  Tjandra agrees and adds, "In a multi-clinic structure with each site at a different stage of EMR adoption, providers must be flexible and modify the system when necessary. HealthPort was extremely supportive and we've had a good relationship with them from the beginning," Tjandra concludes. 

"We are excited by the EMR success NHSI has achieved through their partnership with us," comments Mike Labedz, CEO of HealthPort.  "In particular, we feel their 100% provider adoption rate reflects HealthPort's commitment to sustained, mutually-successful customer relationships," he concludes. 

About HealthPort

HealthPort is the largest provider of release of information and the premiere choice for health information technology.  With the widest selection of cost-effective, quality health information solutions in the HIT industry, HealthPort serves more than 10,000 healthcare facilities, over 44,000 physicians and millions of requestors nationwide.  HealthPort is changing the face of healthcare by combining knowledge, technology and service to streamline the administrative and business processes of the healthcare community. For more information, visit www.healthport.com or call 800-737-2585. 

About National Health Services, Inc.

National Health Services, Inc., (NHSI), formerly the Buttonwillow Health Center, Inc., is a nonprofit corporation which opened since 1978 and operates twelve sites in the western, northwestern, and northeastern portions of Kern County. The sites are in the communities of Buttonwillow, Lost Hills, Wasco, Taft, Delano, Shafter, Oildale, Ridgecrest, and Tehachapi. All sites operate on a year-round basis, providing a full range of primary and preventive care and supportive services to an under served population, including migrant and seasonal farm workers, in each community and other surrounding areas. For more information, visit www.nhsinc.org or call 661-459-1900.

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