Automation across clinical, billing and data sharing functions supports Montana-based organization’s ongoing efforts to enhance quality of care
HORSHAM, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII) and a leading provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions, announced today that Benefis Health System has selected NextGen® Ambulatory EHR, NextGen® Practice Management and NextGensm Health Information Exchange as its technology foundation.
Great Falls, Mt.-based Benefis Health System provides care across 40 specialties and serves patients throughout a 15-county area in North Central Montana. Furthering its mission to deliver more consistent care to this large and diverse patient population, Benefis will offer the NextGen® platform to more than 80 physicians at its hospital-owned practices. Implementation of the new technology will begin in June 2011 and is expected to finish in January 2012.
“We needed a robust platform that could support our evolving clinical and operational needs and affect the consistency of the quality of care we deliver,” said Lee Roath, chief information officer for Benefis Health System. “The wealth of specialty content and reporting features that NextGen Healthcare provides, coupled with its capability to exchange patient data with other organizations in our market, made it the clear choice for our system.”
NextGen® technology will play a critical role as Benefis creates a seamless technology platform across its ambulatory enterprise, with an eye on participation in several healthcare reform efforts. The organization is actively planning its health information exchange (HIE) initiative, which potentially includes sharing critical patient data with the North Central Montana Healthcare Alliance, a 14-hospital critical access network that includes 10 critical access hospitals.
“Benefis is leveraging health information technology to tackle many of the clinical and operational challenges typically found across rural areas,” said Scott Decker, president of NextGen Healthcare. “The integrated NextGen platform can effectively interface across the continuum of care and among large healthcare enterprises. As deployment continues to grow rapidly, more and more physicians have the opportunity to improve patient care and practice efficiency - both critical to participation in today’s health reform initiatives.”
About Benefis Health System
The System serves over 15 counties and more than 225,000 residents; Benefis is the largest non-governmental employer in the greater Great Falls area, with more than 2,600 employees. As the local and national healthcare landscape continues to grow and expand so does Benefis Health System. Benefis Hospitals is served by 210 members of the Benefis medical staff, representing 40 specialties. Benefis Hospitals is an American College of Surgeons-verified Level II Trauma Center – one of only four in the state and 149 in the entire country.
In 2010 Benefis Hospitals had the following statistics:
- Saw 37,987 patients in the ER.
- Delivered 1,461 babies.
- Performed 8,519 surgeries in our state-of-the-art, voice-activated Operating Rooms.
- Treated 90,229 patients on an outpatient basis.
- Transported 832 Mercy Flight patients via fixed-wing flights and helicopter flights.
About NextGen Healthcare
NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc., provides integrated clinical, financial and connectivity solutions for ambulatory, inpatient and dental provider organizations. For more information, please visit www.nextgen.com and www.qsii.com. Follow NextGen Healthcare on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nextgen or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NextGenHealthcare.
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