Ohio Health Information Partnership Selects e-MDs as a Preferred EHR Vendor

Company chosen by Regional Extension Center to facilitate EHR implementation and adoption

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- e-MDs, an industry leader in the development and implementation of electronic health record (EHR) and practice management (PM) solutions, announced they have been selected as a recommended EHR vendor by the Ohio Health Information Partnership (OHIP).  OHIP is a non-profit entity supported by state and federal grants and serves as a Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (HITREC) in Ohio.  As a preferred vendor, e-MDs will work collaboratively with OHIP to encourage the adoption of EHR technology by the state's healthcare providers, ensuring successful implementation and provider achievement of meaningful use.  

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Problems associated with successfully selecting and implementing EHRs have been a significant hurdle in the adoption of EHRs and health information technology (HIT) across the country.   To overcome this obstacle in Ohio, OHIP issued an RFP to EHR vendors soliciting companies who could provide a certified product as well as the knowledge and technical resources to support successful implementation and achievement of meaningful use.   OHIP evaluated over 40 EHR vendors and systems and selected e-MDs based on product performance and its ability to help physicians meet identified criteria in order to qualify for federal financial incentives.   OHIP is confident e-MDs will play an integral role in helping Ohio healthcare providers realize maximum potential benefits associated with the use of an EHR, including better patient care and improved financial performance.   e-MDs was ultimately chosen based on their commitment to hire and train Ohio residents as EHR implementation and training staff, conduct all technical support within the U.S. and meet national certification and meaningful use requirements.

"We are looking forward with enthusiasm to working with OHIP," stated Michael Stearns, MD, President and CEO of e-MDs. "They are a very forward thinking group and will serve as an invaluable resource to providers over the next several years.  OHIP will play key role in the successful adoption of technologies that will markedly benefit the quality of care provided to the citizens of Ohio."

OHIP is a non-profit entity that was created to assist Ohio physicians and other providers with the implementation and adoption of health information technology.  It was founded by the Ohio Hospital Association, the Ohio Osteopathic Association, the Ohio State Medical Association, BioOhio, and the State of Ohio.  OHIP is committed to assisting 6,000 physicians and other healthcare providers adopt an EHR by 2012.  

"We are pleased to be working with e-MDs to increase the use of Electronic Health Records in Ohio," said Fred Richards, CIO and COO of OHIP.  "It will improve the continuity of care for patients and streamline office procedures for health care providers.  Everyone will benefit."

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

e-MDs is a leading developer of health care software solutions headquartered in Austin, Texas.  The company, founded in 1996 by a primary care physician, remains physician and clinical informaticist managed and actively participates in national health information technology and interoperability efforts. e-MDs Solution Series™, with more than 28,000 users nationwide, is the standard for affordable and integrated EHR and PRACTICE MANAGEMENT software solutions, including clinical, financial and document management modules designed to automate medical practice processes and chart management. e-MDs Solution Series version 6.3 is a CCHIT Certified® 2008 Ambulatory EHR additionally certified for Cardiovascular Medicine and Child Health. The e-MDs Solution Series' comprehensive suite of products facilitates improvements in clinical care, a reduction in medical errors, and optimization of business practices. As testimony to our focus on ease of use and functionality, e-MDs has ranked at the top of all independent, unbiased, physician surveys thus far. For more information, please visit www.e-mds.com.

About OHIP

The Ohio Health Information Partnership (OHIP) is a non-profit entity, funded through a combination of state and federal grants, to assist physicians and other providers with implementation and adoption of health information technology (HIT) throughout Ohio.  For more information about OHIP please visit www.ohiponline.org.