MEDHOST Announces Partnership with Health Management Associates, Inc. for Emergency Department Technology

NAPLES, Fla. & ADDISON, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- MEDHOST, provider of leading healthcare throughput and emergency department software, announced today a new partnership with Health Management Associates, Inc. (NYSE: HMA) to more efficiently manage the flow of clinical data and patients in 58 of Health Management’s emergency departments (ED).

The partnership brings the best and most recent advancements in Emergency Department Information System (EDIS) technology to physicians, nurses and other medical staff, allowing Health Management to continuously deliver the highest quality and most appropriate healthcare to patients. Developed by clinicians, MEDHOST EDIS is intuitive and innovative, featuring touch screen navigation, complete clinical charting and clinician order entry, real-time patient tracking, robust charge capture, customization features, and comprehensive reporting.

“Health Management diligently reviewed many possible solutions and chose MEDHOST because our EDIS is easy for clinicians to use, and it strongly supports meaningful use strategies. We believe that our EDIS, ED Pass and Care Clock will positively impact Health Management’s quality of patient care goals,” said Craig Herrod, president of MEDHOST. “Everyone at MEDHOST is eager to deliver value for Health Management’s hospitals and the communities they serve. This new relationship illustrates how MEDHOST’s customer service and implementation capabilities have grown with support from our holding company, HealthTech Holdings.”

In addition to deploying MEDHOST’s EDIS, Health Management will implement two complementary technologies: MEDHOST ED Pass, a self service check-in kiosk that helps streamline the ED registration process and gives clinicians a better view of patients in the waiting room; and MEDHOST Care Clock, which enables hospitals to post current ED wait times on their websites or on billboards so that patients can make more informed decisions about where to seek care for non-urgent problems.

“We are delighted to partner with MEDHOST and further our mission to enable America’s best local health care,” said Ken Chatfield, Chief Information Officer of Health Management. “Capturing clinical and patient data accurately in a usable format is vital to the success of our emergency departments, allowing us to better serve our patients. We believe MEDHOST is the best system for the job.”

MEDHOST solutions will be implemented during the next several months and will include training for nurses, physicians and other clinicians who will leverage the system.

About MEDHOST, Inc.

MEDHOST is dedicated to advancing healthcare IT by developing user-friendly software solutions that improve productivity and throughput, as well as enhance the patient care experience. The MEDHOST product suite has been adopted by leading institutions throughout North America and has proven to dramatically improve house-wide patient flow, financial performance and patient satisfaction. MEDHOST’s OpCenter is an executive decision-support system that provides hospital leaders with real-time information, so they can proactively manage high-level issues that impact throughput, patient satisfaction and resource utilization. MEDHOST EDIS versions 4.2 and 4.3 are certified under Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records ONC-ATCB program and include real time Patient Tracking, Nurse Charting, Physician Documentation, Order Entry and comprehensive reporting.

MEDHOST is headquartered in Addison, Texas, and is a HealthTech Holdings company. HealthTech Holdings, Inc. is a health information technology holding company, with portfolio companies including Healthcare Management Systems, MEDHOST and Sentry Healthcare Services, Inc. HealthTech Holdings’ mission is to acquire and manage technology companies focused on the creation of value for the healthcare industry. More information is available at www.healthtechholdings.com and www.medhost.com.

About Health Management Associates, Inc.

Health Management enables America’s best local health care by providing the people, processes, capital and expertise necessary for its hospital and physician partners to fulfill their local missions of delivering superior health care services. Health Management, through its subsidiaries, operates 60 hospitals, with approximately 9,000 licensed beds, in non-urban communities located throughout the United States. All references to “Health Management,” “HMA” or the “Company” used in this release refer to Health Management Associates, Inc. and its affiliates.



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KEYWORDS:   United States  North America  Florida  Texas

INDUSTRY KEYWORDS:   Technology  Data Management  Software  Health  Other Health

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