ATLANTA, Apr 05, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) –Eclipsys Corporation (NASDAQ: ECLP), The Outcomes Company(R), today announced that The Methodist Hospital of Houston (Methodist), TX, has selected Eclipsys HealthXchange(TM) to support it in connecting its local care community. The scalable and secure platform, powered by Medicity, will connect Methodist’s acute care electronic health record (EHR) with a network of disparate EHRs in use at local affiliated physician offices throughout the region/local area. The seamless exchange of patient information will support enhanced care continuity and quality, and in turn assist both the hospital and community physicians in becoming eligible for stimulus funding associated with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.
More than 200 affiliated physicians are involved in the initial rollout of connectivity with Methodist’s Eclipsys(TM)-provided EHR. In addition, Eclipsys HealthXchange will support paper-based physician practices to receive and exchange important clinical data via WebAccess email. The Eclipsys HealthXchange is vendor-neutral technology that connects hospital systems to any EHR or supplementary system, integrating electronic patient information directly into physician offices.
“We wanted a solution that would help us expand access to clinical data without the need for physicians to undergo an unnecessary expense of replacing an existing system. The neutral platform offered by Eclipsys HealthXchange solution will enable us to seamlessly link disparate vendor applications to essentially create a “virtual” community-wide EHR. Based on our strong partnership with Eclipsys, we are confident that HealthXchange will provide easy access to the essential clinical data needed to meet our goal of delivering high-quality, cost-effective healthcare,” said Tim Thompson, chief information officer, The Methodist Hospital.
Achieving ARRA Guidelines and Improving Outcomes across the Care Continuum
Methodist’s use of Eclipsys HealthXchange also will help position the healthcare organization and participating local physicians to qualify for ARRA funds. To be eligible to receive ARRA incentives, providers must demonstrate “meaningful use” of EHR systems. Specifically, EHRs must be interoperable, enabling the exchange of health information with other providers for more coordinated care. HealthXchange creates an interoperable environment for sharing data across settings and organizations and meets ARRA goals for coordination of care and electronic sharing of patient information.
“We are pleased that our valued client The Methodist Hospital has entrusted Eclipsys to help in achieving its goal of expanded access to clinical data throughout its community,” said Jay Deady, Eclipsys’ executive vice president, Client Solutions. “This is yet another example of how Eclipsys is supporting clients to reach out and connect communities to extend the availability of updated patient information to improve the efficiency and quality of care. Our open, interoperable approach also gives participating physicians the pragmatic option to leverage existing third-party EHR systems to achieve interoperability and is in keeping with our belief that healthcare can no longer afford the waste and costs associated with closed, proprietary systems. An open platform is ever-important as organizations respond to the increased call for interoperable systems across care communities and larger geographical areas through ARRA specifications and other quality initiatives.”
About The Methodist Hospital
The Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX is one of the nation’s largest private, nonprofit general hospitals. Dedicated to providing the highest level of patient care, Methodist is ranked among the country’s top centers in 15 specialties and is listed as an “Honor Roll” hospital in U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 “America’s Best Hospitals” issue. Methodist is also seventeenth on FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2010. Methodist is primarily affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian, and also with the University of Houston. For more information, see http://www.methodisthealth.com.
About Eclipsys HealthXchange
Eclipsys HealthXchange provides singular connectivity to consolidated EHR software data through a Web portal that can be accessed by physician practices, clinics, hospitals, labs, imaging centers, pharmacies and other healthcare facilities. Widespread, secure access to interoperable EHR data helps our clients to increase patient safety, drives clinician and administrative productivity, and fosters a more holistic and proactive approach to patient care.
Eclipsys is a leading provider of advanced integrated clinical, revenue cycle and performance management software, clinical content and professional services that help healthcare organizations improve clinical, financial and operational outcomes. For more information, see http://www.eclipsys.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Statements in this news release concerning the implementation of and features and benefits provided by Eclipsys software, ARRA qualification, evidence-based content and services are forward-looking statements and actual results may differ from those projected due to a variety of risks and uncertainties. Implementation and client-specific configuration of Eclipsys software can be complex and time-consuming. Results depend upon a variety of factors and can vary by client. Each client’s circumstances are unique and may include unforeseen issues that make it more difficult than anticipated to implement or derive benefit from Eclipsys software or services. The success and timeliness of the company’s services will depend at least in part upon client involvement, which can be difficult to control. Eclipsys is required to meet specified performance standards, and the contract can be terminated or its scope reduced under certain circumstances. ARRA qualification requires compliance with standards that are still evolving, and satisfaction of those standards may be delayed. More information about company risks is available in recent Form 10-Q and 10-K filings made by Eclipsys from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Special attention is directed to the portions of those documents entitled “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.” Eclipsys and Eclipsys HealthXchange are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Eclipsys Corporation (or its subsidiaries) in the United States and certain other countries. Other product and company names in this news release are or may be trademarks of their respective companies.
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