SOMC, Greenway Bring Electronic Health Records to Local Area

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently announced a partnership with Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc. to bring a fully integrated electronic health record (EHR), practice management and interoperability solution to the local area.

Known as PrimeSuite®, the completely paperless, office-based solution will provide an electronic patient charting system for all physician offices within the SOMC Medical Care Foundation. In addition to hospital-owned practices, the hospital will also be able to negotiate discounts for private physicians interested in deploying the new technology.

“Once deployed, the system will allow sharing of data and information among participating physician offices and healthcare facilities,” Ben Gill, director of Physician Services at SOMC, said. “Not only will it allow us to provide more efficient communication between our providers, but it will also lead to improved patient care by reducing the chance of documentation and medication errors.”

Gill said that Greenway was chosen as SOMC’s partner after a considerable amount of research.

“In the end, they stood out as a company with the vision and agility to keep up in this fast-paced industry. They have also built a stellar reputation among their current users, ranking best in the country in customer satisfaction scores.”

During the last 12 months, Greenway’s enterprise EHR and interoperability solutions have been selected by more than 30 healthcare systems across the nation, ranging from large medical centers and independent physician associations to medical groups with affiliated members in Texas, Colorado, Michigan, Florida, California, Pennsylvania, Mississippi and Kansas.

“We are very proud to be partnering with Southern Ohio Medical Center,” Greenway President Tee Green, said. “The size of their patient population and the specialties they offer combine a unique quality in their region. We believe our usability and interoperability components can aid in improving patient outcomes and enhancing financial and administrative workflows as well.”

The selection process for the product began more than a year ago, with the intent to go live in select physician offices by October 2010. Gill hopes that remaining SOMC Medical Care Foundation offices will be completely paperless by February 2011.

“Our goal is to create an integrated healthcare system where participating providers can access the information they need to better treat patients and improve the overall health of our community,” Gill added. “We believe that offering Greenway’s solutions to providers in our service area will increase our organization’s ability to encourage the highest level of excellent patient care.”

Greenway Medical Technologies provides the latest in EHR, ambulatory healthcare and clinical research business solutions and services to more than 23,000 healthcare providers nationwide, in 30 specialties and subspecialties, by enhancing the delivery of patient care through innovative HIT software and on-demand services that allow physician practices to function at their highest level of efficiency. Greenway’s PrimeSuite is a comprehensive, interoperability component of the integrated physician’s infrastructure solution, which serves as the starting point of a long-term business plan for physician practices. PrimeSuite 2011 is a pre-market CCHIT Certified® 2011 Ambulatory EHR, additionally certified for Child Health and Cardiovascular Medicine, with optional Advanced Reporting. PrimeSuite integrates a practice’s clinical, financial and administrative processes, and allows practices to increase profitability, enhance patient satisfaction and facilitate adherence to compliance guidelines. Established in 1998, Carrollton, Ga.-based Greenway Medical Technologies is a privately held company with more than 300 employees.

For more information about the PrimeSuite program, please contact Ben Gill at (740)-356-8680.