'Year of the Physician' Initiative Leads Adena Health System to Invest in Clinical and Patient Portal

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Breaking down data silos and organizational barriers to ease burden on physicians and their patients.

MEDSEEK, a leading provider of enterprise portal management solutions that connect information and people for better patient care and community advocacy, announced today that Adena Health System -- an innovative, community-centered two hospital system in Chillicothe, Ohio -- has selected its Clinical and Patient Portal solution to enhance clinical decision-making, physician convenience, and the patient experience.

"We made a strategic decision (with the board's full support) to focus on the experience our physicians and patients have with our organization, and termed 2008 the year of the physician," states Sathish Jetti, M.D., chief information medical officer at Adena Health System ." At the heart of this initiative is our deployment of information technologies to make the "lives" of our physicians and patients easier as they direct and seek care at our organization."

The new Web-based portals will provide unified and easy access to clinical and patient information so that physicians and nurses have the information they need to make good clinical decisions. In addition to clinical benefits, Adena Health System anticipates considerable time and cost savings in workflow improvements and enhanced collaboration among its medical and nursing staffs.

The patient portal will enable patients to interact with Adena in a more meaningful way, as well as better manage their healthcare and take control of their medical decisions. In the convenience of their own homes patients will be able to schedule appointments, paying hospital bills, access their medical data, and consult with physicians and nurse practitioners.

"While our focus is on our medical staff, we've not taken our eye off our mission to be the best healthcare system in Ohio," said Marcus Bost, chief information officer at Adena Health System. "As part of that mission, we are deploying technology solutions that foster collaborative community care and puts patients in control and at the center of relationship.

Bost further explains "we began our evaluation of vendor space months ago and selected MEDSEEK due in part to positive customer references, the results they've achieved with other eHealth leaders, and their willingness to bring us inside their software development process. As a result we have joined their customer advisory council and will have direct input into the product roadmap which is very important to our organization."

"MEDSEEK is committed to working with Adena and other organizations who value the physician and patient experience," explains Peter Kuhn, president of MEDSEEK. A recent report from McKinsey & Co entitled "A better hospital experience" published in November 2007 confirms what many hospital executives already knew. "The hospital experience -- in all its forms - can have a major influence on physician practice behaviors and the patient's desire to seek care at the hospital. "

About MEDSEEK
Birmingham, Ala.-based MEDSEEK provides healthcare organizations with Enterprise eHealth solutions to fully engage and strengthen relationships with key constituents -- physicians, patients, employees, and consumers. By connecting information and communities to foster an enhanced experience with the organization, hospitals will improve community advocacy, revenue and patient throughput, and clinical decision making. MEDSEEK's comprehensive technology platform and strategic consulting services create the infrastructure and provide the thought leadership for hospitals to deliver the most powerful Portal solutions. With more than ten years' experience and 600+ hospital customers, MEDSEEK has the experience and expertise to meet the diverse needs of the healthcare community. MEDSEEK also maintains offices in California and Mississippi. For more information, visit http://www.medseek.com or call 888-MEDSEEK.

About Adena Health System
Adena Health System is an independent, not-for-profit and locally controlled organization serving the needs of 10 counties in south central Ohio and employing more than 2,000 people. Adena's vision is to be the best healthcare system in the nation through innovation and a customer centered philosophy. The system's family of facilities includes Adena Regional Medical Center, Greenfield Area Medical Center, Adena Health Centers in Chillicothe, Jackson and Waverly. Adena's Centers of Excellence include the Heart Center at Adena; the Center for Cancer Care; the Center for Women & Children; and Orthopedics/Neurology and Pain Management. Adena was founded in 1895 by area churches as the Chillicothe Hospital.

AHS Contact: Jennifer Dovyak, Public Relations Specialist, Adena Health System, 740-779-8551.

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