MEDSEEK Acknowledges 30 Hospitals for Keeping Pace with National Priorities and Goals in 2009

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Industry-leading eHealth vendor reports healthcare organizations throughout North America are making great strides towards redefining the healthcare experience

The eHealth landscape in America is changing rapidly now that eHealth is an integral element of our national healthcare reform objectives. It is seen as a key enabler in wider contexts like improving the quality and efficiency of care and speeding up the course towards a quality-based reimbursement structure.

MEDSEEK, the leading provider of enterprise-wide healthcare portal connectivity solutions, announced today that thirty North American hospital and health system clients launched MEDSEEK-powered eHealth portals in 2009, fundamentally changing the way healthcare is delivered in the U.S. and Canada. The go-lives included a diversified portfolio of online experience solutions that meet the unique needs of healthcare consumers, ePatients, employees, physicians and entire communities.

The following 18 hospitals and health systems launched new consumer portals in 2009:

  •     Holy Name Hospital
  •     Forrest General Hospital
  •     Central Peninsula Hospital
  •     Erlanger Health
  •     Witham Memorial Hospital
  •     Greater Baltimore Medical Center
  •     Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
  •     Spectrum Health
  •     EMH Regional Medical Center
  •     WakeMed Health and Hospitals
  •     Connecticut Children's Medical Center
  •     Marion General Hospital
  •     Watertown Memorial Hospital
  •     BayCare Health Services
  •     Norton Healthcare
  •     Rutherford Hospital
  •     The Methodist Hospital
  •     Children's Hospital of Illinois

Three organizations were recognized for their 2009 deployment of employee portals:

  •     Greater Baltimore Medical Center
  •     Central Peninsula Hospital
  •     Rutherford Hospital

In 2009, the following eight hospitals and health systems implemented clinical portals:

  •     Trillium Health Centre
  •     Headwaters Health Care Centre
  •     Adena Health System
  •     Delnor Community Hospital
  •     Frederick Memorial Hospital
  •     Marion General Hospital
  •     Flowers Hospital
  •     Miami Children's Hospital

And finally, Alegent Health was acknowledged for their transformative efforts in deployment of a secure patient portal and My Cost online cost estimator.

The surge in deployment of online health solutions is timely, considering the $20 Billion investment made in eHealth via the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's healthcare information technology specific provision, known as the HITECH Act, which requires healthcare providers demonstrate "meaningful use" of HIT before 2015 or face financial penalties. While a final definition of meaningful use is pending, the objectives are very clear. At the top of the list of priorities is the charter to engage patients and families in managing their health and making decisions about their care.

Many MEDSEEK clients are ahead of the national curve when it comes to eHealth adoption and enablement. This year alone, MEDSEEK deployed nineteen portals offering ePatients online conveniences such as health and wellness related content, symptom tracking, event and class registration, appointment requests, access to quality data and even the ability to view their estimated out-of-pocket costs online, prior to receiving treatment. According to Peter Kuhn, MEDSEEK's CEO, "The eHealth landscape in America is changing rapidly now that eHealth is an integral element of our national healthcare reform objectives. It is seen as a key enabler in wider contexts like improving the quality and efficiency of care and speeding up the course towards a quality-based reimbursement structure."

An abundance of data clearly demonstrates that patients will adjust to this new model of healthcare because they're the ones driving reform. From banking to blogging, the Web has changed the way consumers interact with virtually every industry outside health care. As a result, healthcare consumers' expectations are evolving. According to the latest research from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 61% of American adults now go online looking for health information, and 60% of those ePatients say that information found online affected a decision about how to treat an illness or condition. Kuhn continued, "Today, ePatients are empowering themselves to better manage their health using the Web. We applaud the strategic vision of these thirty healthcare organizations and our entire client base of more than 650 hospitals. By adopting eHealth as a part of their culture and moving quickly towards wide-scale deployment of eHealth solutions, they are realizing significant benefits. Patient and physician recruitment efforts are being accelerated; loyalty is increasing among constituents; and administrative areas are running more efficiently and at a lower cost."

About MEDSEEK
Since 1996, MEDSEEK has focused exclusively on eHealth and creating a better experience for constituents across the healthcare enterprise, including consumers, patients, family members, physicians, employees and payers. The eHealth ecoSystem optimizes the healthcare experience for constituents by leveraging an organization's existing IT investments and infrastructure to facilitate secure, timely information access and exchange. From our leading content management system used by more than 650 hospitals to innovative patient portals and our award-winning clinical portal, the eHealth ecoSystem's browser-based technology removes traditional integration and communication barriers, creating a "virtual front door" for the hospital. For more information, visit http://www.medseek.com or call 888.MEDSEEK.

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