Ministry Health Care Selects EHR Doctors' Medibridge.net Technology to Meet Meaningful Use of Clinical Information Exchange

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Exchanging Patient Summary Documents Will Give Patients More Complete Views of Their Health Information, Improving Patient Care and Safety

EHR Doctors announced today that Ministry Health Care will use EHR Doctors' Medibridge.net health information exchange (HIE) technology to make patient health information securely available to patients in the communities it serves. Ministry Health Care is one of Wisconsin's largest integrated health system serving patients in Northern Wisconsin.
The Medibridge HIE technology will enable patients at Ministry Health Care's hospitals to access and exchange patient information in the form of interoperable summary documents. These documents -- known as continuity of care documents (CCDs) -- provide a portable summary of a patient's care history, including problem lists, lab results, medications, allergies, histories of medical procedures and more.

“EHR Doctors is providing a key component that was missing in our comprehensive, multi-vendor electronic health record for our hospitals” said Ministry Health Care’s Vice President of Enterprise Applications Steve Pelton. “The electronic exchange of coded, structured patient information with the CCD generated by EHR Doctors will be the key to securely share patient information with other health care providers in our region.”

EHR Doctors will first implement the exchange of patient summary documents between Ministry's GE Centricity Enterprise clinical systems. Ministry and will then extend the data exchange to include the health system's hospitals that use other electronic health record systems. The immediate goal is to use the Medibridge.net technology to meet the requirements for incentive payments under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Meaningful Use program. Over time, the Medibridge.net technology will allow Ministry to connect to the state Health Information Exchange (HIE), and engage patients through a patient portal

"The ability to create Continuity of Care Documents will enable Ministry to provide enhanced transitions in care and provide patients with a portable health record they can take with them wherever they go." said Gerard Reeder, president of EHR Doctors. "Cutting edge access to patient information will enhance clinical decision-making and improve the quality of care delivered to the members of Ministry Health community."

About Ministry Health Care

Ministry Health Care is a mission-driven, integrated health system of clinics, hospitals, home care and related services, located across Wisconsin and into Minnesota. At Ministry Health Care, we earn trust by working together as One Ministry to keep patients first in everything we do. This is Our Promise to our patients, their families and our communities. Visit http://www.ministryhealth.org for more information.

Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston has been recognized for the sixth straight year as one of the nation’s Most Wired Hospitals according to the results of the 2011 Most Wired Survey released today in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

About EHR Doctors, Inc.

EHR Doctors, Inc. provides EHR software and HIE solutions to health care providers. EHR Doctors works closely with the Health and Human Service Office of the National Coordinator to ensure that its products meet regulatory requirements such as ARRA meaningful use. The company is based in Pompano Beach Florida. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.ehrdoctors.com/.

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