Montrose Memorial Hospital Purchases PatientKeeper CPOE and Other Advanced Clinical Workflow Software

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Colorado hospital will drive Stages 2 and 3 “Meaningful Use” of healthcare IT with physician-friendly PatientKeeper applications integrated with MEDITECH HIS.

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[Our physicians] chose PatientKeeper because it’s very comfortable and easy for them. They want to log into one location to access all the systems they need from one place, and PatientKeeper provides that.

PatientKeeper®, Inc., the leading provider of physician healthcare information systems, today announced that Montrose Memorial Hospital, a 75-bed not-for-profit hospital in Montrose, Colorado, has purchased PatientKeeper’s suite of advanced clinical applications to automate physician workflow and drive physician adoption of healthcare information technology.

Montrose Memorial, which already attested to Stage 1 Meaningful Use and received its Stage 1 incentive payment from the federal government, is looking to PatientKeeper to help it achieve much higher levels of physician adoption of computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and electronic physician documentation, which will be required to meet anticipated Stage 2 and 3 targets.

Montrose Memorial officials said they were attracted to PatientKeeper for its proven physician appeal – more than 40,000 physicians nationwide already use PatientKeeper products – and its strong mobile offerings. PatientKeeper enables physicians to access their patient information and workflow applications on Apple iPhones, iPads, and Android devices, as well as on desktop and laptop computers.

In addition, since PatientKeeper is an overlay to a hospital’s existing IT infrastructure, it’s a far more cost-effective solution than ripping and replacing current systems. Montrose Memorial will integrate PatientKeeper with its existing MEDITECH Client Server hospital information system and other clinical software currently used throughout the hospital.

Montrose Memorial’s PatientKeeper implementation will include the PatientKeeper Physician Portal, CPOE, Medication Reconciliation, NoteWriter, Mobile Clinical Results, Sign-Out, Provider Directory, and e-Signature.

“We took a very collaborative approach with our physicians in selecting a physician portal they would really use,” said Carlos Lovera, Montrose Memorial’s director of information technology. “They chose PatientKeeper because it’s very comfortable and easy for them. They want to log into one location to access all the systems they need from one place, and PatientKeeper provides that."

“CPOE was another important driver for selecting PatientKeeper,” Lovera added. “Our physicians really like the user experience PatientKeeper provides. As a result, our physicians are committed to helping us attain 80 percent CPOE usage throughout the hospital to exceed our Stage 2 Meaningful Use targets.”

Dr. Bryce Lokey, an internist in private practice at Internal Medicine Specialty Group and one of the leading physician champions for healthcare IT at Montrose Memorial, said PatientKeeper offered the most physician-friendly solution he and his colleagues had seen. “It’s appealing and simple and brings forward the information I need,” Lokey said. “In fact, a common reaction from the staff when they see it is, ‘How soon can I start using it?’ The web portal is great, but I think eventually many of our physicians will use PatientKeeper on their smartphones and iPads.”

Dr. Lokey also was impressed with PatientKeeper’s commitment to maximizing the physician’s user experience. “The company has shown a great interest in working with end users to ensure the experience is what they want,” he said.

“Montrose Memorial is situated in a hotbed of healthcare IT innovation, and has positioned itself on the leading edge of Meaningful Use, so the hospital understands what it takes to engage physicians with technology,” said Paul Brient, president and CEO of PatientKeeper. “We’re delighted to be a significant part of their healthcare IT initiative, and look forward to helping improve physician workflow and patient care as Montrose exceeds the requirements for Stages 2 and 3 of Meaningful Use.”

About PatientKeeper

PatientKeeper® Inc., the leading provider of physician healthcare information systems, enables physicians and hospitals to focus on their patients, not technology. PatientKeeper provides highly intuitive software for physicians that streamlines workflow to improve productivity and patient care. PatientKeeper’s CPOE, physician documentation, electronic charge capture and other applications run on desktop and laptop computers and popular handheld devices and tablets. PatientKeeper’s software integrates with existing healthcare information systems to create the most effective solution for driving physician adoption of technology, meeting Meaningful Use and transitioning to ICD-10. For more information about PatientKeeper, which is headquartered near Boston, Mass., visit http://www.patientkeeper.com or call 781-373-6100.

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