Linn County Selects Defran Systems to Power Comprehensive Electronic Health Record System

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Ability to support services across entire spectrum of care was key selection factor for Iowa county

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"We are thrilled to be working with two best-in-class organizations in Linn County and Defran,” commented Spencer Stern, founder and president, Stern Consulting.

Defran Systems today announced that Linn County, Iowa has selected Defran’s leading web-based, case, clinical and financial management software to power their Electronic Health Record System (EHR) for the Linn County Community Services and Health Departments. Linn County selected Defran because the customizable, flexible software solution met their stringent evaluation requirements in addition to supporting the services they offer their community, which span the entire continuum of care.

Linn County, the second most populous county in the State of Iowa, manages a range of service lines from child and family services to mental health and developmental disabilities. Defran was chosen after an exhaustive RFP process and three days of intensive, feature-heavy demonstrations that ensured Defran could meet their wide-ranging needs.

“We’re looking forward to the many benefits this software will provide for both Linn County employees and the citizens we serve,” said Ben Rogers, Linn County supervisor. “We’ll be able to easily share information within our Community Services departments and our Public Health department, and we’ll have improved oversight and management of these records, which will allow us to make better decisions.”

Additionally, Defran’s software is a complete ONC-certified electronic health record, meaning Linn County will be able to pursue Meaningful Use funding and avoid penalties as outlined under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.

Linn County has also selected Stern Consulting, LLC based in Chicago to support them and Defran in the system implementation process. “We are thrilled to be working with two best-in-class organizations in Linn County and Defran,” commented Spencer Stern, founder and president, Stern Consulting.

“We are pleased to be the technology partner of the Linn County Community Services and Health Departments,” said Greg Travis, vice president of sales, Defran Systems. “We hope other county providers will see how Defran’s enterprise-wide solution can improve their operations while preparing for health reform, health information exchange and other industry changes. Implementing integrated electronic health record software is the first step toward eliminating reliance on paper records.”

About Linn County, Iowa

With more than 211,000 residents, Linn County is the second most populous county in the State of Iowa. Linn County government is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Linn County by providing citizens efficient and responsive public services including public safety, social services, parks, planning and development, motor vehicle registration, vital records, election services and public health services while maintaining sound fiscal management.

About Stern Consulting, LLC

Founded in 2008, Stern Consulting has been supporting cities and counties with their strategic software procurement and implementations. The company has supported more than 40 clients with the following projects: Citizen Relationship Management/311, Enterprise Resource Planning, Social Media deployments, and Work Order Management solutions, among others. Stern takes a financial and process oriented approach to identify the solutions that optimally fit with their client’s budget, resources, and overall objectives. For more information about Stern Consulting, visit

About Defran Systems, Inc.

Defran Systems, Inc. is a leading developer of single solution case, clinical and financial management software for the Human and Social Services Industries. The company’s web-based, flexible and reliable enterprise-wide software supports more than 2200 human services facilities in the United States including Behavioral Health, Mental Health, Foster Care, Child Welfare, Developmental Disabilities, Substance Abuse and other specialized programs. Defran’s electronic health system is a completely integrated EHR/EMR and AR/AP sub-ledger system that includes a host of productivity aids that are unmatched in the industry. Defran Systems, Inc. is ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certified and is considered a leading innovator in software development for organizations that operate programs across the full continuum of care. For more information about Defran Systems, visit

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