digiChart, Inc. Recognized as Winner of 2007 MS-HUG Annual Innovation Awards

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digiChart, Inc. today announced it has been recognized as the winner of the 2007 MS-HUG (Microsoft Healthcare Users Group) Annual Innovation Awards in the category of Clinical Records - Ambulatory.



When you consider how mobile and accessible women's health records need to be, digiChart is using Microsoft tools to provide user-friendly, upgradeable and secure solutions that positively change how healthcare is delivered.

    digiChart OB-GYN(R) is a specialty-specific Electronic Medical Record (EMR) designed specifically for OB-GYN physician practices and resident physicians' clinics. Built on Microsoft .NET, Windows Server 2003 and SQL Server 2005 Enterprise edition, the company's Internet-based EMR serves as a full obstetrical and gynecological patient record replacing antiquated paper charting processes, which are rife with problems such as increased patient safety risks, security concerns, limited access and illegibility.

"digiChart's mission is to help our OB-GYN physician customers provide a higher quality of care to women," said Dr. G. William Bates, Chief Executive Officer of digiChart. "Today, over 93,000 active pregnancies and over 550,000 patients' records nationwide are managed with our EMR. This award from MS-HUG confirms that we are producing and delivering innovative technology solutions that enhance the standard of care provided to each of those women across the country."

OB-GYN is truly a 24x7 specialty demanding that patient information be delivered in the right place and the right time, but clinicians remain hindered by fragmented communication between patients, physicians, practice staff, hospitals, devices and labs. Too often OB-GYN providers do not have the necessary information to make the best clinical decisions.

digiChart's EMR eliminates those problems by giving providers anytime, anywhere access to their patients' records. Patients can report their medical histories and current issues through a secure Web portal, and any changes to a chart are immediately available. Clinicians, therefore, are empowered with continuously updated patient health information, alerts, medications, lab and test results, allergies and relevant medical history. Even hospital labor and deliver staff can view patients' records directly at the point of care.

"digiChart's EMR has completely transformed my practice," said Dr. Tom Shultz of Primrose OB-GYN in Springfield, MO. "We're paperless, more profitable and enjoy more free time, but most importantly digiChart gives us patient information when and where we need it most. This level of access means better care for our patients."

The MS-HUG awards recognize healthcare organizations and individuals who exhibit the best use of Microsoft-based products, as well as independent software vendors that develop solutions on Microsoft technology for the healthcare industry. Award contestants are evaluated on how they provide significant business benefits to healthcare organizations and improve patient care.

"On one Microsoft-based application, digiChart is supporting and protecting a large amount of precious information," said Chris Sullivan, health industry solutions director, Microsoft's U.S. Healthcare and Life Sciences Group. "When you consider how mobile and accessible women's health records need to be, digiChart is using Microsoft tools to provide user-friendly, upgradeable and secure solutions that positively change how healthcare is delivered."

Recognized as leaders in the healthcare industry by Microsoft and MS-HUG, the winners were announced at the Microsoft Booth, No. 1141, at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27. In addition, the ISV and customer finalists will be highlighted on the HIMSS and MS-HUG Web sites.

Categories for the 2007 MS-HUG Annual Innovation Awards included:

-- Clinical Records - Inpatient

-- Clinical Records - Ambulatory

-- Disease Surveillance

-- Interoperability

-- Outcomes Reporting

-- Delivery Transformation

About digiChart, Inc. (http://www.digichart.com)

Based in Nashville, TN, digiChart, Inc. is a leader in healthcare information technology solutions and services. Dedicated to improving women's healthcare, digiChart provides Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Practice Management System (PMS) solutions, along with the related implementation and workflow reengineering services, to OB-GYN practices across the country. Physicians and their staff use digiChart's solutions to streamline and optimize their practices clinically and financially, as well as achieve higher rates of patient satisfaction. digiChart is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and bases its technology on Microsoft .NET. digiChart has a license with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) to distribute an electronic replica of the ACOG Antepartum Record.

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