SOURCE: MedLink International, Inc.

MedLink International, Inc.

March 22, 2011 15:15 ET

Baptist Health South Florida Selects MedLink iSuite for Electronic Health Record (EHR) Subsidy Program

NAPLES, FL--(Marketwire - March 22, 2011) -  MedLink (OTCQB: MLKNA), a leading provider of clinical software and healthcare IT solutions, announced today that it has entered into a agreement with Baptist Health South Florida, the largest faith based, not-for-profit health care organization in Florida as one of the vendors to participate in Baptist Health's EHR (Electronic Health Record) Donation Program. Baptist Health South Florida, with a long standing pedigree as a national leader in the adoption of healthcare IT across its network of 6 hospitals in southeast Florida with more than 1,500 beds, and as part of its continuing commitment to enable excellent quality care and services, will assist its more than 2,000 physicians in the adoption of Electronic Health Records in their private practices through an EHR Donation Program. 

MedLink's iSuite EHR will be available to qualified affiliated Baptist physicians, in a program that will subsidize the cost of up to 85% of implementing and operating the iSuite EHR. The Baptist subsidies over the next three years will be a substantial investment; however, a fully connected Baptist Health system would provide immediate returns with just greater efficiencies in the delivery of care alone. The EHR Donation Program may also help Baptist Health physicians satisfy the government's requirements for achieving 'meaningful use' by implementing EHR's in their practices, which may enable those physicians to qualify for additional incentive dollars over the next 5 years based on their collection and reporting of quality data, and ultimately improving the quality of care and improved patient outcomes.

Baptist Health's EHR donation Program will promote the adoption of interoperable Electronic Health Records that will improve the quality of patient care as well as the overall efficiency in the delivery of health care to the patient. Baptist is seeking to create and promote a community wide initiative of linking hospital services, physicians and other healthcare providers to offer a truly integrated healthcare delivery system by providing physicians with better access to real time clinical patient information and ultimately better information. A connected system will enable better transition of care with the ultimate goal of achieving lower costs with enhanced patient care, efficiencies and better outcomes.

MedLink's iSuite 4.0 EHR, a CCHIT 2011 Certified Ambulatory EHR and 2011/2012 ONC-ATCB certified EHR qualifies its users for 'meaningful use,' allowing for the automation of everyday clinical functions such as prescriptions, documenting patient visits, lab ordering, creating notes and tasks and much more to create immediate efficiencies in practice productivity. Deployed as a web-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), the iSuite EHR can be accessed securely from any PC or internet enabled device, significantly reducing the upfront hardware costs required for implementing traditional software based EHR systems while also freeing physicians in smaller practices from the need to manage costly software, networking and hardware issues and allowing for a faster implementations.

"Baptist Health South Florida is regularly recognized as one of the nation's leading hospitals with advanced IT systems and is at the forefront of a national trend of assisting their ambulatory care physician in the adoption of Electronic Health Records and the advancement of a connected health network," stated Ray Vuono, President and CEO of MedLink, "MedLink is truly excited to now be a part of the Baptist Health initiative and I applaud their efforts in advancing a community wide interoperability model by providing their physicians and staff with the tools to truly advance collaboration." 

About Baptist Health South Florida
Headquartered in Coral Gables, Baptist Health is South Florida's largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization. Its network of services extends throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties with Baptist, Baptist Children's, South Miami, West Kendall Baptist, Homestead, Mariners and Doctors Hospitals; outpatient diagnostic and surgical facilities such as the conveniently located Baptist Medical Plazas; and home health care services in the region. Through these and other facilities, Baptist Health serves more than 100,000 people each year. Our distinctive pineapple logo, an age-old symbol of hospitality, reflects a patient-centered focus or warmth and welcome. Baptist Health was created in 1990, but its tradition of medical excellence goes back decades. Baptist Health Foundation, the organizations fundraising arm, supports services at all hospitals affiliated with Baptist Health.

About MedLink
MedLink is a healthcare IT company providing the medical community with products and services designed for the creation, management and sharing of clinical information through innovative and scalable solutions. MedLink's suite of products includes the MedLink iSuite EHR and PM, MedLink Lab, MedLink IX and the Connect HIN (Health Information Network). MedLink provides its ambulatory services to Physicians in 28 states, supporting more than 25 specialties, as well as intuitive software and service solutions on the Enterprise level to enhance outreach and interoperability for Laboratories, Hospitals, and regional healthcare organizations. MedLink's suite of services are all designed on an integrated platform that provides for seamless collaboration and data interoperability for all healthcare participants. For more information regarding MedLink's products and services, please visit www.medlinkus.com  

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