SOURCE: Boston Software Systems

July 11, 2005 08:30 ET

Making Electronic Health Records a Reality: Boston Software Systems Executive Available to Discuss System Interoperability and Workflow Automation

The Heat is on to Speed Computerization of Patient Records

SHERBORN, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 11, 2005 -- Legislation to improve healthcare quality and speed the computerization and interlinking of patient medical records is back on congressional dockets. The President has expressed a goal that every American should have an electronic health record (EHR) within 10 years.

Healthcare organizations realize that investing in technology is not only necessary, it is inevitable. Therefore, the increasing demand for adding new technology in all healthcare organizations requires that existing systems and processes are handled in the most cost-effective way possible. It also requires that new technology purchases must work within organizations' current workflow and technology infrastructure.

"Today's healthcare industry requires many players to work in close harmony to deliver quality care," said Steve Cohen, vice president of Boston Software Systems. "This includes disparate organizations such as hospitals, insurance companies and physician practices, as well as disparate departments and locations within one single organization. Everyone among these locations and departments must communicate seamlessly and quickly to maintain high quality patient care and maintain the sense of urgency inherent in a hospital environment."

Mr. Cohen is available to discuss how organizations can automate and streamline basic business processes to achieve a paperless environment. Hundreds of healthcare organizations worldwide use Boston Software Systems' technology to automate and improve processes throughout their facilities. For example, St. Michael's Hospital in Wisconsin, recently merged 140,000 patient records from a clinical system to the hospital's MEDITECH information system, so that physicians would need only one ID number to reference patient records. This is one step in the direction of an EHR environment for St. Michael's. Other Boston Software Systems' customers include HCA-Midwest, Stanford Medical Center, Charleston Area Medical Center, Lutheran Health Network and Tenet Healthcare. Boston Software Systems partners with such leading application and systems vendors as McKesson, Siemens, Quovadx, Orion International and WebMD.

If you are interested in speaking with Mr. Cohen and/or a Boston Software Systems customer regarding EHR best practices, developing standards and promoting system interoperability, please contact Davida Dinerman or Jon Siegal at (781) 684-0770 or send an e-mail to

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