September 19, 2011 11:49 ET

MEDITECH Hires Physician to Strengthen Clinical Focus

WESTWOOD, MA--(Marketwire - Sep 19, 2011) - MEDITECH is excited to announce that Steven Jones, MD, Family Practice Physician, will join the MEDITECH staff in September. Dr. Jones will act as the company's lead physician for Electronic Health Record (EHR) development efforts, while also working across MEDITECH on multiple clinical projects.

"I'm thrilled to be at the forefront of MEDITECH's new era," says Jones. "I will be focused on the expansion of, and new design for, MEDITECH's EHR, as well as forging closer relationships across our physician community."

Throughout his tenure at Exeter Hospital (Exeter, NH), Dr. Jones was an informatics physician in addition to his specialties in Obstetrics & Gynecology and Family Medicine. He has been a long-time member of MEDITECH's Physician Advisory Committee, and an outspoken participant in MEDITECH's annual Physician Forum, leading discussions on key industry issues as well as giving direction on MEDITECH's system functionality.

"Dr. Jones is one of several physicians MEDITECH has hired -- and will continue to hire -- as part of our company-wide initiative to add physician expertise to assist us with product development, implementation, marketing, and system optimization," says Leah Farina, MEDITECH Vice President of Client Services, who is spearheading the company's physician outreach initiative. "We look forward to working with Dr. Jones, and leveraging his considerable talents."

A board-certified attending physician since 1999, Dr. Jones has experience in the full range of family practice, including obstetrics, pediatrics, adolescent and adult medicine and geriatrics. His experience includes both the inpatient and outpatient settings, leading to a broad understanding of hospital and outpatient workflow.

Dr. Jones was directly involved in the implementation and ongoing development of the outpatient EMR solution at Lamprey Healthcare, a network of clinics across New Hampshire. This EMR project received the HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence in 2008. Dr. Jones served as Exeter Hospital's Information Systems Medical Director from 2005 through 2008, and has served as Informatics Physician (a role equivalent to CMIO) for Exeter Hospital since 2009.

"This announcement is the latest milestone connected to the ongoing shift at MEDITECH," says Hoda Sayed-Friel, MEDITECH Vice President of Marketing. "We acquired our ambulatory partner LSS Data Systems earlier this year, and we're currently re-organizing to better support our expanded EHR. Our customers can expect to hear more exciting news about 'the new era of MEDITECH' in the months ahead."

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