January 30, 2007 08:00 ET

The YMCA of Greater Des Moines Chooses AMES MyFile Personal Health Record

AMES MyFile Provides Personalized Dashboard for the Management of Personal Health and Wellness

SOMERVILLE, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 30, 2007 -- AMES, a national provider of solutions for the Management of Health Information, is now offering MyFile -- an integrated, Web-based personal health record application designed to enable people to proactively manage their own health care. This cutting-edge technology will be used by the YMCA of Greater Des Moines to promote member health and wellness.

The YMCA of Greater Des Moines offers a wide variety of programs for all age groups, focusing on creating a healthy spirit, mind and body. By incorporating MyFile into their programs, children, teens and adults can benefit from this invaluable resource to efficiently organize their personal health records, action plans and lifestyle choices.

"AMES MyFile fits well into our philosophy," states Vernon Delpesce, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Des Moines. "We encourage our members to take an active role in their healthcare, as we work to build a stronger, healthier community."

By using MyFile and working together, a wellness coach and a YMCA member can develop and assign action plans, and discuss the results to review progress. "Alerts" can even be implemented to notify the wellness coach of completed tasks and next steps, based on pre-defined action items.

"Providing individuals with a Personal Health Record and Health Risk Assessment empowers them to establish a health awareness baseline, update their health status, and be more aware of the safety and self-efficacy of their health choices. This tool allows them to be more engaged in their health and wellness programs," states Ken Lammi, AMES Advisory Director.

Additionally, the AMES MyFile System helps reduce healthcare costs by providing individual patient health risk assessments, supporting disease management and wellness programs, and improving chronic care plans. All health records can be accessed through one's MyFile Personal Health Record, while privacy and security are maintained in compliance with HIPPA requirements.

Hospitals, pharmacies, health clubs, colleges, major corporations, and regional health information organizations can all benefit from this progressive transformation in healthcare -- from AMES, a trusted name in healthcare for over fifty years.

About AMES:

Since 1919 AMES has been the benchmark in health information management products, services and systems. The company introduced AMES Color-File -- the color-coded records management system -- now the standard for the industry -- over 50 years ago. Today, AMES continues its tradition of offering a diverse and comprehensive line of solutions, integrating time-tested products with new technological offerings, providing our customers with the value and forward thinking they've come to expect. For more information please contact 1-800-343-2040, email, or visit

About YMCA of Greater Des Moines:

Founded in 1868, the YMCA of Greater Des Moines has been a constant in the changing horizon of the Des Moines area. The YMCA of Greater Des Moines is a dynamic organization led by over 220 outstanding community volunteers serving on the boards and by a dedicated staff of over 1,000 individuals. YMCA programs build character and assets in kids, strengthen family relationships and promote healthy lifestyles.

Contact Information

    Virginia Reisig
    AMES Color-File
    (617) 684-1075
    Email: Email Contact