April 05, 2011 15:49 ET

VHA Inc. Introduces IT Solutions and Value-Added Resellers Program to Help Member Hospitals Streamline Processes, Improve Patient Care and Increase Cash Flow

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire - April 5, 2011) -  VHA Inc., the national health care network, recently launched a campaign to educate member hospitals on the ways information technology can streamline processes and improve patient care and increase cash flow.

"Health care providers continue to have concerns around managing daily operational functions as cost-effectively as possible. However, while cash flow is a constant concern, it can be improved by effectively managing information input and flow in almost every area of patient care, reimbursement and compliance," said Steve Berling, national vice president of sales for VHA.

To help members identify areas for cost reduction and operational improvements, VHA is offering participants a free IT and services assessment. Information technology can help hospitals better manage increasing patient case loads, improve patient check-in and insurance verification, improve medical coding, patient care, clinical outcomes and claims submissions and improve converting paper records to electronic medical records -- all resulting in improved cash flow.

Eric Mynster, IT operations manager for Mercy Memorial Hospital System, Monroe, MI, states, "Our applications run faster and perform better, enabling us to implement a network solution that will help our clinicians provide rapid, quality patient care."

Jennifer Busby, director of health information management for Maury Regional Medical Center, Columbia, TN, says, "Applying new information technology resources has allowed us to focus on the electronic medical record transition by freeing up time previously spent physically locating, retrieving, processing and returning paper medical records."

According to Mike Cummins, senior vice president and chief information officer at VHA, health care providers have an opportunity to enhance quality of care, improve operational efficiencies and comply with health care reform requirements through the use of information technology.

"Our goal is to help members maximize their performance and improve cash flow by bringing real value and real assistance to key operational areas. Our IT portfolio includes industry-leading suppliers of technology services and products including value-added resellers, software and services providers, and IT staffing solutions."

3M Health Information Systems   Consulting and solutions for clinical documentation improvement, computer-assisted coding, revenue cycle management, health data management and ICD-10 conversion
athenahealth   Non-acute revenue cycle solutions and electronic medical records
Business Strategy, Inc.   Software and solutions for recovery in the procure-to-pay cycle, accounts payable automation, invoice data entry services and telecom spend assessment
CDW Healthcare   PC hardware and peripherals; IT-related services
ePlus Technology, Inc.   PC hardware and peripherals including financing and leasing; IT-related services
Greenway Medical Technologies   Ambulatory electronic medical records and financial management software
Insight   PC hardware and software; IT consulting services
MedPlus, Inc.   Electronic medical records and document management; imaging software and services
NextGen Healthcare   Non-acute revenue cycle solutions and electronic medical records
Paragon Development Systems   PC hardware and peripherals; IT-related services
Parker Healthcare IT   IT staffing solutions
Technisource Staffing Services   IT staffing solutions

About VHA -- VHA Inc., based in Irving, Texas, is a national network of not-for-profit health care organizations that work together to drive maximum savings in the supply chain arena, set new levels of clinical performance and identify and implement best practices to improve operational efficiency and clinical outcomes. In 2009, VHA delivered record savings and value of $1.47 billion to members. Formed in 1977, VHA serves more than 1,350 hospitals and more than 30,000 non-acute care providers nationwide, coordinating delivery of its programs and services through 16 regional offices. VHA has been listed as one of the best places to work in health care by Modern Healthcare since 2008 and one of the best places to work in IT by Computer World since 2007.

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