"TORCH and Optio share a commitment to helping community hospitals overcome the financial and unique organisational barriers that have traditionally hindered electronic health record adoption in the rural and community hospital market", stated Larry Krupala, chief executive officer of TORCH Management Services Inc. "After careful due diligence and discussions with other rural health advocacy groups and management companies that have successfully partnered with Optio in these types of relationships, we chose to endorse Optio for our member hospitals. Optio's experience providing electronic health record and forms automation solutions in more than 700 facilities nationwide, many of which are community hospitals, was another significant factor in our decision."
Optio is a consultative provider and advocate for making electronic health record systems more affordable for community hospitals across the nation. Optio will provide its QuickRecord Suite of electronic health record (EHR) software solutions with its integrated MedEx forms automation applications to TORCH member hospitals.
"We're excited about our partnership with TORCH and pleased that our solutions will enable community hospitals throughout Texas to take advantage of electronic health record, forms automation and document imaging solutions", stated Optio Healthcare Director of Sales Steve Woodis. "Our affordable, subscription-based solutions and remote implementation and monitoring services provide a real solution for rural and community facilities that want to move away from manual and redundant paper-based work flows, and move toward more efficient automated processes."
The Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals was founded in 1990 and is the advocate and resource for general acute-care hospitals of 150 and less. The organisation provides legislative and regulatory advocacy, specialized programmes, publications, services and resources for rural and community hospitals; and supports rural and community hospitals as the focal point for health care delivery in the community.
More than 700 health care organisations use Optio forms automation, electronic health record and clinical document management solutions to capture, format, scan, view, sign, archive and deliver real-time access to patient information at the point of need.
More than 5000 companies use Optio solutions to achieve unprecedented speed, accuracy, functionality and quality in their inbound and outbound document processes and extend their enterprise resource planning (ERP) and hospital information systems (HIS) applications. Founded in 1981, Optio Software maintains world headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, with Europe, Middle East and Africa headquarters in Paris and sales offices in Germany and the United Kingdom. More company news is available in the VMW April 2006 article Sisters of Mercy Health System to implement Optio solutions in 18 hospitals across four states.