National Rural Health Association partners with Optio to provide affordable Electronic Health Record solutions

Kansas City 12 May 2006The National Rural Health Association's (NRHA) Rural Services Corporation has selected Optio as the partner vendor for Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Forms Automation solutions. Optio is a strong advocate for the adoption of electronic health records at smaller hospitals and rural facilities. While there are more than 6000 hospitals in the United States, more than 3500 have less than 100 beds according to the Hospital Blue Book.


"NRHA and Optio share a passion and dedication for ensuring that rural hospitals across the country can improve access to quality health care", stated Alan Morgan, Chief Executive Officer of the NRHA. "Our evaluation of vendors was extensive and we are happy to say that our selection of Optio is an outstanding opportunity for NRHA members to gain preferred access to affordable EHR and forms automation solutions."

Smaller hospitals often do not have the capital budget to implement major systems but their requirement to access patient information rapidly and accurately is equal to or greater than that of larger facilities. Optio's subscription-based licensing model enables smaller facilities to launch an EHR system quickly and economically.

"Our relationship with NRHA is extremely rewarding and we are excited about the mutual opportunities for improving the quality of rural health care by streamlining access to patient information", stated Optio Healthcare Director of Sales Steve Woodis. "Our subscription-based model and remote implementation and monitoring services make Optio Healthcare Solutions a good fit with the requirements and resources of smaller, rural facilities."

Optio Healthcare Solutions automate error-prone manual processes and provide a universal hub and Web-enabled access point for all current and historic patient documents. Optio solutions will generate on-demand patient admission packs, eliminating the cost of producing and storing pre-printed registration forms. Registrars will produce bar-coded wristbands and labels complete with patient demographics for accurate identification throughout the system.

The NRHA is a national non-profit organisation, with approximately 10.000 members that provides leadership on rural health issues. The Association's mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of rural Americans and to provide leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. The NRHA membership is made up of a diverse collection of individuals and organisations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health.

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 Optio news is available in the VMW May 2006 article Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals partners with Optio to deliver affordable Electronic Record Solutions.

Leslie Versweyveld

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