"The ability for our physicians to gain access to our data without delay is the most important aspect of Elmore's decision to go with Optio", stated Tricia Senger, Elmore Medical Center's chief financial officer. "When it comes to managing medical records, we've had to spend a lot of time pushing paper. This system will allow our physicians to go in and with a few clicks, send information where it needs to go. It's very efficient."
According to Tricia Senger, the move towards electronic health records is something that hospitals can't avoid. "Eventually we will all have to do it", she explained. "Getting physician and nurse buy-in prior to purchase is the key to its ultimate success. We created a team that we thought would be essential towards making the right decision. For our facility it was an easy decision; it's a great suite of products and very easy to use."
The subscription-based contract with Optio includes various software modules in addition to Optio's EHR and forms automation solutions. Elmore Medical Center will also be implementing Optio's document archive, patient-signature capture and imaging solutions.
"We looked at Optio's technology as a way to go paperless and reduce the possibility for manual errors", stated Tricia Senger. "We spend a lot of money making copies of forms and manually changing information and putting together packets of information - so somebody is constantly pushing paper. Optio's solutions will make hospital processes so much easier", she added.
Elmore's chief financial officer expects that Optio's technology will significantly reduce the costs of paper and printing throughout the facility. She also expects to see a reduction in days' not final billed (DNFB), as well as the time that physicians typically spend commuting between health care facilities.
"We're a small hospital ... so it's sometimes difficult to get our physicians into the facility to sign patient charts. I really believe that Optio's solutions will improve our DNFB status", stated Tricia Senger. "When the physicians see how powerful Optio's solutions are, I'm sure they'll wonder how they ever lived without it."
"We're delighted to be chosen by Elmore Medical Center to provide a complete set of EHR and forms automation solutions", stated Mike McGuire, Optio's senior vice president and general manager of health care sales and service. "This partnership underscores Optio's commitment to providing small hospitals with state-of-the-art technology that not only improves document-intensive processes, but ensures that safety and legal compliance requirements are met, both now and into the future."
Founded in 1955, Elmore Medical Center's 25-bed, full-service facility is a partner in the Southwest Idaho Community Health Network (SWICHN) - an 11-member hospital and health care network dedicated to sharing resources, skills and knowledge to provide the best possible care to the communities of Southwestern Idaho.
Optio Software, with 25 years of experience and more than 5500 clients, worldwide, provides software solutions dedicated to improving, managing and controlling the complete lifecycle of document-intensive processes, while extending the value of their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Hospital Information Systems. More than 5500 organisations rely on Optio Software for innovative business-process improvement solutions that allow them to reduce transactional activities and focus on core responsibilities. Headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia, Optio Software maintains European, Middle Eastern and African (E.M.E.A.) headquarters in the United Kingdom and sales offices in the United States, France, Germany and The Netherlands.
More than 700 health care organisations use Optio's affordable, legal Electronic Health Record (EHR), forms automation, clinical document management, imaging and advanced labeling solutions to capture, format, scan, view, sign, and archive patient information. Optio's technology delivers real-time access to patient information throughout the continuum of care, while improving patient safety and ensuring compliance with industry requirements. More company news can be found in the VMW March 2007 article Optio's ink-on-glass solution streamlines EHR processes and eliminates the cost of pre-printed forms.