Yuma Regional Medical Center turns to MEDSEEK for enterprise eHealth strategic planning

Birmingham 20 August 2007MEDSEEK, a provider of enterprise eHealth solutions that connect information and people for better patient care and community advocacy, has been retained by Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC) in Yuma, Arizona, to develop a comprehensive enterprise eHealth strategy, called eMap. MEDSEEK's eMap will anchor YRMC's vision to its business and community outreach and advocacy goals, drive business performance, provide competitive advantage, and strategically position the organisation for growth.

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"We selected MEDSEEK because the company offers several key competencies that parallel the hospital's immediate needs", stated Dan Thelen, CPHIMS, director of Information Systems, Yuma Regional Medical Center, a non-profit, full-service 333-bed acute care hospital with approximately 2000 employees and more than 250 physicians. "MEDSEEK has the experience and expertise to assist us in developing a well-planned strategy to take the organisation to the next level in engaging our community and ensuring a positive experience - not just polish an already advanced web presence. Our goal is to establish an enterprise patient portal platform that will inform and empower patients and the community."

MEDSEEK's eMap methodology includes an analysis of the health care enterprise's current readiness and capabilities together with its current infrastructure and a proposed Web Portal expansion plan fully aligned with corporate goals. The plan will broaden YRMC's consumer presence to focus more completely on the health, medical needs and well-being of its patients and the local community at large.

"The eMap process will include enhanced site functionality and scope of services. This next wave of web innovation will reflect increased information sharing with the broad spectrum of stakeholders who interact with the hospital, as well as a seamless, rich experience for the community and for those re-locating to Yuma seeking information about the medical care that await them at Yuma Regional Medical Center", continued Dan Thelen.

eMap is part of eHealth Continuum, MEDSEEK's suite of strategic consulting services that provides the knowledge, strategic planning and operations expertise necessary to help health care clinical and business leaders accomplish greater continuity in patient care and experience via their Web Portal.

"MEDSEEK will leverage the best in Web technologies to guide Yuma Regional Medical Center on its journey to offer enhanced information sharing with its patients, clinicians and the YUMA community", asserted Mike Drake, MEDSEEK's chief executive officer. "Today's competitive health care landscape demands a structured eHealth strategy as the foundation for delivering the experience consumers want, while ensuring greater market reach and constituent loyalty. For continued growth, it is mission-critical for health care organisations to provide access, information sharing and valuable consumer experiences", concluded Mike Drake.

Yuma Regional Medical Center is a non-profit, full-service 333-bed Joint Commission accredited acute care hospital offering state-of-the-art technology coupled with a compassionate caring environment. About 2000 employees and more than 250 physicians join to create a health centre unparalleled for a city the size of Yuma, Arizona.

Birmingham, Alabama-based MEDSEEK provides health care organisations with Enterprise eHealth solutions to fully engage and strengthen relationships with key constituents - physicians, patients, employees, and consumers. By connecting information and communities to foster an enhanced experience with the organisation, hospitals will improve community advocacy, revenue and patient throughput, and clinical decision making.

MEDSEEK's comprehensive Web platform and strategic consulting services create the infrastructure and provide the thought leadership for hospitals to deliver the most powerful Portal solutions. With more than ten years' experience and 600+ hospital customers, MEDSEEK has the experience and expertise to meet the diverse needs of the health care community. MEDSEEK also maintains offices in California and Mississippi. More company news is available in the VMW August 2006 article MEDSEEK to build Kingman Regional Medical Center's physician portal, providing access to clinical data in one unified view.


Leslie Versweyveld

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