Beth Israel Deaconess Physicians Organization / Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center selects Concordant to build and manage their Electronic Health Records infrastructure for independent physicians

North Chelmsford 14 January 2008Concordant Inc., a provider of health care IT services, has been chosen by Beth Israel Deaconess Physicians Organization (BIDPO) / Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) to help build and manage a secure, robust, cost effective Electronic Health Records (EHR) infrastructure for its independent physicians. Concordant is developing the scaleable IT infrastructure to securely connect this diverse health care community, starting with up to 300 BIDPO/BIDMC practices in 173 locations. BIDPO/BIDMC benefits from Concordant's rich expertise in IT design, implementation and management of EHR ambulatory environments.

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According to Dr. John Halamka, CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Chief Information Officer of Harvard Medical School, there are significant challenges in rolling out EHR applications, particularly when the affiliated clinicians are not located within the confines of the hospital.

"We recognized that implementing and supporting these independent offices is not our forte, which is why we chose Concordant as part of our dream team for this project. They bring extraordinary experience and the talent to ensure that this strategic project will be done on time and with the highest quality", stated Dr. Halamka.

"Our extensive experience in EHR implementations in more than 1500 ambulatory practices will deliver significant benefits to BIDPO's/BIDMC's patient care and physician productivity", stated Michael Levinger, CEO, Concordant Inc. "We bring an actionable methodology with comprehensive deliverables that can be scaled and customized to conform to BIDPO's specific needs and objectives."

"We have never before outsourced a project of this magnitude", added Dr. Halamka. "Concordant's track record with previous projects similar in nature, demonstrates their capability to take on this role with the competency and speed that we could not manage by ourselves."

The BIDPO EHR project is currently in the design and planning stage and is expected to begin the pilot phase beginning in the spring of 2008.

Concordant, an eHealth services firm, engages with health care organisations to plan, implement and manage their Health Information Technology (HIT) infrastructure using its unique methodology - combining the right balance of tools, talents, techniques, and cost management.


Leslie Versweyveld

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