Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Excellence Achievement Award - Extended Care Technology

*Edward Koscic & Associates, LLC

Strongsville, OH , The professional consulting firm of Edward Koscic and Associates has issued its highest award for excellence to three leading independent software vendors (ISVs) specializing in clinical applications for health care:

Rohnert Park, California-based Chartware, Inc. (http://www.chartware.com/) for its revolutionary electronic medical record (EMR) for physician practices;

Montreal, Quebec-based VisualMED Clinical Solutions Corporation (http://www.visualmedsolutions.com) for its EMR for hospitals

Ozark, Missouri-based HealthMEDX (http://www.healthmedx.com/) for its knowledge management-based clinical application for nursing homes and home health providers.

“This is our highest award for achievement and excellence,” commented Mr. Edward Koscic, president and founder of Edward Koscic and Associates, “recognizing the essential qualities of successful software applications, the character of each company and its management, their experience in the development of healthcare software solutions, the employment of state of the art technology, the execution & performance of their respective applications, and what their customers say about them.”

ChartWare, Inc. is a physician-founded private company dedicated to improving patient care and professional quality of life for health care providers. The company was co-founded by Daniel Essin, MD and David Tully-Smith MD, PhD, who both pioneered early research on electronic medical records beginning in 1984. Since its incorporation in 1995 ChartWare has been delivering clinical documentation software that is known for its elegant functionality and ease of use. Initial installations of the company's flagship product were in family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics and cardiology. Today, ChartWare is operational in over 40 states and has been successfully implemented in more than 20 clinical specialties. “This is the best kind of award to have because it comes from experienced consultants whose success depends on making sure the systems they recommend to physicians are the best they can find,” says ChartWare CEO, David Tully-Smith MD. “ChartWare is the only electronic medical record system suitable for both hospitals and small practices to be awarded five stars by Family Practice Management, journal of the American Academy of Family Physicians.”

VisualMED Clinical Solutions Corporation is a publicly-traded marketer of state-of-the-art Clinical Information Systems (CIS) based on a robust core computer physician order entry (CPOE) engine conceived by clinicians and integrated within a comprehensive patient electronic medical record. It is a scaleable enterprise-wide Electronic Medical Record with CPOE decision support at its core whose development is based on 10 years of experience with its first generation physician order entry system. Designed by clinicians with more than 20 years hands-on experience in the tertiary care environment, the VisualMED Clinical System is modular in concept and responds to the unique needs of each of the medical and surgical specialties. “The selection of these three systems by Ed Koscic & Associates is a formal recognition of a new generation of comprehensive, cost-effective and easily deployed systems,” says VisualMED Chairman Gerard Dab. “It is this new generation that will provide alternatives to the cumbersome multi-year implementations of current vendors.”

HealthMEDX, Inc. (HMX) develops and markets CareMEDX, a knowledge-centered solution, which enables providers to leverage data, knowledge, and experience to improve quality of care while increasing overall efficiency. Specializing in solutions for the extended care market, HMX’s product suite offers business monitoring, integrated resident or patient management, scheduling, clinical, point of care, wireless, and financial solutions with a real-time digital dashboard. “Our mission is to bring Knowledge Management Solutions to healthcare clients that will increase productivity and improve overall efficiency,” says Charlie Daniels, President and co-founder of HealthMEDX. “Through our integrated Enterprise Information System, we strive to provide exceptional quality at a reasonable price with unsurpassed service. We are honored to receive this recognition for excellence from a firm of professionals has the responsibility to help providers get IT right.”

About Edward Koscic and Associates (http://www.go2guy.us/)

Supported by a constantly-growing database that evaluates hundreds of health care-focused clinical, financial, and payroll applications, Edward Koscic and Associates, the Go2Guy, delivers information and consulting services to help clients reduce the expense and frustration of selecting and implementing enterprise-class software. With more than fifteen years of experience, the firm provides intelligence to healthcare organizations searching for software solutions.

In today's challenging world of electronic medical records and increased reporting and scrutiny from government agencies, providers need a champion on their side. From pre-selection planning through the "go-live" date and beyond, Ed and his associates assist providers with the mechanics of the operation and allow provider staff to do what they were trained and hired to do...care for residents and/or patients.

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