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Cogdell Memorial Hospital Partners with Healthcare Management Systems
Date:1/7/2009

HMS to help Snyder, Texas, hospital go online with electronic health records

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Healthcare Management Systems, Inc.(R) (HMS) announced today that they and Cogdell Memorial Hospital are embarking upon a new partnership. Cogdell Memorial selected HMS to supply a fully integrated financial and clinical hospital information system to get the Snyder, Texas hospital closer to electronic health records (EHR) for its patients.

Cogdell Memorial had been working with a financials-only system from APS when they began a year-long search for a new solution partner that would grow with them.

"We were looking to acquire an integrated system with an EHR in order to enhance our ability to provide patient care because we know that government requirements are forthcoming, and we want to be ahead of the game," said John Everett, chief financial officer for Cogdell Memorial Hospital. "After an intensive search of several different vendors, our directors and physicians were unanimous in choosing HMS."

"HMS just seemed to be the best fit for us overall, both in personality and the specific attributes we were seeking," Everett continued. "Their commitment to customer service, patient care quality, bedside drug administration and core measures tools on an integrated system within our price range really fit the bill."

With their implementation already underway, these changes and their new HMS system are just around the corner.

"We're excited about going live on the new system," Everett concluded. "Anticipated improvements in everything from pre-registration wait times to business office billing to patient safety through greater inter-departmental communication, will work together to make our facility a better resource for the community we serve."

"HMS is pleased to have been selected by Cogdell Memorial Hospital to be their partner in bringing advanced technology to patients and clinicians in the community," said Paul Agee, executive vice president and chief financial officer for HMS. "Our integrated solution will better enable the hospital to provide quality healthcare with state of the art systems now and into the future to help them improve patient safety and move the hospital closer to EHRs."

About HMS

Healthcare Management Systems, Inc. (R) (HMS) is a Nashville-based healthcare company that develops, sells and supports integrated clinical and financial hospital information systems and services. Founded in 1984, HMS counts among its customers over 600 community hospitals; behavioral, rehabilitation and long-term acute care facilities; and multi-entity healthcare organizations nationwide. With the HMS system, caregivers are able to increase their efficiency in delivering quality care with an emphasis on improving patient safety. For more information, please visit www.hmstn.com or call 800.383.3317.

About Cogdell Memorial Hospital

Cogdell Memorial Hospital opened in 1954. It has gone through two major expansions to get it where it is today, a 49-bed acute care hospital. Cogdell offers a variety of services to include hospital Inpatient and Outpatient services, a Home Health agency, a Rehab & Wellness Center, and a 7 provider Rural Health Clinic that provides medical services to the surrounding rural communities. The hospital owns and operates a specialty clinic that brings in Cardiologists, Orthopedic Surgeons and access to other specialists not on staff. Cogdell Memorial Hospital is also upgrading its current 8 Slice CT Scanner to a 64 Slice with the cardiac package and colonography, as well as putting in a full time MRI. For more information, please visit www.cogdellhospital.com.


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