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Michigan CardioVascular Institute Selects Sage Intergy EHR to Streamline Clinical, Workflow and Reporting Efficiencies
Date:1/12/2009

Twenty-two location cardiovascular group practice to use Sage Intergy solutions to streamline data, drive best practices and position itself for pay-for-performance

TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Michigan CardioVascular Institute, a Saginaw-Mich.-based group practice including 33 nationally recognized cardiologists and heart surgeons, today announced it selected the integrated Sage Intergy practice management (PM) and Sage Intergy EHR electronic health records system to improve care, workflow, data access and reporting. The group, which employs more than 260 people at 22 locations in mid Michigan, also wants to standardize care and prepare for a pay-for-performance environment.

"After carefully evaluating 11 vendors for the past year-and-a-half, we selected Sage because its solutions are the easiest to use, run on a single, integrated database, and most importantly, best fit our clinical, administrative and financial workflow processes," said Bill Hardimon, MCVI's CEO.

"Physicians also deemed Sage to be the most flexible of all the systems they considered," Hardimon continued. "They feel Sage Intergy EHR respects their individual preferences because its look and feel can be customized according to each physician's specifications without adversely impacting MCVI's overall operations and objectives."

Added CEO Hardimon, "Sage's team has been extremely responsive through every step of the process and continues to demonstrate that commitment as they guide us through the planning, training and implementation stages."

When Sage Intergy EHR goes live in mid 2009, MCVI will be able to:

  • Prescribe and sign orders and charts electronically for the first time.
  • Reduce telephone calls from pharmacists because clinicians, including 14 nurse practitioners and physician assistants, will quickly know whether prescriptions are covered by insurers' drug formularies before patients leave the office.
  • Eliminate redundant data entry due to Sage Intergy EHR and Sage Intergy PM's integrated, single-database platform.
  • Streamline access to patient information.

"Physicians will be able to securely access a patient's complete record anytime anywhere via a secure Web connection, enabling them to make better and timelier treatment decisions," Hardimon said.

Additionally, the group is purchasing Sage Practice Analytics and Sage Intergy Practice Portal, enabling the practice to mine its data and facilitate secure, electronic practice-patient communication, respectively.

"By combining Sage Intergy EHR with Sage Practice Analytics, we will gain a level of insight into our clinical and financial performance that is impossible with the system that we are replacing," Hardimon said. "Due to the difficult economic climate, the national movement to link reimbursement to quality of care and the incoming administration's plan to reform healthcare, it is imperative we measure quality indicators and outcomes as soon as possible. Sage provides the powerful tools we need to accomplish those goals."

Sage Intergy EHR and Sage Practice Analytics also will allow the practice's cardiovascular research team, which is comprised of 12 full-time employees, to work more efficiently. "Additionally, these two solutions will boost staff productivity by sharply reducing the time -- more than 20 hours a week -- our employees currently spend manually analyzing and compiling data to participate in Medicare's pay-for-performance program," Hardimon said.

Once Intergy EHR is rolled out, the practice's MCVI Foundation, which develops and promotes educational and other community initiatives that enhance quality of life for individuals with cardiac-related problems, will implement Sage MIP Fund Accounting software for nonprofit financial management. Sage MIP Fund Accounting is designed to allow nonprofit organizations to track and report on multiple funds, across multiple budget periods, to meet reporting requirements and demonstrate accountability.

According to Sharon L. Howard, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Sage, "We are delighted that MCVI has decided to become a Sage customer. The selection further validates that our solutions are having a significant impact on clients' clinical, administrative and financial operations. Sage is looking forward to helping MCVI leverage our technologies to their fullest potential."

About Michigan CardioVascular Institute

Michigan CardioVascular Institute (MCVI) is comprised of a team of more than 200 people, including 33 nationally recognized cardiologists and heart surgeons, dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with cardiovascular-related health problems. With 23 locations serving more than 900,000 people throughout mid-Michigan, MCVI is the largest cardiovascular service provider north of Detroit and one of the largest in the Midwest. It also operates a foundation dedicated to cardiovascular research, education and preventive care. For more information, please visit www.mcvi.com.

About Sage Software Healthcare, Inc.

Sage Software Healthcare, Inc., provides integrated electronic health records, EDI applications and practice management systems to thousands of ambulatory care practices throughout North America. These systems enable physicians and practice managers to better manage their practices and improve profitability. Sage Software Healthcare, Inc. is based in Tampa, Fla., and is a division of Sage North America. For more information, please visit www.sagehealth.com or call (877) 932-6301.

About Sage North America

Sage North America is part of The Sage Group plc, a leading global supplier of business management software and services. At Sage, we live and breathe business every day. We are passionate about helping our customers achieve their ambitions. Our range of business software and services is continually evolving as we innovate to answer our customers' needs. Our solutions support accounting, operations, customer relationship management, human resources, time tracking, merchant services and the specialized needs of the construction, distribution, healthcare, manufacturing, nonprofit and real estate industries. Sage North America employs approximately 4,800 people and supports nearly 2.9 million small and medium-size business customers. The Sage Group plc, formed in 1981, was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and now employs more than 14,500 people and supports 5.8 million customers worldwide. For more information, please visit the web site at www.sagenorthamerica.com or call 866-308-2378.

(C) 2009 Sage Software Healthcare, Inc. All rights reserved. Sage, Sage Software, Sage logos and the Sage product and service names mentioned herein are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sage Software Healthcare, Inc. or its affiliated entities. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

    Contacts:
    Lynne Durham
    Sage
    269-277-3645
    lynne.durham@sage.com

    Jan Shulman
    Amendola Communications
    480.664.8412, ext 12
    jshulman@acmarketingpr.com


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