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Sam's Club Launches Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Package for Practices to Help Improve Patient Care
Date:4/6/2009

Virginia, Illinois and Georgia First States Targeted for Phased Implementation

BENTONVILLE, Ark., April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- To help independent medical practitioners provide more timely care, reduce medical errors, eliminate paperwork and contain costs, Sam's Club, eClinicalWorks(R) and Dell announced today details of its turnkey electronic medical record (EMR) and practice management package, ideal for small physician practices. This first-of-its-kind partnership and package eliminates the traditional barriers to entry including cost and complexity and will help to increase adoption rates and improve overall patient care.

"We have thousands of members in the medical field today that buy products and services at Sam's Club to help them run their businesses and they tell us that cost is a significant barrier to adopting EMRs," said Charles Redfield, senior vice president at Sam's Club. "Over the past year of our partnership, we developed a solution that is easy to use, affordable and will help them do a better job of taking care of their patients' needs."

EMRs have the potential to reduce health care costs while improving the quality of care delivered according to health care experts. Unfortunately, adoption rates among physicians in the U.S. have remained low. A June 2008 survey published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed only four percent of U.S. physicians providing direct patient care said they had a full EMR system, and only 13 percent said they had even a basic system.

The EMR package is available now in Virginia, Illinois and Georgia as part of a phased implementation. It is anticipated the package will be available to physicians nationwide this year.

"I am pleased that Sam's Club is working with the Virginia Department of Health to build in the ability for this system to share immunization data and mandated disease reporting w
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