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December 4,  2001

Florida Clinics Among First to Use Wireless MedicWare EMR 5.0


 (SafetyAlerts) - Two medical practices in Florida are among the first to contract with Companion Technologies to use MedicWare EMR 5.0. They will use the recently-launched version wirelessly from notebook computers.

Companion announced the launch of MedicWare EMR 5.0 in September, setting a new standard in the industry by offering full electronic medical record (EMR) functionality using real time wireless access to patient medical records from PDAs and/or notebook computers.

The practices using MedicWare EMR 5.0 are Harborside Internal Medicine, Punta Gorda, Fla., and Murdock Family Medicine, Port Charlotte, Fla. Harborside employs approximately 20 people and sees 70 patients a day in their office, plus more in rounds in nursing homes and hospitals. Murdock includes nearly 50 employees and sees more than 200 patients a day in their offices plus another 100 in a diagnostic center that provides ancillary services.

Harborside Internal Medicine had been using a voice-activated dictation system but decided to seek an EMR that would provide better documentation for CMS (formerly HCFA) compliance, said Dr. Michael K. Brinson, DO. "I use MedicWare on a notebook computer while I'm still with the patient. We looked at 10 of the top products and settled on MedicWare because it has good flow, it's all inclusive, and it's point and click. I don't have to write anything," Dr. Brinson said.

Murdock Family Medicine began considering adding an EMR system while making plans to move into a new building more than a year ago. "Paper takes up space and we have some progressive doctors who felt that eventually all medical offices would be going to EMRs," said Jan Ehrenfeld, RN and office manager. "So we researched software and called our colleagues who had systems and made site visits. We chose MedicWare because it wasn't so cumbersome. It flowed more like a regular patient chart and is more flexible than others in things like how you can enter information."

MedicWare EMR's original development began about 10 years ago with physician input, and it is one of the oldest EMRs on the market. Lynn L. Hudson, RHIA, product manager for Companion Technologies, expressed the importance of EMRs in reducing losses by physicians from denied claims resulting from inadequate documentation.

"MedicWare 5.0 exceeds all government regulations and allows physicians to avoid costly mistakes. More importantly it enables the physician to access critical information securely anytime anywhere to deliver optimal care to their patients. We're please to have the Harborside and Murdock practices join Companion Technologies in using this new approach with MedicWare 5.0," she said.

Source: PRNewswire.

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