December 4, 2001
Florida Clinics Among First to Use
Wireless MedicWare EMR 5.0
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
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
"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,"