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42 Hospitals Attest to Stage 1 Meaningful Use With T-System

T-System Is Only Departmental Vendor on List Ranking Top 10 EHRs by Number of Hospital Attestations

DALLAS, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 02/02/12 -- Forty-two hospitals have successfully attested to Stage 1 Meaningful Use using T-System's certified emergency department information system (EDIS), The T SystemEV®, according to data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). A third-party comparative analysis by blogger Brian Ahier posted to the Government Health IT website illustrates that T-System ranks eighth on a list of the top 10 electronic health records (EHR) vendors in terms of facility attestations. The company further distinguished itself by being the only departmental vendor named to the list.

"We are pleased that T-System enabled 42 organizations to qualify for Meaningful Use incentives," said Robert Hitchcock, M.D., FACEP, T-System vice president and chief medical informatics officer. "More importantly, the information we've received from our clients indicates that Meaningful Use attainment with T-System did not negatively impact hospitals' operations or revenue. We're anticipating that several more clients will attest in the very near future, and we're actively supporting their progress along the way."

T-System solutions have one of the industry's highest rates of user adoption, 100 percent at almost every site, which has contributed to T SystemEV clients being able to easily reach the required threshold minimums for Meaningful Use criteria. T SystemEV has one of the most complete ONC-ATCB certifications that includes computerized provider order entry (CPOE) and clinical quality measures, a Meaningful Use criteria for which few best-of-breed EDISs are certified. In addition, T SystemEV provides out-of-the-box reports for tracking progress of Meaningful Use compliance.

"Achieving Stage 1 Meaningful Use was a significant 2011 milestone for us," said Dean Gushee, M.D., M.S., FACEP, medical director of Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics, a Shelton, Wash.-based critical-access public hospital district that treats 21,000 ED patients annually. "We wouldn't have been able to successfully attest without T-System. The ease of use and functionality of T SystemEV enabled us to dramatically improve cross-department communication and ED performance. For example, we have reduced the average time it takes for patients to be seen by a physician to 40 minutes after they walk through the door. The solution also helped us cut the rate of patients who leave without being seen to less than 2 percent and average length of stay to two hours."

T SystemEV and its Meaningful Use benefits will be featured in an educational session at the 2012 Annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas. In a presentation titled "Emergency Medicine EHR Helps Drive Enterprise Meaningful Use Readiness," Roger Neal, vice president and chief information officer, Duncan Regional Hospital, and Barbara DiMercurio, R.N., MBA, director, Emergency Services, University of Louisville Hospital, co-present their strategy of leveraging an EDIS to achieve enterprise-wide Meaningful Use compliance and data integration. The session begins at 11 a.m. PST, Tuesday, Feb. 21, room Marcello 4506 at the Venetian Sands Expo Center. T-System will also demonstrate its EDIS, Feb. 20-24 at its HIMSS booth #4012.

About T-System
T-System, Inc. sets the industry standard for clinical, business and IT solutions for emergency medicine, with approximately 40 percent of the nation's emergency departments using T-System solutions. To meet the individual needs of hospitals, T-System offers both paper and electronic systems. These tools help clinicians provide better patient care, while improving efficiency and the bottom line. Today, more than 1,700 emergency departments rely on T-System's gold-standard content and workflow solutions. For more information, visit www.tsystem.com. Follow us on Twitter (@TSystem), or become a T-System fan on Facebook.

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