Hamilton Healthcare System Purchases Clinical, Financial Technology

Jan. 29, 2010

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 28, 2010) – Hamilton Healthcare System (HHS) has selected Healthcare Management Systems, Inc. (HMS) to provide customized clinical and financial technology applications for its facilities including Hamilton General Hospital, a 34-bed community hospital located in Hamilton, Texas, Family Practice Rural Health Clinic in Hamilton, Texas, Hico Clinic in Hico, Texas and Family Practice Clinic of Mills County in Goldthwaite, Texas.

The HMS software, an enterprise-wide technology solution for more than 600 community hospitals, will allow Hamilton Healthcare System to automate its financial activities, including patient accounting, accounts payable, and eligibility. It will also enhance clinical productivity, improve patient safety and provide many of the benefits associated with automating lab results, physician orders, medication administration, transcription and other clinical data. In addition to the direct hospital benefits, the system will integrate with the community-based physician electronic medical record allowing key hospital personnel and physicians access to relevant patient information within the hospital, completing the continuum of care.

“HMS was attractive because of its customized software that allows systems to grow and expand,” said Chad Reinert, HHS’s director of information technology.

Jim Shafer, chief executive officer at Hamilton Healthcare System added that the hospital began to implement the new software package mid-January as a product launch aptly named “HHS200: Racing Forward.” The implementation process will be complete by this summer.

The HMS clinical-financial package will allow Hamilton General Hospital to meet its business goal to share data between its hospital, visiting specialists and its three clinics.

In addition, HMS provides in-depth, on-site training, an important service for community hospitals such as Hamilton General. “We wear many hats in a rural hospital, which makes it difficult for a group of us to be off-site for training for an extended period of time,” said Michele Cathey, chief operating and financial officer at Hamilton Healthcare System. “HMS’s on-site training allowed us to train our 200 employees without disrupting patient care.”

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