Keane, Inc., a U.S.-based IT services and healthcare information technology firm, today announced Evangelical Community Hospital has commissioned Keane Optimum, a one-source solution for healthcare organizations seeking a robust information system, to maintain patient safety and quality of care at its Lewisburg, Pennsylvania location. Evangelical, a private, not-for-profit healthcare facility ranked in the top fifth percentile for patient safety by an independent ratings company, will also leverage the pre-ARRA certified product suite to achieve “meaningful use” certification for its inpatient clinical systems.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) offers billions of dollars in incentive payments to hospitals who meet “meaningful use” requirements of certified health IT products, including electronic health records (EHRs). These incentive payments have afforded an opportunity – and a challenge – to healthcare facilities who must establish meaningful use while maintaining day-to-day operations and administering high-quality patient care. Many facilities need to overhaul existing, discrete IT solutions and implement intuitive, unified applications that meet regulatory requirements without driving up unnecessary complexity and cost. By implementing the Keane Optimum product line, Evangelical will gain an unprecedented amount of visibility, allowing them to tackle issues such as long AR cycles, medical errors and complex or inaccurate third-party billing.
“From inception to completion, Keane partners with its clients to help ensure IT application implementation is completely smooth and seamless,” said Walt Kaczor, senior vice president of Keane’s Healthcare Services Division. “The Keane Optimum product suite will provide Evangelical a suite of tools that are accessible from anywhere and increase collaboration among all disciplines, and our support specialists are on hand to provide the guidance and support throughout the implementation process and beyond. We are confident the combination of healthcare IT expertise and a superior product offering will help improve quality of care, patient satisfaction and clinical decision-making, all while advancing financial performance.”
The bundled solution, which includes pharmacy and executive dashboard functionalities, provides clear visibility into business operations and reduces expenses traditionally associated with multiple IT sources. Keane Optimum leverages the strength of Patcom, Keane’s complete patient management system, and the iMed product, the company’s Web-enabled suite of clinical applications, to offer Evangelical a comprehensive package that integrates financial, clinical, and EHR applications and drives down maintenance and support costs.
“Evangelical Community Hospital is excited to partner with Keane in this new venture,” said Dale Moyer, vice president of Information Systems and CIO of Evangelical Community Hospital. “As an award winning institution in the area of patient safety, Evangelical seeks to continuously provide high quality and compassionate comprehensive health services regardless of any IT or administrative projects that must be carried out as a regular course of business. We believe the conversion to Keane Optimum will help Evangelical both maintain its external reputation and ease ‘behind the scenes’ burdens, allowing us to concentrate on initiatives that help us take patient care to the next level.” [Read more…]