Kansas Care Orgs Collaborate on MEDITECH EHR Implementation

Officials said that the MEDITECH EHR implementation at Coffey Health System will take place over the next nine months.

Newman Regional Health (NRH) has partnered with Coffey Health System on a MEDITECH EHR implementation that is set to enhance interoperability, according to reporting from WIBW

NRH originally implemented MEDITECH Expanse in January 2018. The new collaboration will leverage NRH’s health IT investment to benefit Coffey Health System.

“The move to MEDITECH Expanse has provided many benefits to NRH and to the community we serve,” Cathy Pimple, chief administrative officer for NRH, said in a public statement.

“Expanse has enabled us to connect patient information through different care settings, providing our care teams with information needed to ensure safe, effective, and efficient care,” she added. “Both leadership teams are excited to put into operation this solution for CHS. CHS has always demonstrated quality healthcare and excellence. This infrastructure will support their mission into the future.”

NRH officials said the CHS EHR implementation will take place over the next nine months. The initial term of the agreement is five years with automatic single-year renewals thereafter.

The agreement provides financial savings and interoperability gains for both health systems. However, each organization will remain independent of operations.

“Rural healthcare depends on innovation and collaboration,” emphasized Joben Reith, CHS chief executive officer.  “This opportunity allows both Newman Regional Health and Coffey Health System to maximize our investments in EHR technology while both systems remain autonomous.”

“Through this cost-saving, we can focus more efforts on patient care services without compromising patient privacy or changing any aspect of patient care,” Reith continued.

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