UNITED HOSPITAL SYSTEM SIGNS IT CONSULTING AGREEMENT WITH APTIUM ONCOLOGY

United Hospital System, a comprehensive regional healthcare system that has served southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois communities for more than 100 years, has signed a consulting agreement with Aptium Oncology's Corporate IT Department.

The agreement calls for Aptium Oncology to deliver oncology-specific enhancements and configurations to the existing Electronic Medical Record (EMR) at the United Hospital System location in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

United Hospital System's clinical leadership expressed initial interest in Aptium’s EMR after listening to web and in-person presentations by Nicole Valdez, Aptium's IT Manager/EMR Services, and Mickie Cason-Boehm, Pharmacy Analyst IT/EMR Team at an Allscripts User Meeting. Working with Suzanne Bledsoe, Vice President IT/EMR Services, the duo met with one of the system's medical oncologists and his team to gather information and understand their specific needs.

Nicole states, "The medical oncologist and his team recognized the value of our niche expertise, and the benefits of an EMR especially designed for ambulatory cancer care. They also acknowledged our success with EMR implementation at Desert Comprehensive Cancer Center."

In transitioning a paper-based oncology practice to an electronic one, the team will build part of the software for the oncology practice, and design a highly customizable tool that maps to the clinicians' specific needs and tracks patients' treatment history all in one place.

Wes Scruggs, Aptium's Chief Information Officer, states, "Aptium's EMR team has developed significant expertise in how to configure EMR components to meet the unique needs of busy hospital-based oncologists. There is currently a critical demand for EMR in oncology settings, as it substantially reduces medical errors and enhances physician-to-patient communications. This results in better disease management, improved workflows and increased patient satisfaction." Wes notes that his team evolved this expertise after countless meetings with Desert's oncologists over several years.

Suzanne concludes, "As more institutions and oncology practices recognize the value of an oncology-specific EMR and integrate it into their systems, they are better positioned to transform care delivery and become successful in the era of accountable care organizations and health reform."

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