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Tampa Bay receives $3m grant to connect its healthcare community

Misys Healthcare Systems : 01 November, 2007  (New Product)
The Center for Community Health Leadership, an organization sponsored by Misys Healthcare Systems, announced Tampa Bay, Florida as the successful recipient of a $3 million grant of leading healthcare technology.
Tampa Bay beat more than 90 other communities to win the grant. The Center for Community Health Leadership selected the Tampa Bay area as a Center grant recipient because of the area’s reputation for healthcare excellence and their commitment to making the idea of community data sharing a reality. The Tampa Bay area, including several surrounding cities, is home to more than three million residents.

Tampa Bay is the second community to receive grants of electronic health record (EHR) software from the Center for Community Health Leadership, following New Haven, Connecticut. The software will enable caregivers in the Tampa Bay area to share information in a secure and appropriate way, leading to reduced costs, enhanced healthcare information adoption and more efficient and effective patient care.

“Physicians in the Tampa Bay area realise that becoming a connected medical community is the first step toward reducing healthcare costs for local patients and employers and creating a higher standard of care,” said David Schlaifer, CEO and president of Doctors' Administrative Solutions, LLC (DAS), who spearheaded the bid for the grant.

“Across the country, health organizations have taken steps towards improving the quality of patient care. Now, with Misys’ recent announcement regarding open source and Misys Connect, combined with this grant, a connected healthcare community will become the standard of care that patients have a right to demand, and providers have the ability to deliver. DAS is pleased to have the opportunity to help lead the way.”

“The goal of the Center’s grant programme is to support physicians by helping to turn the theory of a connected healthcare community into practice,” said Leigh Burchell, director of the Center for Community Health Leadership. “With this grant, we will provide the solutions and education needed to successfully replace the paper-based, resource-intensive processes in existence today. Connecting all venues of care in the Tampa Bay healthcare community will take costs out of the system and improve the patient’s experience an achievement we hope can be replicated across the country as people see a successful model in action.”

“The deployment of health information technology is vital to transforming healthcare in Florida, and ranks among our Agency’s highest priorities,” said Dr Andrew Agwunobi, secretary of Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration. “This type of partnership is a model for our state, and I applaud the Center for Community Health Leadership, the Tampa Bay RHIO, DAS, and the area physicians and healthcare providers who made it possible.”

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