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Sound Shore Health System Selects Eclipsys to Build Integrated EHR
[February 22, 2010]

Sound Shore Health System Selects Eclipsys to Build Integrated EHR

Feb 23, 2010 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Eclipsys Corp. has announced that Sound Shore Health System (SSHS) will undergo an accelerated activation of Eclipsys' Sunrise Enterprise integrated suite of solutions at both its Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester (New Rochelle, NY) and Mount Vernon Hospital (Mount Vernon, NY) facilities.

In a release, the Company noted that the goal behind the information technology initiative is to create an integrated electronic health record (EHR) across SSHS's multiple care venues to improve the quality, safety and continuity of patient care. The automation of key healthcare processes also sets the stage for the community-based teaching hospitals to meet the expected "meaningful use" requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. By qualifying for stimulus funds, SSHS looks to reinvest in further facility upgrades and support enhanced physician connectivity throughout the community.

After conducting a thorough, competitive market search, Eclipsys noted that SSHS chose it based on its solid track record of supporting clients in achieving deep physician adoption of technology - a key requirement for meeting ARRA "meaningful use" - as well as its industry-leading, open technology platform, which is designed to help clients leverage rapid innovations in technology to keep pace with the dynamic challenges of the healthcare industry.

"In looking for a long-term technology and clinical solutions partner, Eclipsys offered the most advanced technology vision that provides for true interoperability between the Eclipsys solutions and disparate systems across environments. The company also has a solid track record of supporting deep technology adoption both with large academic clients and community hospitals," said John R. Spicer, president and chief executive officer, Sound Shore Health System. "Because of those two factors, we believe Eclipsys is the right choice to help us achieve our efficiency and clinical effectiveness goals, while providing SSHS a technology platform to meet our current and future needs, such as easier ability to leverage unanticipated innovations in healthcare technology." "We are very pleased that Sound Shore Health System continues the trend of community-based hospitals taking advantage of our integrated clinical applications and superior technology platform to support improved patient care quality and outcomes," said Jay Deady, Eclipsys' executive vice president of Client Solutions. "We believe healthcare providers realize the value of Eclipsys' open platform design, which allows for both internal and third-party integration. This technology architecture not only supports the interoperability goals of our clients and the industry, but also supports lowering the total cost of IT ownership over time." Eclipsys is a provider of advanced integrated clinical, revenue cycle and performance management software, clinical content and professional services.

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