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Carrus Hospitals Selects Enterprise EHR from MEDHOST

July 10, 2014

Texas hospital chooses to have clinical and financial solutions hosted and managed by MEDHOST

FRANKLIN, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- MEDHOST, Inc., a provider of market-leading enterprise, departmental and healthcare engagement solutions, today announced that Carrus Hospitals has selected MEDHOST’s comprehensive, integrated clinical and financial solutions for its enterprise needs. Carrus leadership has also chosen to host these solutions through MEDHOST Direct, a secure, HIPAA-compliant IT environment.

Carrus Hospitals, in Sherman, Texas, about an hour north of Dallas, is comprised of a 16-bed long-term acute care (LTAC) specialty hospital and a 24-bed rehabilitation hospital. Carrus, which opened in 2010, chose MEDHOST because its clinical and financial solutions are fully integrated, and hospital leadership saw that the comprehensive and intuitive system would play a key role in helping streamline operations as the hospital transitions from paper to electronic records. Carrus was particularly attracted to the MEDHOST inpatient electronic health record (EHR). Its Physician Documentation application was developed with direct input from physicians and aligns with existing clinical workflows, which leads to high adoption by physicians.

“With a clinical background in nursing, I personally understood the importance of selecting an interactive, intuitive solution that fits within normal workflow without becoming a hindrance to care,” said Jon Rains, chief executive officer of Carrus Hospitals. “Having previously leveraged the MEDHOST solution, I knew the robust EHR fit our needs and would help us enhance the care we provide by reducing duplicate data entry and allowing all care teams to access patient data in real time.”

To reduce upfront capital costs, Carrus opted to have the MEDHOST EHR and Physician Documentation application remotely hosted and managed through MEDHOST Direct, a comprehensive, hosted IT environment. MEDHOST Direct will also streamline implementation with software updates and maintenance provided, especially beneficial for IT staff who can now shift their focus from day-to-day system management to patient service and clinician support.

“As we reviewed and evaluated solutions, we saw great value in MEDHOST Direct because we will be able to reduce the burden on our internal IT staff and maintain access to patient records in the event of a natural disaster or emergency,” said Rains. “We have a reputation of providing excellent care, as our hospital tracks higher than the regional and national averages in rehabilitation goals, and our long-term, acute care goals are also ranked higher than the average. Leveraging the MEDHOST EHR will play a strategic role in helping us maintain this level of care and as we continually strive to enhance how we care for patients.”

Carrus Hospitals provides care to critically ill patients who require continued medical and nursing care after discharge from a short-term acute care hospital. Further, Carrus’ rehabilitation hospital specializes in neurological disorder treatments and offers services for post-orthopedic surgery patients and those with trauma injuries. Carrus primarily serves the north Texas and south Oklahoma regions, but the hospital has cared for patients from Oklahoma City and Tulsa in Oklahoma; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Wichita Falls and the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

“Long-term acute care facilities and rehabilitation hospitals, like Carrus Hospitals, have unique clinical and financial challenges, such as multi-disciplinary teams needing access to patient data so they can work in parallel. Carrus Hospitals is a great example of a healthcare facility leveraging the latest available technology to help overcome these challenges,” said Craig Herrod, president of MEDHOST. “MEDHOST is proud to provide Carrus Hospitals a comprehensive solution that aligns with its business, clinical and regulatory demands and for the opportunity to be part of the organization’s strategy to continually provide high-quality care.”

About Carrus Hospitals

Carrus Hospitals is comprised of two physician-owned facilities in Sherman, Texas – a 16-bed long-term acute care specialty hospital and a 24-bed rehabilitation hospital. The facilities offer care for critically ill patients with complex healthcare needs, a full range of physical and occupational equipment, a special procedures area that provides CT scans, sleep studies and X-rays, and four beautifully decorated courtyards for patients to enjoy. Licensed by the State of Texas and the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, Carrus Hospitals is an approved provider for Medicare.

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About MEDHOST

MEDHOST, Inc. is a provider of market-leading enterprise, departmental and healthcare engagement solutions to approximately 1,000 healthcare facilities. Our healthcare management system includes intuitive, easy-to-use and SaaS-enabled solutions complemented by a robust suite of managed hosting, outsourcing and consulting services that are changing how clinicians and hospital leaders work and communicate, while generating notable operational, patient flow, care and revenue improvements. MEDHOST delivers value by enabling hospitals of all types and all sizes to better manage care and the business of healthcare while meeting evolving regulatory requirements.

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Christina Baldwin

Jetstream PR for MEDHOST, Inc.

972-788-9456, ext. 302

baldwin@jetstreampr.com

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