EDIMS Achieves ONC HIT 2014 Edition Modular EHR Certification from ICSA Labs

EDIMS meets Meaningful Use criteria and can help hospitals satisfy requirements for ARRA / HITECH Act Funding

Parsippany, N.J. – November 20, 2014 -EDIMS Version 2.6 has achieved ONC HIT 2014 Edition Modular EHR certification, which designates that the software is capable of supporting Eligible Hospitals with meeting the Stage 1 and Stage 2 Meaningful Use measures required to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). EDIMS Version 2.6 was certified on September 04, 2014 by ICSA Labs ,an Office of the National Coordinator-Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) and is compliant in accordance with applicable criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

“Emergency Medical Associates pioneered the emergency department-specific information system,” said Drew Caola, executive vice president & chief operating officer of Emergency Medical Associates. “This certification is another milestone in our storied, 20-year history of developing electronic health record systems for and by practicing emergency physicians.”

ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, offers vendor-neutral testing and certification. ONC HIT 2014 Edition Certification is granted to those technologies that are capable of meeting the more rigorous testing criteria developed to support providers and hospitals who wish to demonstrate Stage 2 meaningful use, which focuses on the capability of health IT to deliver higher quality patient care and exchange clinical information securely.

EDIMS Version 2.6 certification number is 140237R00. ONC HIT certification conferred by ICSA Labs does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

EDIMS Version 2.6 meets the following certification criteria:
170.314(a) Clinical

  • 170.314(a)(1) - Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE)
  • 170.314(a)(2) - Drug-Drug, Drug-Allergy Interaction Checks
  • 170.314(a)(3) - Demographics
  • 170.314(a)(4) - Vital signs, body mass index, and growth charts
  • 170.314(a)(6) - Medication List
  • 170.314(a)(7) - Medication Allergy List
  • 170.314(a)(9) - Electronic Notes
  • 170.314(a)(10) - Drug-Formulary Checks
  • 170.314(a)(11) - Smoking Status
  • 170.314(a)(12) - Image Results
  • 170.314(a)(13) - Family Health History
  • 170.314(a)(14) - Patient List Creation
  • 170.314(a)(17) - Advance Directives
170.314(b) Care Coordination
  • 170.314(b)(1) - Transitions of Care - receive, display, and incorporate transition of care/referral summaries
  • 170.314(b)(2) - Transitions of Care - create and transmit transition of care/referral summaries
  • 170.314(b)(3) - Electronic Prescribing
170.314(c) Clinical Quality Measures
  • 170.314(c)(1) - Clinical quality measures - capture and export
  • 170.314(c)(2) - Clinical quality measures - import and calculate
  • 170.314(c)(3) - Clinical quality measures - electronic submission
170.314(d) Privacy and Security
  • 170.314(d)(1) - Authentication, access control, and authorization
  • 170.314(d)(3) - Audit Report(s)
  • 170.314(d)(5) - Automatic log-off
  • 170.314(d)(6) - Emergency access
  • 170.314(d)(7) - End-User Device Encryption
  • 170.314(d)(8) – Integrity
170.314(f) Public Health
  • 170.314(f)(1) - Immunization Information
  • 170.314(f)(3) - Transmission to Public Health Agencies - Syndromic Surveillance
170.314(g) Utilization
  • 170.314(g)(1) - Automated Numerator Recording
  • 170.314(g)(3) - Safety-enhanced design
  • 170.314(g)(3) - 170.314(g)(4) - Quality Management System

The clinical quality measures to which EDIMS Version 2.6 has been certified include: CMS 32, 55 and 111.

The additional software relied upon to comply with one or more of the certification criteria include: Callibra Discharge 123, Izenda Reports, First Databank National Drug File (NDDF), DrFirst Rcopia, and MaxMD.

The additional types of costs that an Eligible Hospital would pay to implement or use this EHR MODULES’s capabilities for any purpose within the scope of its certification: Implementation fees, Yearly maintenance and 3rd party costs associated with the following: Callibra Discharge 123, Izenda Reports, First Databank National DrugData File (NDDF), MaxMD and DrFirst Rcopia.

Limitations (including contractual, technical, or other limitations) that are likely to limit a user’s ability to implement or use this EHR MODULE for any purpose within the scope of its certification would include: Use of EDIMS Full Suite Version 2.6 or later, client licensing for Windows 7 or later, SQL Server 2008 r2 or later, and Windows Server 2008 r2 or later.



About Emergency Medical Associates
Emergency Medical Associates (EMA) is a physician-led, physician-owned medical practice that specializes in emergency, hospitalist and urgent care medicine. Dedicated to providing exceptional solutions for the measurable success of our hospital partners, EMA is recognized for clinical excellence, quality service and sustained improved patient satisfaction. For more information visit http://www.ema.net , http://www.facebook.com/EMANews or www.twitter.com/EMANews.

About ONC Certification
The ONC Certified Health Information Technology (HIT) program tests and certifies that HIT is capable of meeting the 2014 Edition criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). The certifications include Complete EHRs, which meet all of the 2014 Edition criteria for either eligible provider or hospital technology and EHR Modules, which meet one or more — but not all — of the criteria.

About ICSA Labs
ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, offers third-party testing and certification of security and health IT products, as well as network-connected devices, to measure product compliance, reliability and performance for many of the world’s top security vendors. ICSA Labs is an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited and 9001:2008 registered organization. ICSA Labs is NVLAP accredited as a Health IT Test Lab and is also an ONC-Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) accredited by ANSI to ISO/IEC Guide 65. Visit http://www.icsalabs.com and http://www.icsalabs.com/blogs for more information.

Extending the Emergency Department to the Arena

Interview with John Fontanetta, M.D., FACEP, Chairman, Emergency Medicine, Clara Maass Medical Center

EDIMS Announces Interface with Proven Healthcare Solutions New Admission Screening Service

“A 24/7 real time admission review process that solves ED case manager coverage issues, fortifies hospital RAC compliance and helps the bottom line”

Livingston, N.J., Sept. 24, 2010 - EDIMS, a provider of electronic medical record (EMR) solutions specifically for emergency departments, announced their new interface capability with Proven Healthcare Solutions, a state-of-the-art provider of real time medical necessity admission review services for emergency department patients.

EDIMS clients will now be able to seamlessly access Proven Healthcare Solutions’ real time admission review service through their EDIMS main grid. “As one of the country’s first and most comprehensive emergency department-specific EMR’s, EDIMS, which is used in hospitals nationwide, was a natural choice for our first EDIS interface. Their long-term history of proven clinical, operational and financial success and high customer satisfaction in some of the country’s top-tier hospitals and health systems, coupled with their outstanding commitment to exceptional customer service, made our decision to select EDIMS an obvious one,” states Scott Serbin, Director of Marketing for Proven Healthcare Solutions.

Featuring the industries’ only 30 minute guarantee, Proven Healthcare Solutions’ innovative approach provides hospitals with a cost-effective solution to the challenge of 24X7 coverage for ED admission reviews. The need for reliable and consistent real-time review services has only increased with the growing complexity of payer requirements. Using the latest Milliman and InterQual evidence-based care guidelines, PHS’s experienced reviewers provide a recommendation as to whether the patient meets criteria for admission, observation or discharge. The response is then sent back electronically to the ED via EDIMS.

“At EDIMS, we are always striving to find solutions that will compliment clinicians’ workflow, improve patient care, and enhance hospitals’ financial outcomes. PHS’s solution addresses all of these by improving ED patient throughput, reducing denials for inappropriate admissions, and ensuring compliance through the appropriate assignment of patients,” said Shane Hade, CEO of EDIMS.


About EDIMS LLC
EDIMS LLC delivers high acuity best practices to hospitals through its interoperable ED information management systems. Its electronic health record (EHR) solutions, designed to support clinicians' workflow and provide clinical decision support, are being used at 39 hospitals and long-term care facilities nationwide. The EDIMS system's ability to provide comprehensive computer physician order entry (CPOE), real-time charge capture and the ability to fully document ED patient encounters helps EDs increase reimbursement and enhance patient care while reducing the amount of time and effort involved in billing. For more information, visit EDIMS.net.

About Proven Healthcare Solutions
Proven Healthcare Solutions is an innovative industry leader providing a state-of-the-art approach to real-time medical necessity admission review of emergency department patients. Their Electronic Admission Review Management (E-ARM™) software, coupled with seasoned RN Admission Review Screeners provides facilities with the flexibility of just-in-time medical necessity reviews at the point-of-service. Proven Healthcare Solutions is designed to accommodate a hospital’s admission review needs whether it be providing night, weekend or holiday coverage, to screening 100% of a facility's emergency department patients. For more information, visit http://provenhcs.com.

EDIMS Appoints Christian Mueller as Director of Data Operations and Management

Technology executive offers emergency department EHR provider 20 years of experience in software development, database management and systems integration

Livingston, N.J., September 14, 2010 – EDIMS LLC, a leading provider of interoperable emergency department (ED) information management systems for hospitals, today announced that it appointed Christian Mueller as director of data operations and management. Mueller, who has 20 years experience developing software, managing databases and integrating information systems in healthcare and other industries, will oversee data operations, direct interface teams, standardize data processes and ED system implementations, and offer implementation support and guidance to clients.

"We are fortunate to have an industry professional with Christian's experience and skill-set join our team," said Shane Hade, CEO of EDIMS. "His strong technology expertise and deep familiarity with EDIMS will be invaluable as we help hospitals and health systems navigate federal healthcare reform, meaningful use of electronic records under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and leverage our ED solutions to deliver higher quality, safer and more cost effective emergency care."

Prior to working for EDIMS, Mueller ran his own technology consulting firm where he became familiar with EDIMS’ technology by spearheading the redesign of a core piece of its technology, developing many key components to its software and reengineering new, successful storage architecture processes. He also spent eight years as the director of technology at Financial Industry Technical Services Inc., where he was responsible for, among other things, application architecture, database administration, network and data infrastructure, information security, strategic planning and telecommunications. And, he has ten years of experience prior to that as an application development manager and programmer.

"I am very excited to join such a dynamic and fast growing company that offers hospitals an EHR solution that is proven to make EDs more productive and profitable," said Mueller. "We have a great team here and I look forward to contributing to EDIMS' continued growth, success and technology leadership."

A photo of Christian Mueller is available to download here: http://bit.ly/CMueller

About EDIMS LLC
EDIMS LLC delivers high acuity best practices to hospitals through its interoperable ED information management systems. Its electronic health record (EHR) solutions, designed to support clinicians’ workflow and provide clinical decision support, are being used at 39 hospitals and long-term care facilities nationwide. The EDIMS system's ability to provide comprehensive computer physician order entry (CPOE), real-time charge capture and the ability to fully document ED patient encounters helps EDs increase reimbursement and enhance patient care while reducing the amount of time and effort involved in billing. For more information, visit http://www.EDIMS.net.

EDIMS Licenses Comprehensive Drug Information from First DataBank

Hospitals can opt to integrate medication database with EDIMS' emergency department EHR

South San Francisco, CA and Livingston, N.J. - August 31, 2010 - First DataBank, a leading provider of drug databases that help drive patient safety and EDIMS, a leading provider of interoperable emergency department (ED) information management systems, today announced they have licensed First DataBank's National Drug Data File (NDDF) Plus™ database to offer hospitals greater choice in trusted third-party drug database information to use and integrate with EDIMS ED electronic health record (EHR).

"Hospitals have asked us to add First DataBank's database as an addition to our EHR and we are excited to fulfill their request as part of our ongoing commitment to deliver the industry's most highly regarded sources of drug information," said Shane Hade, CEO of EDIMS. "The addition of First DataBank to our roster of clinical partners will give facilities the benefit of using the most comprehensive medication database that best helps them reduce potential medication errors, increase patient safety and produce better outcomes for ED patients."

First DataBank's NDDF Plus is one of the healthcare industry's most widely used sources of up-to-date drug information. It assists clinicians in performing drug interaction and allergy screenings and supports safe prescribing throughout the medication use process. NDDF Plus combines drug screening information at the point of care with an extensive array of clinical decision-support modules. It also encompasses medications approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration, as well as information on commonly-used over-the-counter and alternative therapy agents, such as herbals, nutraceuticals and dietary supplements.

"We are pleased to be working with EDIMS to provide comprehensive and useful drug information for elective use in the hospital ED," said Donald M. Nielsen, M.D., president, First DataBank. "Together, we will help ED physicians and nurses make more informed and safer diagnostic and treatment decisions at the point of care."

About EDIMS LLC
EDIMS delivers high acuity best practices to hospitals through its interoperable ED information management systems. Its electronic health record (EHR) solutions, designed to support clinicians' workflow and provide clinical decision support, been in use at hospitals nationwide for over 20 years. The EDIMS system's ability to provide comprehensive computer physician order entry (CPOE), real-time charge capture and the ability to fully document ED patient encounters helps EDs increase reimbursement and enhance patient care while reducing the amount of time and effort involved in charting and billing. For more information, visit http://www.EDIMS.net.

About First DataBank
First DataBank, a subsidiary of Hearst Corporation, drives patient safety and healthcare quality by providing drug databases that are used within information systems that touch every aspect of healthcare. For more than 30 years, we have partnered with system developers to integrate and optimize our drug information to improve user workflow and enhance clinical decision making by those entrusted with treating patients at the point-of-need. For more information about First DataBank, call 800-633-3453 or visit www.firstdatabank.com

EDIMS is proud to announce that Jamie Kohl, Vice President of Strategy and Marketing, will be speaking at the mHealth Initiative Conference.

Come join us in San Diego September 8th through the 9th and be sure not to miss Jamie's lecture, "Putting your ED in the Palm of your Hand."

EDIMS and Clara Maass Medical Center Selected to Provide Medical Care Services at Red Bull Arena

Care at the New Jersey hospital’s stadium extension center made easy with EDIMS emergency department EHR connectivity

Livingston, N.J., June 8, 2010 – Clara Maass Medical Center, (CMMC) a 445-bed Belleville, N.J.-based hospital and affiliate of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, today announced that it has entered an agreement with the new soccer stadium in Harrison, N.J., Red Bull Arena, to provide emergency medical services at each arena event, including the New York Red Bulls’ soccer games. To enhance patient care at the stadium, CMMC is using EDIMS, its emergency department (ED) electronic health record (EHR) system, on-site, ensuring the seamless and secure exchange of patient information from the arena’s medical center to the hospital, and expediting the admissions process and care if/when patients are transferred to the hospital.

CMMC’s on-site, fully stocked first-aid room at the arena is manned by a physician and a physician’s assistant, as well as an ambulance and two emergency medical technicians (EMTs) for each event. Medical staff for the events can fully and securely access the EDIMS system through an on-site computer and a VPN connection, giving them the information and tools needed to make informed decisions in less time.

“Already, we are seeing the benefits of having a full electronic health record system at the stadium – better quality and expedited care,” stated John Fontanetta, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., chair of emergency medicine for Clara Maass Medical Center. During the first stadium event, an elderly man, while enjoying the game with his sons and grandson, experienced shortness of breath and began to pass out. Security and the EMTs brought him to the first aid room. Dr. Fontanetta, the physician on staff, quickly diagnosed him with congestive heart failure and administered a complete set of medications to stabilize and treat that man’s condition. The Clara Maass medical team was then able to transfer the patient to the Medical Center’s emergency room, where his care was expedited because the complete medical event record from the stadium, including drug therapies administered, was already in the system. The man was admitted to the hospital and released after four days.

“Clara Maass Medical Center and EDIMS provide professional and state-of-the-art medical services for Red Bull Arena,” said Red Bull New York Managing Director Erik Stover. “Our relationship continues our commitment to ensuring a top-quality experience for our guests on event day.”

“We are pleased that our solutions are now assisting the Clara Maass medical team to provide care at Red Bull Arena. It’s a testament that our system helps clinicians make faster and more informed decisions at the point of care, and enables hospitals – and its medical extension centers – to drive ED quality, safety and efficiency to higher levels,” said Shane Hade, EDIMS’ CEO. “We look forward to helping provide superior care and support for the games and events at the state-of-the-art Red Bull Arena.”

About EDIMS LLC
For over 20 years, EDIMS LLC has been delivering enhanced ED operations through its interoperable ED information management systems. Its electronic health record (EHR) solutions, designed to support clinicians’ workflow and provide clinical decision support, are being used at 40 hospitals and long-term care facilities nationwide. EDIMS ability to provide comprehensive order entry, real-time charge capture, and to fully document ED patient encounters helps EDs improve reimbursement and enhance patient care while reducing the amount of time and effort involved in documentation and billing. For more information, visit http://www.EDIMS.net.

About Clara Maass Medical Center
Located in Belleville, NJ, Clara Maass Medical Center, an affiliate of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, provides a complete continuum of care to residents of northern New Jersey.  Clara Maass centers and services include The Health and Wellness Center, Nuclear Medicine, The Cancer Center at Clara Maass, Diagnostic Cardiac Services including Cardiac Catheterization, Emergency Angioplasty and Rehabilitation, The Pain Management Center, The Joint & Spine Institute, a Vascular Center, Same Day Surgery, The Wound Center at Clara Maass, The Center for Sleep Disorders, The Bariatric Surgery Center, Rehabilitation Services, The Eye Surgery Center, Maternity Services and Parent Education, as well as Pediatrics.  For a physician referral or more information about Clara Maass, call 1-888-SBHS-123 or visit www.saintbarnabas.com.

EDIMS Partners with Medit Corporation to Speed Access to Quality Emergency Care

Combination of EDIMS’ emergency department EHR and Medit’s MiRapidAccess kiosk and and online PHR to decrease ED wait times and improve care delivery

Livingston, N.J., May 13, 2010 – EDIMS LLC, a leading provider of advanced emergency department (ED) information management systems, today announced it has formed a strategic relationship with Medit Corporation that will help EDIMS’ hospital clients speed triage and treatment of their ED patients. The combination of the EDIMS’ electronic medical record (EMR) system with Medit’s MiRapidAccess self-service registration kiosk, patient ID cards and MIICE online personal health records (PHRs) will enable EDIMS’ hospital clients to streamline the registration process, provide clinicians with current and accurate patient information, and treat patients as quickly as possible.

“One of the greatest challenges in an emergency department — for patients and staff alike — is the amount of time it can take to register and triage people to ensure that the highest-risk patients are seen first,” said EDIMS’ CEO, Shane Hade. “MiRapidAccess streamlines the front-end registration process, improving patient throughput and satisfaction while contributing to more positive outcomes and continuity of care.”

Unlike other patient ID cards that carry only static – and sometimes outdated – data, Medit’s hospital-branded card provides online access to the patient’s latest PHR information, which includes demographics, conditions, medications, allergies, emergency contacts, advanced directives, physician information and more.

“Whatever the patient has chosen to include as part of his or her personal health record is immediately accessible when the card is used,” said Carl Jarvis, Medit president and CEO. “No other kiosk has this real-time, online access, which we believe is critical to providing caregivers with the information they need to best care for their patients in the fast-paced environment of the emergency department.”

When registering using the kiosk at the ED, patients simply swipe their patient ID card, verify their key information and answer a few simple questions regarding their current complaint. Their information is immediately sent to EDIMS EHR to help nurses prioritize and begin patient care.

Patients can also opt to wear a medical wristband containing a personal emergency access number that gives first responders immediate access to the patient’s MIICE PHR online or through any phone. This provides patients the ability to share emergency information with EMTs and other first responders prior to arriving at the hospital. This is especially important for critically ill or injured patients who are transported to the hospital by ambulance and who cannot self register as it provides ED clinicians with access to a patient’s medical history.

In addition to speeding registration and care delivery, the combination of MiRapidAccess, MIICE, and the EDIMS system effectively deals with two other patient-satisfaction concerns — privacy and having to repeat basic information multiple times.

“Patients and family members don’t want their personal information overheard in a busy registration area,” Hade said. “And with HIPAA federal regulations governing patient confidentiality, hospitals are more concerned than ever in respecting that privacy. Also, patients having to repeat — and staff having to retype — information multiple times during the course of treatment not only makes it more likely that the information will be overheard, it annoys patients — and can lead to a greater potential for avoidable errors. The integration of MiRapidAccess information with the EDIMS EHR positively impacts all of these issues, contributing to greater patient satisfaction as well as improved staff productivity.”

The patient ID cards will be made available by participating EDIMS’ hospitals at no charge to the patient. Hospitals may choose to make them available through their affiliated physicians, at the ED registration desk, or when the patient uses the MiRapidAccess kiosk for the first time.

“Offering the cards through their physicians certainly provides yet another way the hospital can more closely align with primary care physicians to deliver connected care across the community,” Hade noted. “It also gives patients another convenient way to access the service.”

Hade concluded, “We’re pleased to be partnering with Medit. The move enables our clients to further leverage their EDIMS investment to support high-quality, safe, efficient emergency care. The two solutions are a powerful combination.”

About EDIMS LLC
For over 20 years, EDIMS LLC has been delivering enhanced ED operations through its interoperable ED information management systems. Its electronic health record (EHR) solutions, designed to support clinicians’ workflow and provide clinical decision support, are being used at 40 hospitals and long-term care facilities nationwide. EDIMS ability to provide comprehensive order entry, real-time charge capture, and to fully document ED patient encounters helps EDs improve reimbursement and enhance patient care while reducing the amount of time and effort involved in documentation and billing. For more information, visit http://www.EDIMS.net.

About Medit Corporation
Medit Corporation is the developer of MiRapidAccess™, an emergency department-based rapid access kiosk that allows patients to self-register, while offering healthcare professionals fast, convenient access to a Web-based medical information database simply by using an emergency access number printed on a patient’s wristband or hospital-branded wallet card. Based on a subscription-based personal health record (PHR) program called MIICE “Medical Information In Case of Emergency”, which offers patients emergency access to personal and medical information, MiRapidAccess helps healthcare facilities streamline registration, improve nurse triage, reduce patient waiting times, and minimize medical and information errors. For more information, visit http://www.miice.com.

EDIMS Incorporates Callibra’s Discharge 1-2-3 into EHR to Automate Emergency Department Discharge Process

Computerized discharge instructions to enhance value of EDIMS’ ED EHR and help hospitals achieve higher quality and efficiency

Livingston, N.J., April 21, 2010 — EDIMS LLC, a leading provider of interoperable emergency department (ED) information management systems for hospitals, today announced a multiyear agreement to license Callibra Inc.’s Discharge 1-2-3 solution, which automates the ED discharge process, including providing patient specific instructions and prescriptions. EDIMS will incorporate Discharge 1-2-3 into its ED electronic health record (EHR) to enhance the value of its offerings by helping hospital clients further improve care delivery, patient communication and clinician efficiency.

“After evaluating three vendors, we selected Callibra’s Discharge 1-2-3 because it offers the most comprehensive, robust and flexible ED discharge solution in the market,” said Shane Hade, EDIMS’ CEO. “Its discharge instructions are written in lay language, which enhances patient-clinician communication and patient adherence to the care plan, resulting in higher quality and superior outcomes, including fewer readmissions. The easy-to-understand instructions improve ED efficiency by streamlining workflow and reducing the volume of patient calls to ED nurses and physicians, thus increasing clinician productivity, revenue and savings for hospitals.”

EDIMS also chose Callibra because Discharge 1-2-3 can be easily customized to individual physician preferences and is available in several foreign languages, including Spanish, Russian and Chinese. In fact, every title is translated into every language supported. “The agreement demonstrates our ongoing commitment to continually enhance and provide EDs with a solution that meets the needs of nurses, physicians, patients and hospitals,” continued Hade.

According to Christopher Galassi, MD, CEO and technical director at Callibra, “We are pleased that EDIMS has selected our application to enable its ED clients to positively affect the quality and safety of care, clinician efficiency and patient experience. We look forward to partnering with EDIMS to assist hospitals in addressing their business needs and empowering patients to take better care of themselves at home.”

About Callibra Inc.
Based in Schaumburg, Ill., Callibra, Inc. is a medical software company that offers Discharge 1-2-3, a discharge and prescription automation solution that offers the most rigorously prepared emergency medicine-specific content of its kind. It is widely used by emergency departments, hospitals, urgent care, and clinics across the country. For more information, visit www.discharge123.com.

About EDIMS LLC
For over 20 years, EDIMS LLC has been improving ED operations through its interoperable ED information management systems. Its electronic health record (EHR) solutions, designed to support clinicians’ workflow and provide clinical decision support, are being used at hospitals and long-term care facilities nationwide. EDIMS ability to provide comprehensive order entry, real-time charge capture, and to fully document ED patient encounters helps EDs improve reimbursement and enhance patient care while reducing the amount of time and effort involved in documentation and billing. For more information, visit http://www.EDIMS.net.

Dr. Bessette, ED Director at Liberty Health-Jersey City Medical Center, interviewed about their use of EDIMS

In the April 1, 2010 issue of Health Data Management, Dr. Bessette describes how EDIMS has increased the quality of care they can deliver at Liberty and has improved their profitability.

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Goes Live with Enhanced EDIMS Emergency Department EHR

New Jersey hospital upgrades ED health IT system to add revenue cycle management as well as improve CPOE and clinician documentation

Livingston, N.J., March 23, 2010 — EDIMS LLC, a leading provider of comprehensive emergency department (ED) information management systems, today announced that Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBI) successfully launched the newly enhanced EDIMS electronic health record (EHR). This significant EHR upgrade at the 673-bed facility includes a revenue cycle management (RCM) module to improve billing and charge capture; an advanced, intuitive computerized physician order entry (CPOE); and more robust, workflow-driven physician and nursing documentation.

"I couldn't imagine working in an ED that didn't use EDIMS for its electronic health record. Here at the Beth, EDIMS' recent upgrade to its full suite of services simplifies our documentation, facilitates communication, and reduces the chance for errors so we can deliver better, safer and more streamlined care to our patients," said Eric J. Wasserman, MD, FACEP, Vice Chair / Medical Director - Department of Emergency Medicine at NBIMC which sees 95,000 patients annually. "We're particularly excited about EDIMS' RCM module which we expect will boost our revenue by capturing more charges and improving our billing.

Nurses and patients at NBI began experiencing benefits of the upgraded system shortly after the first phase of implementation in December 2009. "Wait times have decreased significantly and nurses already are spending less time on paperwork and more time with patients because of the improved documentation," said Debbie Canfield, RN, Director of Patient Care at NBIMC's Emergency Department. "The EDIMS solution is intuitive, so training was a breeze."

"We are pleased that Newark Beth Israel Medical Center has selected our solutions to help physicians and nurses make more informed decisions at the point of care and advance revenue cycle management to boost the bottom-line," said Shane Hade, EDIMS' CEO. "We look forward to continuing working with the great staff at NBIMC to drive ED quality, safety and productivity to another level."

About Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, a 673-bed regional care, teaching hospital established in 1901, provides comprehensive health care services to its local communities and is a major referral and treatment center for patients throughout the northern New Jersey metropolitan area. With more than 800 physicians, 3,200 employees and 150 volunteers, the Medical Center has over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. It is one of two hospitals in New Jersey where heart transplants are performed and the only hospital in New Jersey certified to perform lung transplants. The Medical Center is part of Saint Barnabas Health Care System, a seven hospital health system in northern New Jersey. For more information, visit http://www.saintbarnabas.com/hospitals/newark_beth_israel/index.html.

About EDIMS LLC
For over 20 years, EDIMS LLC has been improving ED operations through its interoperable ED information management systems. Its electronic health record (EHR) solutions, designed to support clinicians' workflow and provide superior clinical decision support, are being used at hospitals and long-term care facilities nationwide. EDIMS ability to deliver comprehensive order entry, real-time charge capture, and to fully document ED patient encounters helps EDs improve reimbursement and enhance patient care while reducing the amount of time and effort involved in documentation and billing. For more information, visit http://www.EDIMS.net.

Clara Maass Medical Center Goes Live With EDIMS' Emergency Department EHR v2.6

New Jersey hospital first in the country to deploy new software release with iPhone integration feature, upgraded charge capture determination, Observation Unit support and more

Livingston, N.J., January, 2010 - EDIMS LLC, a leading provider of interoperable emergency department (ED) information management systems, today announced that the ED department at Clara Maass Medical Center smoothly upgraded to the newest version of EDIMS' electronic health records (EHR) system. The 465-bed Belleville, N.J.-based hospital, a member of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, Livingston, NJ, is the first facility in the nation to implement the recently released EDIMS v2.6 system. This version includes greatly enhanced medication reconciliation, streamlined assessments, and several new features.

"The new version has made my life easier by improving workflow efficiency and placing additional and more comprehensive patient information readily available at my finger tips," said Robert Giles, MD, an emergency physician at Clara Maass. "For example, the new feature that automatically checks for drug interactions has enabled me to provide better care. This feature saves me about an hour every day because I no longer have to search the Internet, access a drug checking application on my personal digital assistant, and then enter prescription information to be printed out for clinicians, patients or both. Now all the information I need is available within EDIMS."

ED Nurses at Clara Maass report a similar experience using v2.6. "The enhanced documentation and assessment features of the system makes it much easier and faster to triage and chart patients," said Gerard Bernales, RN. "The new system automatically retrieves and populates the patient's history into the record; I just confirm with the patient whether they are still on those medications and have the same allergies and history. This new version of EDIMS helps us to be even more efficient, which of course is especially important in a busy ED."

EDIMS v2.6, Bernales said, also allows Clara Maass to build and customize a list of commonly prescribed medications that patients take, making it easier to triage and easier for the provider to maintain and reconcile medications patients are taking at home and prescribed upon admission, transfer or discharge.

In addition to drug interaction and historical triage enhancements, new features of EDIMS v2.6 include:
  • An eDocuments scanning solution that enables clinicians to scan and add a PDF of important documents to a patient's chart, including home medication lists, EMS run sheets, and driver's licenses.
  • An Observation Unit feature that includes observation specific orders and documentation templates, as well as a separate physician observation note, to better document the care provided.
  • A redesign of assessments that is more comprehensive and system based, enabling clinicians to quickly document the relevant systems.
  • An upgrade to charge capture determination that fully automates and facilitates the management of injection and infusion charges.
  • A new iPhone integration feature that gives clinicians the ability to access EDIMS from their mobile devices.

According to said Shane Hade, EDIMS' CEO, "We are pleased that Clara Maass is using our solutions to help clinicians make faster and more informed decisions at the point of care. With version 2.6, we enhanced our EHR to better support the needs of emergency departments - our systems deliver quick value, enabling hospitals to drive ED quality, safety and efficiency to higher levels as soon as they deploy the system."

About Clara Maass Medical Center
Located in Belleville, N.J., Clara Maass Medical Center is a 465-bed facility serving primarily residents of Essex, Hudson, and Bergen Counties. Ranked first in the state for cardiac care by New Jersey Department of Health-Hospital Performance Report, Clara Maass Medical Center also received the 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence by Healthgrades; bestowed on the top 5% of hospitals nationally. Clara Maass Medical Center is recognized for numerous centers of excellence, including The Cancer Center; Diagnostic Cardiac Services; The Orthopedic Spine & Joint Institute; The Pain Management Center at Clara Maass; The Wound Center; and state-of-the-art Emergency Department. The medical center is staffed by more than 700 physicians and 2,000 employees delivering care to more than 190,000 patients each year. For more information, please visit www.saintbarnabas.com/hospitals/clara_maass/

About EDIMS LLC
For over 20 years, EDIMS LLC has been delivering enhanced ED operations through its interoperable ED information management systems. Its electronic health record (EHR) solutions, designed to support clinicians' workflow and provide clinical decision support, are being used at 40 hospitals and long-term care facilities nationwide. EDIMS ability to provide comprehensive order entry, real-time charge capture, and to fully document ED patient encounters helps EDs improve reimbursement and enhance patient care while reducing the amount of time and effort involved in documentation and billing. For more information, visit EDIMS.net.

EDIMS Appoints A.J. Sultan As Director Of Technology

Sultan brings 16 years of IT experience in legal services, technology, finance and healthcare industries

Livingston, N.J., December 3, 2009 - EDIMS LLC, a leading provider of interoperable emergency department (ED) information management systems for hospitals, today announced the appointment of A.J. Sultan as Director of Technology. In this capacity, Sultan is responsible for planning, designing and directing data and telecommunication infrastructure services at EDIMS, and providing guidance for client sites.

"After an extensive search, I am delighted to welcome A.J. to our team," said Shane Hade, CEO of EDIMS, "His broad technical expertise and understanding of infrastructure services will be a great asset in ensuring our internal systems operate smoothly and in supporting efforts to educate and help our hospital clients deploy and leverage EDIMS' solutions to their maximum potential."

"I am excited to join EDIMS and to be at the forefront of the movement to support hospitals and doctors in delivering better and safer patient care by leveraging emergency department information systems," said Sultan. "I look forward to assisting EDIMS' clients in accomplishing their healthcare IT mission, and optimizing their investment in EDIMS."

Before joining EDIMS, Sultan was director of network operations at Alexander Gallo Holdings LLC (AGH) after the Atlanta-based court reporting and litigation support services company acquired The Hobart West Group Inc., where he was director of information technology. After the acquisition, Sultan integrated IT personnel from multiple companies AGH had acquired into one technology unit and oversaw network, server, telecommunication and data center services.

Sultan was also the director of network services at System Arts Inc., New York, N.Y.; network service manager at Avanti of New York Inc., Smithtown, N.Y.; and network administrator at Doctors Offcenters Inc., Hauppauge, NY.

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About EDIMS LLC
Guided by a team of over 350 practicing emergency department (ED) professionals, EDIMS LLC delivers high-acuity best practices to hospitals through its interoperable ED information management systems. Its electronic health record (EHR) solutions are being used at 39 hospitals and long-term care facilities in New Jersey, New York, Illinois, Wisconsin and California, providing comprehensive computer physician order entry (CPOE), real-time charge capture and the ability to fully document ED patient encounters. EDIMS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alpha Physician Resources, an independent, full-service physician practice management firm that helps medical groups and hospitals maximize the service quality, productivity and profitability of EDs. For more information, visit EDIMS.net.

EDIMS Emergency Department EMR Plays Vital Role In Helping New Jersey Hospitals Achieve Top State-Wide Ranking

EDIMS' hospital clients rank superior in cardiac patient-care measures in the New Jersey 2009 Hospital Performance Report

Livingston, N.J., December 1, 2009 - EDIMS LLC, a leading provider of interoperable emergency department (ED) information management systems for hospitals, announced today that its full-suite electronic medical record (EMR) New Jersey hospital clients received top rankings in the sixth annual report on hospital quality, the New Jersey 2009 Hospital Performance Report published by the Department of Health and Senior Services. Additionally, the three hospitals, Clara Maass Medical Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Saint Barnabas Medical Center, were ranked in the top 10 percent of all NJ hospitals for heart attack treatment and heart failure treatment.

The report ranks all 72 New Jersey general acute care hospitals in four areas: heart attack treatment, heart failure treatment, pneumonia treatment and surgical care improvement. Clara Maass Medical Center was one of only 2 hospitals to achieve a 100% score for pneumonia treatment, while both Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Saint Barnabas Medical Center were in the 10 percent for surgical care.

John Fontanetta, M.D., FACAP, chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville, N.J., attributes a large part of his emergency department's cardiac success to the EDIMS EMR. One example of cardiac care improvement since the adoption of EDIMS is with a key treatment for heart attack patients, percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs), that must be performed within 90-minutes of presentation.

According to Dr. Fontanetta, "When we began doing emergency PCIs four years ago, it took, on-average, 140 minutes. Once we adopted the full EDIMS EMR suite, our average time significantly improved. Today a balloon-and a stent, if appropriate-is inserted into the patient's artery in an average of 55 minutes and sometimes as little as 40 minutes. There are so many steps involved in this process that meeting the 90-minute standard is essentially impossible without an EMR."

Clara Maass is one of only four N.J. hospitals to achieve 100 percent for PCI compliance. Clara Maass was number one in the state for cardiac care. "We are thrilled that our New Jersey clients were recognized as top hospitals in the state," said Shane Hade, CEO of EDIMS. "Considering that a large percentage of all cardiac care takes place in the emergency department, the report's results are a true reflection of how EDIMS plays an essential role in achieving high quality, efficient patient care."

EDIMS' intuitive nursing and physician documentation systems are designed to follow clinicians' workflow while providing advanced clinical decision support to improve care. These platforms, coupled with automated order entry, dramatically improve the accurate capture of the care provided, which in turn improves compliance, reduces denials, and reduces the time and effort involved in billing.

About EDIMS LLC
Guided by a team of over 350 practicing emergency department (ED) professionals, EDIMS LLC supports the delivery of high-acuity evidence-based practices to hospitals through its interoperable ED information management systems. Its electronic health record (EHR) solutions are being used at 39 hospitals and long-term care facilities nationwide, providing comprehensive computer physician order entry (CPOE), real-time charge capture and the ability to fully document ED patient encounters. EDIMS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Emergency Medical Associates (EMA). For more information, visit EDIMS.net.

Emergency Departments Use EDIMS' Analytics Tool To Send Daily H1N1 Reports To State Health Departments

22 EDs in New York and New Jersey now equipped with heightened ability to report on Swine Flu

Livingston, N.J., November 17, 2009 - EDIMS LLC, a leading provider of interoperable emergency department (ED) information management systems for hospitals, announced today that 22 of its client EDs in New York and New Jersey are reporting daily on the progress of the H1N1 flu pandemic to their state health departments. Sixteen hospitals in central and northern New Jersey, as well as five hospitals in southern New York State and one facility in New York City, are generating the daily reports from EDIMS' WEB Emergency Analysis & Reporting System (WEBeMARS).

The WEBeMARS reports show the total number of patients presenting with flu-like symptoms in each county served by the hospitals using EDIMS. In addition, the program breaks down these patients into those with respiratory systems and those with gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms. The report also shows how many patients have cold symptoms and how many have fever/flu symptoms.

The EDs that use EDIMS have long reported data to state health departments on a host of disease syndromes, including H1N1 influenza. They use the WEBeMARS analytic program and data warehouse to track disease syndromes. This approach allows them to pick up not only disease outbreaks but also bioterrorism attacks, should any occur.

Until recently, the ED reports were made on a monthly basis. EDIMS' decision to shift to daily reporting for swine flu was motivated by the classification of the disease as a pandemic and their observance of significant increases in patients presenting with flu-like symptoms. ED departments that use EDIMS employ the WEBeMARS reports to anticipate the patient volume increases caused by pandemic spikes.

"We are doing everything we can to support our hospital partners in combating this dangerous disease and to ensure that everyone who contracts it receives optimal care in the EDs that use our EHR," commented Shane Hade, CEO of EDIMS. "Our daily reports to state health departments help the authorities predict the spread of H1N1 and take appropriate steps for management of this pandemic."

EDIMS, which was developed by ED clinicians, also provides guidelines and the latest recommendations for H1N1 screening and treatment to all of its customers through its clinical decision support tools. Owned by Alpha Physician Resources, an ED practice management company, EDIMS is keeping all of APR's employed physicians apprised of the pandemic's course and of the strategies required to contain it. EDIMS-equipped EDs see over one million patients per year.

About EDIMS LLC
Guided by a team of over 350 practicing emergency department (ED) professionals, EDIMS LLC delivers high-acuity best practices to hospitals through its interoperable ED information management systems. Its electronic health record (EHR) solutions are being used at 39 hospitals and long-term care facilities in New Jersey, New York, Illinois, Wisconsin and California, providing comprehensive computer physician order entry (CPOE), real-time charge capture and the ability to fully document ED patient encounters. EDIMS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alpha Physician Resources, an independent, full-service physician practice management firm that helps medical groups and hospitals maximize the service quality, productivity and profitability of EDs. For more information, visit EDIMS.net.

EDIMS Chief Medical Officer, John Fontanetta, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., Named Top Doc For 3rd Consecutive Year

22 EDs in New York and New Jersey now equipped with heightened ability to report on Swine Flu

Livingston, N.J., Oct. 30, 2009 - John Fontanetta, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., has been named a 2009 Top Emergency Doc by New Jersey Monthly Magazine, in its Top Doc survey reported in the magazine's November issue. This is the third year that Dr. Fontanetta has been named a Top Doc. With nearly 20 years of clinical and management experience in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Fontanetta currently serves as the Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, New Jersey, which sees 73,000 visits/year.

As Chief Medical Officer for EDIMS, a leading provider of emergency department (ED) information management systems for hospitals, Dr. Fontanetta contributes his expertise in efficient ED operations/process design, physician productivity, and the use of ED information systems and information management applications to transform the work performed in unscheduled healthcare environments. Dr. Fontanetta is a Diplomat of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine (Subspecialty of Pulmonary Medicine).

According to New Jersey Monthly, who commissioned an independent survey conducted by the Polling Institute at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J., a total of 20,254 New Jersey-based doctors were invited to give their recommendations for this year's list. A total of 3,224 responses were validated and the highest vote getters, minus any doctors who received disciplinary action, were then named as New Jersey's TOP Docs for 2009. The final list of 609 Top Doctors represents 60 medical specialties.

Dr. Fontanetta received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in New York, New York and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and fellowship in Pulmonary / Critical Care Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, Bronx, New York.

About EDIMS LLC
Guided by a team of over 350 practicing emergency department (ED) professionals, EDIMS LLC delivers high-acuity best practices to hospitals through its interoperable ED information management systems. Its electronic health record (EHR) solutions are being used at 39 hospitals and long-term care facilities in New Jersey, New York, Illinois, Wisconsin and California, providing comprehensive computer physician order entry (CPOE), real-time charge capture and the ability to fully document ED patient encounters. EDIMS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alpha Physician Resources, an independent, full-service physician practice management firm that helps medical groups and hospitals maximize the service quality, productivity and profitability of EDs. For more information, visit EDIMS.net.

EDIMS Boosts Emergency Department Access To Critical Patient Information And Documentation With EHR Upgrade

General availability of new software release helps nurses and physicians provide better care to ED patients through improved health information management tools

ACEP 2009 Scientific Assembly
Livingston, N.J., Oct. 6, 2009 - EDIMS LLC, a leading provider of interoperable emergency department (ED) information management systems, announced today that it has enhanced its EDIMS patient documentation, patient tracking and charge capture systems to provide clinicians with immediate access to information on potentially life-threatening drug interactions, as well as crucial information pertaining to a patient's medical background. Additionally, the new release, EDIMS version 2.6, provides greater functionality by allowing emergency teams to include more comprehensive documentation in the patient's electronic health record (EHR).

Enhancements to the EDIMS platform include:
  • An intelligent drug interaction feature with dynamic alerts that allows clinicians to automatically check for interactions on current medications, new orders and discharge medications, as well as provide warnings where appropriate. The software also permits EDs to set the interaction warning levels as desired.
  • An eDocuments scanning solution that lets clinicians scan home medication lists, as well as patient documents, such as a driver's license or other identification, and automatically create a PDF of the scanned documents that can be added to the patient's chart.
  • A merge upgrade feature that improves the process for merging charts, making it easier for the staff to select the appropriate charts to combine.
  • A new historical triage data tool that allows data from previous visits to automatically populate in the patient's record, eliminating the duplicity of re-typing medications, as well as medical and surgical history notes that affect the care patients receive in the emergency department.
  • An upgrade to charge capture determination that facilitates the management of injection and infusion charges more readily.
  • A new iPhone integration feature that gives clinicians the ability to access a patient's EHR from their mobile devices and make select updates to it.

"Clearly, a primary benefit of our new EDIMS release is that it gives clinicians as much information as possible during emergency treatment. This not only ensures the highest level of care, it improves ED workflow, decreases patient risk and increases the accuracy of patient documentation," said Shane Hade, chief executive officer of EDIMS. "EDIMS continues to be the most flexible and comprehensive solution for the ever-changing environment inherent in emergency departments, while allowing staff to more fully document the patient encounter."

EDIMS will be showcasing its new software release at the 2009 American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Scientific Assembly in Boston, Mass. Oct. 5-8, 2009. For a demonstration of the technology, stop by booth #534 during exhibiting hours.
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About EDIMS LLC
For over 20 years EDIMS LLC has pioneered emergency department information systems. From triage through disposition, EDIMS workflow documentation creates an accurate and complete electronic medical record, enabling dramatic improvements in operations, regulatory compliance, charge capture, and risk management. Supported by 350 practicing emergency medicine professionals, EDIMS clinical decision support includes 750 medical best-practice templates and 250 order sets, to further support clinician productivity and support improved patient outcomes. In use at 39 hospitals and long-term care facilities nationwide, with over 12 million documented patient records, EDIMS cares for emergency departments. For more information, visit EDIMS.net.

LibertyHealth System Launches EDIMS Electronic Health Record In Emergency Departments

New Jersey health system adds nursing documentation and charge capture modules to its EDIMS computerized physician order entry system

Livingston, N.J., Sept. 22, 2009 - EDIMS LLC, a leading provider of interoperable emergency department (ED) information management systems for hospitals, announced today that LibertyHealth, a two-hospital health system in northern New Jersey, has launched EDIMS' nursing documentation and charge capture systems to help improve care quality and streamline operations. With the addition of these components, LibertyHealth, which implemented EDIMS' computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and physician documentation module last March, now has a complete electronic health record (EHR) in its emergency departments.

The EDs at LibertyHealth's Jersey City Medical Center and Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in Secaucus receive a combined total of more than 100,000 patient visits per year. With so much pressure on these EDs, LibertyHealth needed an information system that would speed up nursing documentation and ensure compliance with regulations. EDIMS meets both of these needs in numerous areas. For example, the electronic main grid features numerous alerts, so nurses can see the status of their patients and potential bottlenecks in a glance. And, EDIMS provides a single-view order screen that includes everything a nurse needs to process orders without switching to other screens.

"Our ED nurses played an essential role in choosing the nursing documentation module to add to LibertyHealth's other successful EDIMS platforms," Joe Scott, president and CEO of LibertyHealth, noted. "They picked EDIMS because it is the most nurse-friendly system on the market and the most straightforward system for capturing charges. In fact, when we saw how the EDIMS system automatically populated the billing system through the nurse documentation, we were sold."

"In light of the national movement toward automating healthcare records, our goal was to have a complete EHR to facilitate a more productive ED," Scott added. "The EDIMS' system allows for seamless and intuitive electronic communication between the physicians and nurses which is a key component to providing optimal patient care. And, the initial success of EDIMS in our facilities has more than met our expectations."

"We are delighted that LibertyHealth chose EDIMS nursing documentation and charge capture systems," commented Shane Hade, chief executive officer of EDIMS. "Our customizable EHR, designed specifically for emergency departments, has been shown to improve operational efficiency and to support improvements in the quality of care. Because nurses handle so much of the work in EDs, the ability to document what they do quickly and efficiently is the key to making EDs safer for patients and more financially sustainable for hospitals."

About EDIMS LLC
EDIMS LLC delivers high acuity best practices to hospitals through its interoperable ED information management systems. Its electronic health record (EHR) solutions, designed to support clinicians' workflow and provide clinical decision support, are being used at 39 hospitals and long-term care facilities nationwide. The EDIMS system's ability to provide comprehensive computer physician order entry (CPOE), real-time charge capture and the ability to fully document ED patient encounters helps EDs increase reimbursement and enhance patient care while reducing the amount of time and effort involved in billing. For more information, visit EDIMS.net.

About LibertyHealth
LibertyHealth, the leading healthcare system in Hudson County, NJ, includes hospitals in Jersey City and Secaucus, as well as several outpatient facilities for rehabilitation and behavioral health care. Jersey City Medical Center, which has 330 beds, is a level 1 trauma center and operates the county's only open-heart surgery program as well as a regional perinatal center. Its emergency department receives 85,000 visits a year. Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in Secaucus, a 230-bed community hospital, treats 20,000 patients in its ED each year.