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    Sutter Health Invests in New EHR Offering; Expands Options for Physicians in Independent Practice

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 4, 2011 - Sutter Health today announced plans to launch an electronic health record (EHR) offering – Sutter Community Connect – to qualified physicians in independent practice. The Epic-based software option expands Sutter Health’s sizeable investment in building a fully integrated EHR system that enables more seamless effective and efficient care coordination for our patients. Public polls show this type of connectivity matters to consumers, as most reported they want doctors to share information with other doctors as part of serving their total health care needs.

    Physicians practicing in the more than 100 Northern California communities that Sutter serves gain another EHR option as they look for affordable, easy-to-use software systems designed specifically for independent practices. Sutter Community Connect offers a full software suite that includes a robust EHR for clinical care management and software applications for registration, scheduling and billing. This Complete EHR is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified* by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria for eligible providers and hospitals adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

    “Technology plays a large role in integrating services across any number of clinicians and care settings. Our patients will benefit from more seamless hand offs that can boost outcomes and efficiencies, which ultimately means more quality, affordable care,” said Jeff Burnich, M.D., Senior Vice President and Executive Officer of the Sutter Medical Network. “To truly reinvent care, we see an imperative to connect as many physicians across our network as possible by extending an EHR option to community doctors in independent practice.”

    Regional hospital corporations within the Sutter Health not-for-profit network will make in-kind donations to qualifying independent physicians that cover up to 85 percent of software and related implementation costs. Sutter Physician Services, a health care management and administrative services arm of Sutter Health, will oversee the roll out of Sutter Community Connect beginning this summer.

    Sutter Health has already installed an Epic-based EHR system in each of its medical foundations, and continues its systemwide acute-care implementation in affiliated hospitals. Sutter’s EHR today connects more than 12,000 caregivers serving more than one million patients in Northern California. Nearly 450,000 patients use Sutter’s online services – My Health Online – to partner with their doctors in managing their health.

    About Sutter Health
    Serving patients and their families in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns, Sutter Health doctors, not-for-profit hospitals and other health care service providers share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. The Sutter Medical Network includes many of California’s top-performing, highest quality physician organizations as measured annually by the Integrated Healthcare Association. Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women’s and children’s services, cancer care, orthopedics and advanced patient safety technology.

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    Kami Lloyd

    Sutter Health Media Line
    (916) 286-6695

    *Vendor Name: Epic; Certified: 9/30/2010; Versions: Spring 2008, Summer 2009, and 2010
    Unique certification number; or CC-1112-574355-2 (Ambulatory - eligible providers) Clinical quality measures to which we have been tested and certified; EP: All in the Eligible Provider Domain. Software Used in Testing: EpicCare Ambulatory Core EMR includes EpicCare Ambulatory, Care Everywhere (including the Care Elsewhere module), MyChart, Reporting Workbench, Clarity, Bridges, and several interface bundles (the e-prescribing interfaces bundle, the incoming lab results interface, the vaccinations registry interface bundle, and the outgoing surveillance interface).