Aspire Hospital, a physician-owned hospital in Conroe, Texas, has selected integrated clinical and financial applications from Healthcare Management Systems (HMS) and the highly intuitive, integrated Physician Documentation application from Patient Logic.

As part of the agreement, the HMS enterprise EHR and Physician Documentation application will be hosted by HMS Direct, the wholly-owned HMS subsidiary that hosts and manages HMS applications.

"HMS Direct facilitates quicker implementation, reduces upfront capital costs and optimises utilisation."

The HMS product suite not only supports improved clinical operations, financial performance and patient care, but also helps meet meaningful use and healthcare reform requirements.

HMS Direct facilitates quicker implementation, reduces upfront capital costs and optimises utilisation of the hospital’s IT staff, since all backups and maintenance issues are handled by HMS staff.

Aspire Hospital CEO Brian Neal said while the main objective of the hospital was finding an enterprise solution, it sought a partner that would help it seamlessly transition to electronic health records and more automated clinical and billing processes without any major interruptions in its business.

"Many of our staff was already familiar with the deep value provided by HMS solutions, its leading industry technology and outstanding customer service," Neal added.

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"When we learned about HMS’s managed IT services and its record of helping customers attest for meaningful use, we knew we found the long-term partner we were seeking."

Aspire Hospital, which is located approximately 40 miles north of Houston, offers specialty services, including diagnostic imaging, comprehensive oncology and adult behavioural health.

The hospital is currently expanding to add an ambulatory sleep centre to its service lines, and also advancing its imaging and oncology services.

HMS president Steve Starkey said maintaining the information technology needed to provide excellent care and meet regulatory standards in the evolving healthcare environment is a burgeoning challenge for many hospital leaders.

"Through HMS Direct, we provide a proven alternative to on-premise hosting so hospitals can more effectively allocate and leverage available resources while keeping an eye on their bottom line," Starkey added.

Aspire Hospital is a physician-owned, 30-bed specialty hospital, accredited by The Joint Commission, which meets the community’s needs by utilising the latest technology with competent, compassionate care.