Montana network to deploy NextGen's ambulatory suite
Benefis Health System has selected NextGen ambulatory EHR, practice management and health information exchange (HIE) software as its technology foundation.

The Great Falls, Mont.-based health system provides care across 40 specialties and serves patients throughout a 15-county area in North Central Montana. Benefis will offer the NextGen platform to more than 80 physicians at its hospital-owned practices. Implementation will begin this month and is expected to finish in January 2012, stated NextGen, of Horsham, Pa., a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems.

In addition, Benefis is actively planning its HIE initiative, which could include sharing critical patient data with the North Central Montana Healthcare Alliance, a 14-hospital critical access network that includes 10 critical access hospitals, NextGen stated.