Montana network to deploy NextGen's ambulatory suite

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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.