More Mississippi health systems upgrade after Hurricane Katrina
South Mississippi Urgent Care (SMUC) has contracted PracticeIT, which specializes in EMR and handheld diagnostic devices, to implement a new EMR system to help clinics serve the healthcare needs of its patients, especially during hurricane seasons.

After Hurricane Katrina destroyed more than 100 healthcare centers and one million patient medical records in 2005, Ronnie Ali, head physician at SMUC, believes that it is his duty to establish electronic healthcare to meet the needs of the Gulf Coast community.

Currently, SMUC has two clinics and plans to open two more this year. One of those clinics will open in Biloxi, Miss., in October. SMUC currently services approximately 20 to 30 patients per day.

According to Austin, Texas-based PracticeIT, its EMR system will help SMUC keep more accurate records for billing and documentation, as well as prepare the clinics for catastrophic events.