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TAHLEQUAH, Okla., Feb. 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- After several years of planning and negotiation with the federal government, the Cherokee Nation officially begins construction on the tribe's new 469,000-square-foot health facility. Hundreds turned out for a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, including representatives from state, federal and tribal governments. When completed in 2019, it will be the largest health center of any tribe in the country. The new outpatient and primary care facility is being built next to the existing W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah. The four-story facility will feature 180 exam rooms; access to an MRI machine; 10 new cardiac, lung and kidney specialists, and, for the first time ever, an ambulatory surgery center. "This is a monumental day for the Cherokee Nation, and within just a couple of years, this state-of-the-art facility will be transformative in the lives of our citizens in northeast Oklahoma," said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. "The Cherokee Nation has broken barriers in health care throughout Indian Country for years, and with the addition of the new facility and new services that will come with this facility, we will be pioneers in health care recognized throughout the entire nation." The facility is the outcome of the largest IHS-joint venture agreement ever between a tribe and the federal government. The Cherokee Nation is paying for the $200 million construction of the health center, while Indian Health Service has agreed to pay an estimated $80 million or more per year for at least 20 years for staffing and operation costs. Chief Baker testified before a congressional subcommittee in Washington, D.C., in 2014, advocating for the reopening of the joint venture application process so tribes could invest in health care infrastructure without straining the finances of the federal government. In 2015, Cherokee Nation was among few tribes selected for joint venture projects. When W.W. Hastings Hospital was built in Tahlequah in 1986, it was built for 100,000 patient visits per year. In 2016, Hastings saw nearly 400,000 patient visits and had to refer many patients out of the system for specialty services. "We are in dire need of an additional building on campus, since our current Hastings facility sees four times as many annual visits as it was constructed to host," said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. "After more than 30 years of utilizing and maximizing that space, it's fulfilling to know that once complete it will be a major advancement in our ability to deliver the kinds of health care services our people want and deserve." The new facility will feature five surgical suites and two endoscopy suites inside its ambulatory surgical center. It will house a specialty clinic and feature 33 dental chairs, six eye exam rooms, three audiology testing booths and diagnostic imagining. It also expands space for several other services currently offered such as rehabilitation services, behavioral health, a wellness center and more.   "This top-rate facility will allow us to offer a level of health care and increased access to services in northeastern Oklahoma that weren't even thought possible before," said Cherokee Nation Health Services Executive Director Connie Davis. "On behalf of the Cherokee Nation Health Services staff, I thank Chief Baker, the Tribal Council and Cherokee Nation Businesses for giving us the opportunity to deliver first-class health care to our patients." In 2013, the tribe pledged for the first time to use $100 million from Cherokee Nation Businesses' casino profits to improve the Cherokee Nation's health care infrastructure. The funds expanded the Stilwell and Sallisaw health centers, built new health centers in Ochelata and Jay, and will be used for the new outpatient facility at Hastings. The original W.W. Hastings building will serve as the tribe's in-patient hospital. "The Cherokee Nation has never been more prosperous in its history, and with that prosperity we have invested in services that are a top priority for our people," said Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd. "That effort is evident in this new, state-of-the-art health facility. Our government and business officials have been diligent in managing and growing our resources, and our citizens today and future generations will reap the benefits of the work done by those officials." Childers Architects and HKS Architects are designing the LEED-certified facility, with Flintco serving as the construction manager while teaming with Cooper Construction. About 350 construction jobs and more than 850 new health jobs over time will be created from the project. Photo Cutline: Photo Cutline: (L to R) Cherokee Nation Businesses Board Member Gary Cooper, CEO Shawn Slaton, Cherokee Nation Health Services Deputy Executive Director Charles Grim, Indian Health Service Deputy Director of Field Operations Rear Adm. Kevin Meeks, Tribal Councilors Keith Austin and Janees Taylor, Health Services Executive Director Connie Davis, Chickasaw Nation Lt. Governor Jefferson Keel, Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., Treasurer Lacey Horn, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd, Tribal Council Deputy Speaker Victoria Vazquez, Tribal council Secretary Frankie Hargis, Tribal Councilors Rex Jordan, David Walkingstick, and Bryan Warner, Cherokee Spiritual Leader Crosslin Smith, Tribal Councilors Dick Lay and Harley Buzzard, CNB Board Members Dan Carter and Jerry Holderby, CNB Executive Vice President Chuck Garrett, Little Cherokee Ambassador Emma Fields, Jr. Lauryn Skye McCoy, Little Cherokee Ambassador Reese Henson, Miss Cherokee Sky Wildcat, W.W. Hastings Hospital CEO Brian Hail, Dr. James Stallcup and Dr. Stephen Jones   Photo Cutline: Rendering of the entrance of the new 469,000-square-foot outpatient health center to be built on the W.W. Hastings campus in Tahlequah.   About Cherokee Nation The Cherokee Nation is the federally recognized government of the Cherokee people and has inherent sovereign status recognized by treaty and law. The seat of tribal government is the W.W. Keeler Complex near Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the capital of the Cherokee Nation. With more than 340,000 citizens, 11,000 employees and a variety of tribal enterprises ranging from aerospace and defense contracts to entertainment venues, Cherokee Nation is one of the largest employers in northeastern Oklahoma and the largest tribal nation in the United States. To learn more, please visit www.cherokee.org. Editor's note: Find all the latest Cherokee Nation news at www.anadisgoi.com. Photos accompanying this release are available at: http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=42199 http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=42200


TAHLEQUAH, Okla., Feb. 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- After several years of planning and negotiation with the federal government, the Cherokee Nation officially begins construction on the tribe's new 469,000-square-foot health facility. Hundreds turned out for a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, including representatives from state, federal and tribal governments. When completed in 2019, it will be the largest health center of any tribe in the country. The new outpatient and primary care facility is being built next to the existing W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah. The four-story facility will feature 180 exam rooms; access to an MRI machine; 10 new cardiac, lung and kidney specialists, and, for the first time ever, an ambulatory surgery center. "This is a monumental day for the Cherokee Nation, and within just a couple of years, this state-of-the-art facility will be transformative in the lives of our citizens in northeast Oklahoma," said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. "The Cherokee Nation has broken barriers in health care throughout Indian Country for years, and with the addition of the new facility and new services that will come with this facility, we will be pioneers in health care recognized throughout the entire nation." The facility is the outcome of the largest IHS-joint venture agreement ever between a tribe and the federal government. The Cherokee Nation is paying for the $200 million construction of the health center, while Indian Health Service has agreed to pay an estimated $80 million or more per year for at least 20 years for staffing and operation costs. Chief Baker testified before a congressional subcommittee in Washington, D.C., in 2014, advocating for the reopening of the joint venture application process so tribes could invest in health care infrastructure without straining the finances of the federal government. In 2015, Cherokee Nation was among few tribes selected for joint venture projects. When W.W. Hastings Hospital was built in Tahlequah in 1986, it was built for 100,000 patient visits per year. In 2016, Hastings saw nearly 400,000 patient visits and had to refer many patients out of the system for specialty services. "We are in dire need of an additional building on campus, since our current Hastings facility sees four times as many annual visits as it was constructed to host," said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. "After more than 30 years of utilizing and maximizing that space, it's fulfilling to know that once complete it will be a major advancement in our ability to deliver the kinds of health care services our people want and deserve." The new facility will feature five surgical suites and two endoscopy suites inside its ambulatory surgical center. It will house a specialty clinic and feature 33 dental chairs, six eye exam rooms, three audiology testing booths and diagnostic imagining. It also expands space for several other services currently offered such as rehabilitation services, behavioral health, a wellness center and more.   "This top-rate facility will allow us to offer a level of health care and increased access to services in northeastern Oklahoma that weren't even thought possible before," said Cherokee Nation Health Services Executive Director Connie Davis. "On behalf of the Cherokee Nation Health Services staff, I thank Chief Baker, the Tribal Council and Cherokee Nation Businesses for giving us the opportunity to deliver first-class health care to our patients." In 2013, the tribe pledged for the first time to use $100 million from Cherokee Nation Businesses' casino profits to improve the Cherokee Nation's health care infrastructure. The funds expanded the Stilwell and Sallisaw health centers, built new health centers in Ochelata and Jay, and will be used for the new outpatient facility at Hastings. The original W.W. Hastings building will serve as the tribe's in-patient hospital. "The Cherokee Nation has never been more prosperous in its history, and with that prosperity we have invested in services that are a top priority for our people," said Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd. "That effort is evident in this new, state-of-the-art health facility. Our government and business officials have been diligent in managing and growing our resources, and our citizens today and future generations will reap the benefits of the work done by those officials." Childers Architects and HKS Architects are designing the LEED-certified facility, with Flintco serving as the construction manager while teaming with Cooper Construction. About 350 construction jobs and more than 850 new health jobs over time will be created from the project. Photo Cutline: Photo Cutline: (L to R) Cherokee Nation Businesses Board Member Gary Cooper, CEO Shawn Slaton, Cherokee Nation Health Services Deputy Executive Director Charles Grim, Indian Health Service Deputy Director of Field Operations Rear Adm. Kevin Meeks, Tribal Councilors Keith Austin and Janees Taylor, Health Services Executive Director Connie Davis, Chickasaw Nation Lt. Governor Jefferson Keel, Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., Treasurer Lacey Horn, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd, Tribal Council Deputy Speaker Victoria Vazquez, Tribal council Secretary Frankie Hargis, Tribal Councilors Rex Jordan, David Walkingstick, and Bryan Warner, Cherokee Spiritual Leader Crosslin Smith, Tribal Councilors Dick Lay and Harley Buzzard, CNB Board Members Dan Carter and Jerry Holderby, CNB Executive Vice President Chuck Garrett, Little Cherokee Ambassador Emma Fields, Jr. Lauryn Skye McCoy, Little Cherokee Ambassador Reese Henson, Miss Cherokee Sky Wildcat, W.W. Hastings Hospital CEO Brian Hail, Dr. James Stallcup and Dr. Stephen Jones   Photo Cutline: Rendering of the entrance of the new 469,000-square-foot outpatient health center to be built on the W.W. Hastings campus in Tahlequah.   About Cherokee Nation The Cherokee Nation is the federally recognized government of the Cherokee people and has inherent sovereign status recognized by treaty and law. The seat of tribal government is the W.W. Keeler Complex near Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the capital of the Cherokee Nation. With more than 340,000 citizens, 11,000 employees and a variety of tribal enterprises ranging from aerospace and defense contracts to entertainment venues, Cherokee Nation is one of the largest employers in northeastern Oklahoma and the largest tribal nation in the United States. To learn more, please visit www.cherokee.org. Editor's note: Find all the latest Cherokee Nation news at www.anadisgoi.com. Photos accompanying this release are available at: http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=42199 http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=42200


TAHLEQUAH, Okla., Feb. 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- After several years of planning and negotiation with the federal government, the Cherokee Nation officially begins construction on the tribe's new 469,000-square-foot health facility. Hundreds turned out for a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, including representatives from state, federal and tribal governments. When completed in 2019, it will be the largest health center of any tribe in the country. The new outpatient and primary care facility is being built next to the existing W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah. The four-story facility will feature 180 exam rooms; access to an MRI machine; 10 new cardiac, lung and kidney specialists, and, for the first time ever, an ambulatory surgery center. "This is a monumental day for the Cherokee Nation, and within just a couple of years, this state-of-the-art facility will be transformative in the lives of our citizens in northeast Oklahoma," said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. "The Cherokee Nation has broken barriers in health care throughout Indian Country for years, and with the addition of the new facility and new services that will come with this facility, we will be pioneers in health care recognized throughout the entire nation." The facility is the outcome of the largest IHS-joint venture agreement ever between a tribe and the federal government. The Cherokee Nation is paying for the $200 million construction of the health center, while Indian Health Service has agreed to pay an estimated $80 million or more per year for at least 20 years for staffing and operation costs. Chief Baker testified before a congressional subcommittee in Washington, D.C., in 2014, advocating for the reopening of the joint venture application process so tribes could invest in health care infrastructure without straining the finances of the federal government. In 2015, Cherokee Nation was among few tribes selected for joint venture projects. When W.W. Hastings Hospital was built in Tahlequah in 1986, it was built for 100,000 patient visits per year. In 2016, Hastings saw nearly 400,000 patient visits and had to refer many patients out of the system for specialty services. "We are in dire need of an additional building on campus, since our current Hastings facility sees four times as many annual visits as it was constructed to host," said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. "After more than 30 years of utilizing and maximizing that space, it's fulfilling to know that once complete it will be a major advancement in our ability to deliver the kinds of health care services our people want and deserve." The new facility will feature five surgical suites and two endoscopy suites inside its ambulatory surgical center. It will house a specialty clinic and feature 33 dental chairs, six eye exam rooms, three audiology testing booths and diagnostic imagining. It also expands space for several other services currently offered such as rehabilitation services, behavioral health, a wellness center and more.   "This top-rate facility will allow us to offer a level of health care and increased access to services in northeastern Oklahoma that weren't even thought possible before," said Cherokee Nation Health Services Executive Director Connie Davis. "On behalf of the Cherokee Nation Health Services staff, I thank Chief Baker, the Tribal Council and Cherokee Nation Businesses for giving us the opportunity to deliver first-class health care to our patients." In 2013, the tribe pledged for the first time to use $100 million from Cherokee Nation Businesses' casino profits to improve the Cherokee Nation's health care infrastructure. The funds expanded the Stilwell and Sallisaw health centers, built new health centers in Ochelata and Jay, and will be used for the new outpatient facility at Hastings. The original W.W. Hastings building will serve as the tribe's in-patient hospital. "The Cherokee Nation has never been more prosperous in its history, and with that prosperity we have invested in services that are a top priority for our people," said Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd. "That effort is evident in this new, state-of-the-art health facility. Our government and business officials have been diligent in managing and growing our resources, and our citizens today and future generations will reap the benefits of the work done by those officials." Childers Architects and HKS Architects are designing the LEED-certified facility, with Flintco serving as the construction manager while teaming with Cooper Construction. About 350 construction jobs and more than 850 new health jobs over time will be created from the project. Photo Cutline: Photo Cutline: (L to R) Cherokee Nation Businesses Board Member Gary Cooper, CEO Shawn Slaton, Cherokee Nation Health Services Deputy Executive Director Charles Grim, Indian Health Service Deputy Director of Field Operations Rear Adm. Kevin Meeks, Tribal Councilors Keith Austin and Janees Taylor, Health Services Executive Director Connie Davis, Chickasaw Nation Lt. Governor Jefferson Keel, Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., Treasurer Lacey Horn, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd, Tribal Council Deputy Speaker Victoria Vazquez, Tribal council Secretary Frankie Hargis, Tribal Councilors Rex Jordan, David Walkingstick, and Bryan Warner, Cherokee Spiritual Leader Crosslin Smith, Tribal Councilors Dick Lay and Harley Buzzard, CNB Board Members Dan Carter and Jerry Holderby, CNB Executive Vice President Chuck Garrett, Little Cherokee Ambassador Emma Fields, Jr. Lauryn Skye McCoy, Little Cherokee Ambassador Reese Henson, Miss Cherokee Sky Wildcat, W.W. Hastings Hospital CEO Brian Hail, Dr. James Stallcup and Dr. Stephen Jones   Photo Cutline: Rendering of the entrance of the new 469,000-square-foot outpatient health center to be built on the W.W. Hastings campus in Tahlequah.   About Cherokee Nation The Cherokee Nation is the federally recognized government of the Cherokee people and has inherent sovereign status recognized by treaty and law. The seat of tribal government is the W.W. Keeler Complex near Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the capital of the Cherokee Nation. With more than 340,000 citizens, 11,000 employees and a variety of tribal enterprises ranging from aerospace and defense contracts to entertainment venues, Cherokee Nation is one of the largest employers in northeastern Oklahoma and the largest tribal nation in the United States. To learn more, please visit www.cherokee.org. Editor's note: Find all the latest Cherokee Nation news at www.anadisgoi.com. Photos accompanying this release are available at: http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=42199 http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=42200


TAHLEQUAH, Okla., Feb. 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- After several years of planning and negotiation with the federal government, the Cherokee Nation officially begins construction on the tribe's new 469,000-square-foot health facility. Hundreds turned out for a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, including representatives from state, federal and tribal governments. When completed in 2019, it will be the largest health center of any tribe in the country. The new outpatient and primary care facility is being built next to the existing W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah. The four-story facility will feature 180 exam rooms; access to an MRI machine; 10 new cardiac, lung and kidney specialists, and, for the first time ever, an ambulatory surgery center. "This is a monumental day for the Cherokee Nation, and within just a couple of years, this state-of-the-art facility will be transformative in the lives of our citizens in northeast Oklahoma," said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. "The Cherokee Nation has broken barriers in health care throughout Indian Country for years, and with the addition of the new facility and new services that will come with this facility, we will be pioneers in health care recognized throughout the entire nation." The facility is the outcome of the largest IHS-joint venture agreement ever between a tribe and the federal government. The Cherokee Nation is paying for the $200 million construction of the health center, while Indian Health Service has agreed to pay an estimated $80 million or more per year for at least 20 years for staffing and operation costs. Chief Baker testified before a congressional subcommittee in Washington, D.C., in 2014, advocating for the reopening of the joint venture application process so tribes could invest in health care infrastructure without straining the finances of the federal government. In 2015, Cherokee Nation was among few tribes selected for joint venture projects. When W.W. Hastings Hospital was built in Tahlequah in 1986, it was built for 100,000 patient visits per year. In 2016, Hastings saw nearly 400,000 patient visits and had to refer many patients out of the system for specialty services. "We are in dire need of an additional building on campus, since our current Hastings facility sees four times as many annual visits as it was constructed to host," said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. "After more than 30 years of utilizing and maximizing that space, it's fulfilling to know that once complete it will be a major advancement in our ability to deliver the kinds of health care services our people want and deserve." The new facility will feature five surgical suites and two endoscopy suites inside its ambulatory surgical center. It will house a specialty clinic and feature 33 dental chairs, six eye exam rooms, three audiology testing booths and diagnostic imagining. It also expands space for several other services currently offered such as rehabilitation services, behavioral health, a wellness center and more.   "This top-rate facility will allow us to offer a level of health care and increased access to services in northeastern Oklahoma that weren't even thought possible before," said Cherokee Nation Health Services Executive Director Connie Davis. "On behalf of the Cherokee Nation Health Services staff, I thank Chief Baker, the Tribal Council and Cherokee Nation Businesses for giving us the opportunity to deliver first-class health care to our patients." In 2013, the tribe pledged for the first time to use $100 million from Cherokee Nation Businesses' casino profits to improve the Cherokee Nation's health care infrastructure. The funds expanded the Stilwell and Sallisaw health centers, built new health centers in Ochelata and Jay, and will be used for the new outpatient facility at Hastings. The original W.W. Hastings building will serve as the tribe's in-patient hospital. "The Cherokee Nation has never been more prosperous in its history, and with that prosperity we have invested in services that are a top priority for our people," said Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd. "That effort is evident in this new, state-of-the-art health facility. Our government and business officials have been diligent in managing and growing our resources, and our citizens today and future generations will reap the benefits of the work done by those officials." Childers Architects and HKS Architects are designing the LEED-certified facility, with Flintco serving as the construction manager while teaming with Cooper Construction. About 350 construction jobs and more than 850 new health jobs over time will be created from the project. Photo Cutline: Photo Cutline: (L to R) Cherokee Nation Businesses Board Member Gary Cooper, CEO Shawn Slaton, Cherokee Nation Health Services Deputy Executive Director Charles Grim, Indian Health Service Deputy Director of Field Operations Rear Adm. Kevin Meeks, Tribal Councilors Keith Austin and Janees Taylor, Health Services Executive Director Connie Davis, Chickasaw Nation Lt. Governor Jefferson Keel, Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., Treasurer Lacey Horn, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd, Tribal Council Deputy Speaker Victoria Vazquez, Tribal council Secretary Frankie Hargis, Tribal Councilors Rex Jordan, David Walkingstick, and Bryan Warner, Cherokee Spiritual Leader Crosslin Smith, Tribal Councilors Dick Lay and Harley Buzzard, CNB Board Members Dan Carter and Jerry Holderby, CNB Executive Vice President Chuck Garrett, Little Cherokee Ambassador Emma Fields, Jr. Lauryn Skye McCoy, Little Cherokee Ambassador Reese Henson, Miss Cherokee Sky Wildcat, W.W. Hastings Hospital CEO Brian Hail, Dr. James Stallcup and Dr. Stephen Jones   Photo Cutline: Rendering of the entrance of the new 469,000-square-foot outpatient health center to be built on the W.W. Hastings campus in Tahlequah.   About Cherokee Nation The Cherokee Nation is the federally recognized government of the Cherokee people and has inherent sovereign status recognized by treaty and law. The seat of tribal government is the W.W. Keeler Complex near Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the capital of the Cherokee Nation. With more than 340,000 citizens, 11,000 employees and a variety of tribal enterprises ranging from aerospace and defense contracts to entertainment venues, Cherokee Nation is one of the largest employers in northeastern Oklahoma and the largest tribal nation in the United States. To learn more, please visit www.cherokee.org. Editor's note: Find all the latest Cherokee Nation news at www.anadisgoi.com. Photos accompanying this release are available at: http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=42199 http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=42200


TAHLEQUAH, Okla., Feb. 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- After several years of planning and negotiation with the federal government, the Cherokee Nation officially begins construction on the tribe's new 469,000-square-foot health facility. Hundreds turned out for a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, including representatives from state, federal and tribal governments. When completed in 2019, it will be the largest health center of any tribe in the country. The new outpatient and primary care facility is being built next to the existing W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah. The four-story facility will feature 180 exam rooms; access to an MRI machine; 10 new cardiac, lung and kidney specialists, and, for the first time ever, an ambulatory surgery center. "This is a monumental day for the Cherokee Nation, and within just a couple of years, this state-of-the-art facility will be transformative in the lives of our citizens in northeast Oklahoma," said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. "The Cherokee Nation has broken barriers in health care throughout Indian Country for years, and with the addition of the new facility and new services that will come with this facility, we will be pioneers in health care recognized throughout the entire nation." The facility is the outcome of the largest IHS-joint venture agreement ever between a tribe and the federal government. The Cherokee Nation is paying for the $200 million construction of the health center, while Indian Health Service has agreed to pay an estimated $80 million or more per year for at least 20 years for staffing and operation costs. Chief Baker testified before a congressional subcommittee in Washington, D.C., in 2014, advocating for the reopening of the joint venture application process so tribes could invest in health care infrastructure without straining the finances of the federal government. In 2015, Cherokee Nation was among few tribes selected for joint venture projects. When W.W. Hastings Hospital was built in Tahlequah in 1986, it was built for 100,000 patient visits per year. In 2016, Hastings saw nearly 400,000 patient visits and had to refer many patients out of the system for specialty services. "We are in dire need of an additional building on campus, since our current Hastings facility sees four times as many annual visits as it was constructed to host," said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. "After more than 30 years of utilizing and maximizing that space, it's fulfilling to know that once complete it will be a major advancement in our ability to deliver the kinds of health care services our people want and deserve." The new facility will feature five surgical suites and two endoscopy suites inside its ambulatory surgical center. It will house a specialty clinic and feature 33 dental chairs, six eye exam rooms, three audiology testing booths and diagnostic imagining. It also expands space for several other services currently offered such as rehabilitation services, behavioral health, a wellness center and more.   "This top-rate facility will allow us to offer a level of health care and increased access to services in northeastern Oklahoma that weren't even thought possible before," said Cherokee Nation Health Services Executive Director Connie Davis. "On behalf of the Cherokee Nation Health Services staff, I thank Chief Baker, the Tribal Council and Cherokee Nation Businesses for giving us the opportunity to deliver first-class health care to our patients." In 2013, the tribe pledged for the first time to use $100 million from Cherokee Nation Businesses' casino profits to improve the Cherokee Nation's health care infrastructure. The funds expanded the Stilwell and Sallisaw health centers, built new health centers in Ochelata and Jay, and will be used for the new outpatient facility at Hastings. The original W.W. Hastings building will serve as the tribe's in-patient hospital. "The Cherokee Nation has never been more prosperous in its history, and with that prosperity we have invested in services that are a top priority for our people," said Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd. "That effort is evident in this new, state-of-the-art health facility. Our government and business officials have been diligent in managing and growing our resources, and our citizens today and future generations will reap the benefits of the work done by those officials." Childers Architects and HKS Architects are designing the LEED-certified facility, with Flintco serving as the construction manager while teaming with Cooper Construction. About 350 construction jobs and more than 850 new health jobs over time will be created from the project. Photo Cutline: Photo Cutline: (L to R) Cherokee Nation Businesses Board Member Gary Cooper, CEO Shawn Slaton, Cherokee Nation Health Services Deputy Executive Director Charles Grim, Indian Health Service Deputy Director of Field Operations Rear Adm. Kevin Meeks, Tribal Councilors Keith Austin and Janees Taylor, Health Services Executive Director Connie Davis, Chickasaw Nation Lt. Governor Jefferson Keel, Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., Treasurer Lacey Horn, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd, Tribal Council Deputy Speaker Victoria Vazquez, Tribal council Secretary Frankie Hargis, Tribal Councilors Rex Jordan, David Walkingstick, and Bryan Warner, Cherokee Spiritual Leader Crosslin Smith, Tribal Councilors Dick Lay and Harley Buzzard, CNB Board Members Dan Carter and Jerry Holderby, CNB Executive Vice President Chuck Garrett, Little Cherokee Ambassador Emma Fields, Jr. Lauryn Skye McCoy, Little Cherokee Ambassador Reese Henson, Miss Cherokee Sky Wildcat, W.W. Hastings Hospital CEO Brian Hail, Dr. James Stallcup and Dr. Stephen Jones   Photo Cutline: Rendering of the entrance of the new 469,000-square-foot outpatient health center to be built on the W.W. Hastings campus in Tahlequah.   About Cherokee Nation The Cherokee Nation is the federally recognized government of the Cherokee people and has inherent sovereign status recognized by treaty and law. The seat of tribal government is the W.W. Keeler Complex near Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the capital of the Cherokee Nation. With more than 340,000 citizens, 11,000 employees and a variety of tribal enterprises ranging from aerospace and defense contracts to entertainment venues, Cherokee Nation is one of the largest employers in northeastern Oklahoma and the largest tribal nation in the United States. To learn more, please visit www.cherokee.org. Editor's note: Find all the latest Cherokee Nation news at www.anadisgoi.com. Photos accompanying this release are available at: http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=42199 http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=42200


News Article | March 2, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

Cytta is pleased announce that it is in the final stages of consummating a business development alliance with long standing Native American government systems integrator, Yona Systems Group Inc.  Yona will be implementing Cytta’s VeriSmartPhone™ based remote medical monitoring EvrCare™ technology as a foundational component within Yona’s Native American Health Initiative (NAHI) which includes participation by the US Government and select technology providers. Mr. Jim Metcalf, President of Yona said, “We see an excellent immediate 'fit' within our positioning at the Department of Interior, and the Department of Health and Human Services as focused within the Indian Health Service. There are 160+ existing hospitals, and remote clinics, which need more than hospital information systems.  They need enhanced patient outreach resources and Cytta provides a vital component of our integrated offering.” NAHI will be implemented via Yona Medical Systems, led by Dan Retter, who is also CEO of Yona Systems Group. He noted, “We recognize the ‘extra hardships’ faced by Native American patients who must travel long distances to receive monitoring of vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse, oxygen levels and blood glucose. We believe that patient Quality of Service will be greatly enhanced by the Cytta/Doctor Directed technology implemented on smart phones. Patients and their Health care team will receive more timely and actionable patient information with much less patient travel.” Yona has a unique 'Dual Designation" of being Certified by the Small Business Administration as a minority-owned, '8a'-Native American U.S. Government Systems Integrator. Yona also is designated, under the Buy Indian Act, as being an ISBEE (Indian Small Business Economic Enterprise). Mr. Jerry Smith, Co-CEO of Cytta stated, “Yona’s unique combination of designations is relatively rare and provides multiple exciting opportunities to utilize the Cytta VeriSmartPhone™ based technology and the EvrCare™ platforms to significantly improve healthcare services within the Native American community.” Currently 229 of the 566 reservations spread across the nation are in remote areas only accessible by airplane or boat. Seeing a doctor for one visit, let alone a follow-up, therefore becomes inconvenient and costly.  The Cytta/Doctor Direct remote monitoring mobile technology can bring modern medical care, supervised by a healthcare professional, to all rural communities, without the necessity of travelling miles to a clinic or physician’s office. Cytta Corp. has developed an IoT remote monitoring connectivity system and is known for its Cytta Connect open source WiFi, cellular and satellite VeriSmartPhone™ platform, a highly scalable and secure IoT two-way real time monitoring solution called EvrCare™. The Cytta VeriSmartPhone™ technology consists of an ‘intelligent’ android smartphone reprogrammed at the operating system level as an IoT control interface. This reprogrammed very smart device automatically connects all Bluetooth remote medical monitoring devices to the Oracle Cloud/IoT Platform, and from there to the designated recipients, creating two-way real time data, video and voice communication. The Cytta Connect technology automatically connects all remote monitoring devices to Oracle’s Cloud/IoT platform creating real time communication for all IoT market segments The Doctor Direct or ‘doctor directed’ model is Cytta’s initial, high risk, patient remote monitoring market offering.  The technology is a Physician prescribable model for patients with two or more identified morbidities. It is now complete, live patient tested in clinical trials, and has been field deployed. The Doctor Direct segment of the EvrCare™ system is completely open source – Automatically connects any Bluetooth health or wellness devices (i.e. blood pressure, blood glucose, pulse oxygen, digital scale, etc.) to the VeriSmartPhoneTM to the Oracle IoT/Cloud and on to the caregivers anywhere, and anytime. Data is automatically received by VeriSmartPhoneTM, interpreted, assessed and recipients determined.  VeriSmartPhoneTM transmits data in real time to the Dr., Nurse, Caregiver and/or family member along with determination of action level or importance.  Dr., Nurse, Caregiver, or family member responds to patient via voice, video, SMS or email in real-time through a VeriSmartPhoneTM in the patient’s home. The Doctor Direct remote patient monitoring system, combined with the new billing/CPT codes for the service, has created the opportunity for real-time patient monitoring and a significant revenue stream to the Physician for providing better quality care. Statements included in this press release, which are not historical in nature, are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements relating to the future performance of the Company are subject to many factors including, but not limited to, the customer acceptance of the products in the market, the introduction of competitive products and product development, the impact of any product liability or other adverse litigation, working capital and availability of capital, commercialization and technological difficulties, the impact of actions and events involving key customers, vendors, lenders, competitors, and other risks. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the Company's management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. When used in this press release, the terms "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "expect", "may", "objective", "plan", "possible", "potential", "project", "will", and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof, and we do not undertake any obligation to update any forward looking statements, whether as a result of future events, new information, or otherwise.


News Article | March 2, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

Cytta is pleased announce that it is in the final stages of consummating a business development alliance with long standing Native American government systems integrator, Yona Systems Group Inc.  Yona will be implementing Cytta’s VeriSmartPhone™ based remote medical monitoring EvrCare™ technology as a foundational component within Yona’s Native American Health Initiative (NAHI) which includes participation by the US Government and select technology providers. Mr. Jim Metcalf, President of Yona said, “We see an excellent immediate 'fit' within our positioning at the Department of Interior, and the Department of Health and Human Services as focused within the Indian Health Service. There are 160+ existing hospitals, and remote clinics, which need more than hospital information systems.  They need enhanced patient outreach resources and Cytta provides a vital component of our integrated offering.” NAHI will be implemented via Yona Medical Systems, led by Dan Retter, who is also CEO of Yona Systems Group. He noted, “We recognize the ‘extra hardships’ faced by Native American patients who must travel long distances to receive monitoring of vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse, oxygen levels and blood glucose. We believe that patient Quality of Service will be greatly enhanced by the Cytta/Doctor Directed technology implemented on smart phones. Patients and their Health care team will receive more timely and actionable patient information with much less patient travel.” Yona has a unique 'Dual Designation" of being Certified by the Small Business Administration as a minority-owned, '8a'-Native American U.S. Government Systems Integrator. Yona also is designated, under the Buy Indian Act, as being an ISBEE (Indian Small Business Economic Enterprise). Mr. Jerry Smith, Co-CEO of Cytta stated, “Yona’s unique combination of designations is relatively rare and provides multiple exciting opportunities to utilize the Cytta VeriSmartPhone™ based technology and the EvrCare™ platforms to significantly improve healthcare services within the Native American community.” Currently 229 of the 566 reservations spread across the nation are in remote areas only accessible by airplane or boat. Seeing a doctor for one visit, let alone a follow-up, therefore becomes inconvenient and costly.  The Cytta/Doctor Direct remote monitoring mobile technology can bring modern medical care, supervised by a healthcare professional, to all rural communities, without the necessity of travelling miles to a clinic or physician’s office. Cytta Corp. has developed an IoT remote monitoring connectivity system and is known for its Cytta Connect open source WiFi, cellular and satellite VeriSmartPhone™ platform, a highly scalable and secure IoT two-way real time monitoring solution called EvrCare™. The Cytta VeriSmartPhone™ technology consists of an ‘intelligent’ android smartphone reprogrammed at the operating system level as an IoT control interface. This reprogrammed very smart device automatically connects all Bluetooth remote medical monitoring devices to the Oracle Cloud/IoT Platform, and from there to the designated recipients, creating two-way real time data, video and voice communication. The Cytta Connect technology automatically connects all remote monitoring devices to Oracle’s Cloud/IoT platform creating real time communication for all IoT market segments The Doctor Direct or ‘doctor directed’ model is Cytta’s initial, high risk, patient remote monitoring market offering.  The technology is a Physician prescribable model for patients with two or more identified morbidities. It is now complete, live patient tested in clinical trials, and has been field deployed. The Doctor Direct segment of the EvrCare™ system is completely open source – Automatically connects any Bluetooth health or wellness devices (i.e. blood pressure, blood glucose, pulse oxygen, digital scale, etc.) to the VeriSmartPhoneTM to the Oracle IoT/Cloud and on to the caregivers anywhere, and anytime. Data is automatically received by VeriSmartPhoneTM, interpreted, assessed and recipients determined.  VeriSmartPhoneTM transmits data in real time to the Dr., Nurse, Caregiver and/or family member along with determination of action level or importance.  Dr., Nurse, Caregiver, or family member responds to patient via voice, video, SMS or email in real-time through a VeriSmartPhoneTM in the patient’s home. The Doctor Direct remote patient monitoring system, combined with the new billing/CPT codes for the service, has created the opportunity for real-time patient monitoring and a significant revenue stream to the Physician for providing better quality care. Statements included in this press release, which are not historical in nature, are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements relating to the future performance of the Company are subject to many factors including, but not limited to, the customer acceptance of the products in the market, the introduction of competitive products and product development, the impact of any product liability or other adverse litigation, working capital and availability of capital, commercialization and technological difficulties, the impact of actions and events involving key customers, vendors, lenders, competitors, and other risks. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the Company's management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. When used in this press release, the terms "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "expect", "may", "objective", "plan", "possible", "potential", "project", "will", and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof, and we do not undertake any obligation to update any forward looking statements, whether as a result of future events, new information, or otherwise.


News Article | March 2, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

Cytta is pleased announce that it is in the final stages of consummating a business development alliance with long standing Native American government systems integrator, Yona Systems Group Inc.  Yona will be implementing Cytta’s VeriSmartPhone™ based remote medical monitoring EvrCare™ technology as a foundational component within Yona’s Native American Health Initiative (NAHI) which includes participation by the US Government and select technology providers. Mr. Jim Metcalf, President of Yona said, “We see an excellent immediate 'fit' within our positioning at the Department of Interior, and the Department of Health and Human Services as focused within the Indian Health Service. There are 160+ existing hospitals, and remote clinics, which need more than hospital information systems.  They need enhanced patient outreach resources and Cytta provides a vital component of our integrated offering.” NAHI will be implemented via Yona Medical Systems, led by Dan Retter, who is also CEO of Yona Systems Group. He noted, “We recognize the ‘extra hardships’ faced by Native American patients who must travel long distances to receive monitoring of vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse, oxygen levels and blood glucose. We believe that patient Quality of Service will be greatly enhanced by the Cytta/Doctor Directed technology implemented on smart phones. Patients and their Health care team will receive more timely and actionable patient information with much less patient travel.” Yona has a unique 'Dual Designation" of being Certified by the Small Business Administration as a minority-owned, '8a'-Native American U.S. Government Systems Integrator. Yona also is designated, under the Buy Indian Act, as being an ISBEE (Indian Small Business Economic Enterprise). Mr. Jerry Smith, Co-CEO of Cytta stated, “Yona’s unique combination of designations is relatively rare and provides multiple exciting opportunities to utilize the Cytta VeriSmartPhone™ based technology and the EvrCare™ platforms to significantly improve healthcare services within the Native American community.” Currently 229 of the 566 reservations spread across the nation are in remote areas only accessible by airplane or boat. Seeing a doctor for one visit, let alone a follow-up, therefore becomes inconvenient and costly.  The Cytta/Doctor Direct remote monitoring mobile technology can bring modern medical care, supervised by a healthcare professional, to all rural communities, without the necessity of travelling miles to a clinic or physician’s office. Cytta Corp. has developed an IoT remote monitoring connectivity system and is known for its Cytta Connect open source WiFi, cellular and satellite VeriSmartPhone™ platform, a highly scalable and secure IoT two-way real time monitoring solution called EvrCare™. The Cytta VeriSmartPhone™ technology consists of an ‘intelligent’ android smartphone reprogrammed at the operating system level as an IoT control interface. This reprogrammed very smart device automatically connects all Bluetooth remote medical monitoring devices to the Oracle Cloud/IoT Platform, and from there to the designated recipients, creating two-way real time data, video and voice communication. The Cytta Connect technology automatically connects all remote monitoring devices to Oracle’s Cloud/IoT platform creating real time communication for all IoT market segments The Doctor Direct or ‘doctor directed’ model is Cytta’s initial, high risk, patient remote monitoring market offering.  The technology is a Physician prescribable model for patients with two or more identified morbidities. It is now complete, live patient tested in clinical trials, and has been field deployed. The Doctor Direct segment of the EvrCare™ system is completely open source – Automatically connects any Bluetooth health or wellness devices (i.e. blood pressure, blood glucose, pulse oxygen, digital scale, etc.) to the VeriSmartPhoneTM to the Oracle IoT/Cloud and on to the caregivers anywhere, and anytime. Data is automatically received by VeriSmartPhoneTM, interpreted, assessed and recipients determined.  VeriSmartPhoneTM transmits data in real time to the Dr., Nurse, Caregiver and/or family member along with determination of action level or importance.  Dr., Nurse, Caregiver, or family member responds to patient via voice, video, SMS or email in real-time through a VeriSmartPhoneTM in the patient’s home. The Doctor Direct remote patient monitoring system, combined with the new billing/CPT codes for the service, has created the opportunity for real-time patient monitoring and a significant revenue stream to the Physician for providing better quality care. Statements included in this press release, which are not historical in nature, are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements relating to the future performance of the Company are subject to many factors including, but not limited to, the customer acceptance of the products in the market, the introduction of competitive products and product development, the impact of any product liability or other adverse litigation, working capital and availability of capital, commercialization and technological difficulties, the impact of actions and events involving key customers, vendors, lenders, competitors, and other risks. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the Company's management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. When used in this press release, the terms "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "expect", "may", "objective", "plan", "possible", "potential", "project", "will", and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof, and we do not undertake any obligation to update any forward looking statements, whether as a result of future events, new information, or otherwise.


News Article | March 2, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

Cytta is pleased announce that it is in the final stages of consummating a business development alliance with long standing Native American government systems integrator, Yona Systems Group Inc.  Yona will be implementing Cytta’s VeriSmartPhone™ based remote medical monitoring EvrCare™ technology as a foundational component within Yona’s Native American Health Initiative (NAHI) which includes participation by the US Government and select technology providers. Mr. Jim Metcalf, President of Yona said, “We see an excellent immediate 'fit' within our positioning at the Department of Interior, and the Department of Health and Human Services as focused within the Indian Health Service. There are 160+ existing hospitals, and remote clinics, which need more than hospital information systems.  They need enhanced patient outreach resources and Cytta provides a vital component of our integrated offering.” NAHI will be implemented via Yona Medical Systems, led by Dan Retter, who is also CEO of Yona Systems Group. He noted, “We recognize the ‘extra hardships’ faced by Native American patients who must travel long distances to receive monitoring of vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse, oxygen levels and blood glucose. We believe that patient Quality of Service will be greatly enhanced by the Cytta/Doctor Directed technology implemented on smart phones. Patients and their Health care team will receive more timely and actionable patient information with much less patient travel.” Yona has a unique 'Dual Designation" of being Certified by the Small Business Administration as a minority-owned, '8a'-Native American U.S. Government Systems Integrator. Yona also is designated, under the Buy Indian Act, as being an ISBEE (Indian Small Business Economic Enterprise). Mr. Jerry Smith, Co-CEO of Cytta stated, “Yona’s unique combination of designations is relatively rare and provides multiple exciting opportunities to utilize the Cytta VeriSmartPhone™ based technology and the EvrCare™ platforms to significantly improve healthcare services within the Native American community.” Currently 229 of the 566 reservations spread across the nation are in remote areas only accessible by airplane or boat. Seeing a doctor for one visit, let alone a follow-up, therefore becomes inconvenient and costly.  The Cytta/Doctor Direct remote monitoring mobile technology can bring modern medical care, supervised by a healthcare professional, to all rural communities, without the necessity of travelling miles to a clinic or physician’s office. Cytta Corp. has developed an IoT remote monitoring connectivity system and is known for its Cytta Connect open source WiFi, cellular and satellite VeriSmartPhone™ platform, a highly scalable and secure IoT two-way real time monitoring solution called EvrCare™. The Cytta VeriSmartPhone™ technology consists of an ‘intelligent’ android smartphone reprogrammed at the operating system level as an IoT control interface. This reprogrammed very smart device automatically connects all Bluetooth remote medical monitoring devices to the Oracle Cloud/IoT Platform, and from there to the designated recipients, creating two-way real time data, video and voice communication. The Cytta Connect technology automatically connects all remote monitoring devices to Oracle’s Cloud/IoT platform creating real time communication for all IoT market segments The Doctor Direct or ‘doctor directed’ model is Cytta’s initial, high risk, patient remote monitoring market offering.  The technology is a Physician prescribable model for patients with two or more identified morbidities. It is now complete, live patient tested in clinical trials, and has been field deployed. The Doctor Direct segment of the EvrCare™ system is completely open source – Automatically connects any Bluetooth health or wellness devices (i.e. blood pressure, blood glucose, pulse oxygen, digital scale, etc.) to the VeriSmartPhoneTM to the Oracle IoT/Cloud and on to the caregivers anywhere, and anytime. Data is automatically received by VeriSmartPhoneTM, interpreted, assessed and recipients determined.  VeriSmartPhoneTM transmits data in real time to the Dr., Nurse, Caregiver and/or family member along with determination of action level or importance.  Dr., Nurse, Caregiver, or family member responds to patient via voice, video, SMS or email in real-time through a VeriSmartPhoneTM in the patient’s home. The Doctor Direct remote patient monitoring system, combined with the new billing/CPT codes for the service, has created the opportunity for real-time patient monitoring and a significant revenue stream to the Physician for providing better quality care. Statements included in this press release, which are not historical in nature, are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements relating to the future performance of the Company are subject to many factors including, but not limited to, the customer acceptance of the products in the market, the introduction of competitive products and product development, the impact of any product liability or other adverse litigation, working capital and availability of capital, commercialization and technological difficulties, the impact of actions and events involving key customers, vendors, lenders, competitors, and other risks. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the Company's management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. When used in this press release, the terms "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "expect", "may", "objective", "plan", "possible", "potential", "project", "will", and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof, and we do not undertake any obligation to update any forward looking statements, whether as a result of future events, new information, or otherwise.


News Article | February 22, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

CARLSBAD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ChartLogic, a division of Medsphere Systems Corporation, today announced the release of Connect Patient, a multifunction patient portal and communications platform. Using the Connect Patient solution on any device or browser, practices, physicians and patients can easily and rapidly engage to enhance the overall patient experience and improve the quality of care by making the patient a more active participant in their own care. Moving beyond the typical patient portal experience, patient-centric Connect Patient is integrated with ChartLogic EHR to make patient information more readily available and increase communication between clinician and patient. With Connect Patient tools, practices and patients are empowered to control how they engage in terms of scheduling appointments, creating mobile intake forms, accepting payments online, sending secure messages, using SMS/email/voice technologies as appointment reminders and more. Medsphere is also using Connect Patient development to enhance the company’s OpenVista EHR and for work on other VA VistA environments. From a desktop computer, laptop or any mobile device, Connect Patient gives patients broader access to both clinicians and clinical information. Patients can use the platform to request prescription refills, pay bills online, see lab results and set up representatives authorized to access their account for them. “As healthcare moves to a more engaged patient care model, ChartLogic is providing the tools necessary to realize that goal,” said ChartLogic President Zubin Emsley. “Connect Patient substantially narrows the communications gap between patient and clinician and makes clinical information available much more quickly, addressing patient anxiety over potentially troubling health issues. Importantly, Connect Patient is just the first of several system enhancements ChartLogic is currently making to create a comprehensive, integrated ambulatory care solution that meets and exceeds required regulations.” With the release of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) this year, and with more demanding and potentially rewarding standards coming online in 2018, practices can solidify their financial foundations now by implementing a certified EHR that includes a robust patient portal system. Connect Patient was built with these new requirements in mind and empowers practices to earn incentives and avoid penalties. Learn how Connect Patient increases the overall value of a practice and improves quality of care by visiting http://www.chartlogic.com/connectpatient/. Founded in 2002 and based in Carlsbad, Calif., Medsphere Systems Corporation is an organization of committed clinical and technology professionals working to make quality healthcare IT solutions accessible to organizations of virtually any size, shape or budget. Medsphere’s OpenVista® is an acute and inpatient behavioral health-oriented portfolio of clinical products and services that leverages the VistA electronic health record (EHR) system developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Indian Health Service (IHS). Medsphere’s Government Services Division also applies that VistA expertise to development and testing projects for both VA and IHS. Using a vendor-independent approach to helping hospitals solve critical challenges, the Phoenix Health Systems division provides a host of healthcare IT services, including systems implementation, project management, remote service desk, end-user device management, application management and IT leadership. Medsphere’s ChartLogic division enables better ambulatory care via physician practice EHR, revenue cycle management (RCM) and practice management systems and services. Whatever your healthcare IT challenge, Medsphere has a solution. Learn more about Medsphere at www.medsphere.com.

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