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SynaMed Announces Partnership With StenTel to Facilitate 'Meaningful Use by Dictation'

(October 18, 2011)

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 10/18/11 -- Healthcare technology leader SynaMed, LLC is excited to announce a partnership with national transcription company StenTel, a provider of clinical documentation solutions, combining their platforms and allowing healthcare providers to take advantage of advanced transcription services while benefiting from a Meaningful Use certified EMR.

SynaMed provides medical practices with a turnkey electronic medical record (EMR) solution. StenTel, based in Massachusetts, offers transcription services to health providers. By taking advantage of these combined services, physicians can maintain their current workflow, improve clinical documentation, and meet Meaningful Use criteria -- thus qualifying for government incentives.

"StenTel is extremely pleased to have completed the integration of a seamless workflow that bridges the gap between old school and new," said George Catuogno, president of StenTel.

How it works: Healthcare providers dictate to the transcription company, which then types the provider's note. StenTel's integrated natural language processing (NLP) scrubs the note and organizes important information into coded, discrete data fields in an XML format that is transferred to SynaMed. SynaMed uses that data to populate the EMR.

"We call it 'Meaningful Use by Dictation'," Holly DeMuro, SynaMed Director of Operations, said of the innovative venture.

"Productivity is a 'practical use' issue," Catuogno said. "For many clinicians, dictation is the most practical way to maintain patient loads without working longer hours or to work the same hours without losing revenue. The workflow created by StenTel and SynaMed is the ideal marriage between protecting the asset of dictation while supporting adoption of a certified EMR."

"Using the combined systems of SynaMed and StenTel is also less costly than revamping a practice to implement an EMR," DeMuro said.

Catuogno goes on to explain, "The additional benefit is the low cost of this solution and ability to gain the Meaningful Use dollars. It's a meaningful, practical and affordable option that we're confident will excite the marketplace and stimulate greater adoption of electronic health records."

SynaMed's web-based solution provides total access to medical records while decreasing hardware, installation, and networking costs.

StenTel's discrete reportable transcription (DRT) solution creates a "Touchless" solution while maintaining the physician workflow. StenTel's NLP solution also enables a broad range of data mining capabilities to convert narrative notes into actionable data.

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