Survey of Healthcare Professionals Names Satellite Healthcare's SPIN as a Top Electronic Medical Record System

San Jose, CA - March 20, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Satellite Healthcare, among the nation's leading not-for-profit providers of kidney dialysis and related services, announced today its SPIN suite was cited as a top electronic medical record (EMR) system by satisfaction score in the dialysis setting, in survey results reported in the February 2014 edition of Nephrology News & Issues. Nephrology Clinical Solutions (NCS) Research conducted the survey in May 2013, gathering responses from among its pre-qualified members representing healthcare professionals in the full range of dialysis practice settings.

"We continue to invest significant resources to enhance our information systems and technology tools, and our investments are paying off in user satisfaction and cost-efficiencies"

The "Satisfaction with EMR Survey" placed SPIN (Satellite Partners Information Network) in the top 10 percent of 30 EMR systems evaluated for satisfaction with regard to workflow support, access and communications, and application training and support. SPIN's high standing is particularly notable in that only 24 percent of respondents report being "very satisfied" with their current EMR system; another 52 percent are "somewhat satisfied," and a significant 25 percent are "somewhat or very dissatisfied."

SPIN provides a comprehensive, paperless collection of all critical dialysis patient information including demographics, notes, orders, labs and treatment details, as well as enterprise-wide medication administration information, stored securely and available to doctors, clinicians and administrators 24/7 on a variety of platforms. As supported by the results of the NCS Research survey, this suite of tools helps Satellite dialysis centers run efficiently and allows staff to dedicate more time to patients and their needs.

"We continue to invest significant resources to enhance our information systems and technology tools, and our investments are paying off in user satisfaction and cost-efficiencies," said Mark Burke, President and CEO of Satellite Healthcare. "SPIN also represents significant strides toward our goal of 'meaningful use' of EMR- that is, used to achieve significant improvements in care - as set out in HITECH [The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act]. These survey results reflect the positive feedback we encounter every day in our centers."

SPIN technology is fully integrated into the workflow of all Satellite dialysis centers, home-dialysis support centers and administrative offices. Secure web-based and mobile components of the SPIN suite connect referring physicians, medical directors, case managers and physician office staff to Satellite patient information from any Internet connection as well as from smartphones and tablets.

About the NCS Research Satisfaction with EMR Survey:

In May 2013, Nephrology Clinical Solutions Research surveyed U.S. dialysis healthcare professionals regarding satisfaction with EMR systems. The objectives were to evaluate satisfaction with current and previous EMR/EHR systems; most important attributes of EMR/EHR systems; and satisfaction with various attributes/functions of EMR/EHR systems.

About Nephrology News & Issues:

Nephrology News & Issues (NN&I) informs readers of the latest developments in nephrology while providing a forum for the exchange of ideas among the professional disciplines responsible for delivering care to the end-stage renal disease patient. Winner of two Public Service Awards from the National Kidney Foundation, NN&I is not a clinical or society journal, but rather an interdisciplinary news magazine. The editorial staff researches and, with the guidance of an actively involved Editorial Advisory Board, reports on the latest social, economic, political, and legislative developments.

About Satellite Healthcare:

Satellite Healthcare, Inc., has been among the nation's leading not-for-profit providers of kidney dialysis and related services since 1974. Through its affiliated services, Satellite WellBound, Satellite Dialysis, Satellite Health Plan and Satellite Research, Satellite Healthcare provides unparalleled early patient wellness education, personalized clinical services and a complete range of dialysis therapy choices. In addition, Satellite Healthcare has a well-recognized, enduring commitment to philanthropy and community service, from funding millions of dollars in research grants to sponsoring kidney walks nationwide. Satellite is committed to advancing the standard of chronic kidney disease care so patients can enjoy a better life.

Media Contact: Kim Hernandez, 650-404-3623

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