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MedcomSoft donation increases SFU student opportunities

December 11, 2013

MedComSoft donation

Thanks to software development firm MedcomSoft of Ebensburg, students in the School of Health Sciences at Saint Francis University are now able to gain substantial hands-on training working with electronic medical records without leaving campus.

MedcomSoft has donated their enterprise software package, MedcomSoft Record 5.0 ®, used in healthcare facilities throughout the United States to the University. The software, valued at $233,300.00 is an integrated electronic medical record (EMR) and practice management (PM) package in use throughout the U. S. The new software will be used to prepare students, through hands-on training, to be fully qualified to work with computerized health records systems.

Electronic medical records play an increasingly critical role in patient care, reducing errors that can occur with paper charts. Yet many educational institutions do not offer any significant training in computerized health records systems, leaving graduates unprepared for the workplace.

"To fully prepare our future health care professionals, we need to provide simulation and clinical experiences that are as close to reality as possible. This software will be one more tool to allow our students to truly be ready to make their marks as competent, compassionate, and ethical healthcare professionals," said Dr. Donald Walkovich MS, OTR/L, Dean of the School of Health Sciences at Saint Francis University.

The School of Health Sciences is comprised of programs in exercise physiology,health science, medical science, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant sciences, and public health.

Founded in 1996, MedcomSoft develops cutting-edge software solutions for the healthcare industry. MedcomSoft has pioneered the use of numerically codified point-of-care clinical terminologies to create a new generation of highly interoperable EMRs, which significantly enhance disease surveillance and accelerate clinical research. MedcomSoft award-winning software applications include Electronic Medical Records, physician order entry systems with e-prescribing, document management, practice management and clinical data search, data mining and disease surveillance systems. According to company founder and CEO, Shawn Long, healthcare employers consistently voice the need for graduates who can enter the workforce with an in-depth knowledge of electronic medical records and help break down the barrier that can lead to the paperless offices of the future.

This gift ties in nicely with strategic focus of the university to increase the number of interdisciplinary training opportunities that mirror the workplace. The university is currently conducting a capital campaign to centralize the School of Health Sciences' allied health offerings within an expanded Sullivan Hall. An enhanced, interdisciplinary simulation lab will sit at the heart of the project.

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From left: Dr. Rita Trofino, Interim Associate Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Nursing Department Chair; Dr. Melissa Kagarise, Associate Professor Master of Health Sciences; Shawn Long, Founder and CEO of MedComSoft; Fr. Gabriel Zeis, President of Saint