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May 10, 2011 (Cleveland)

CHAMPS Group Purchasing Announces New EHR Consulting/Support Services Agreement with E-Chart Solutions

CHAMPS Group Purchasing announced today a custom contract with E-Chart Solutions. The contract agreement, effective April 1, 2011, will give CHAMPS Group Purchasing members access to Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems, with charting, scheduling, e-prescribing, billing, lab integrations, unlimited support and a Personal Health Record for patients.

CHAMPS Group Purchasing staff negotiates and offers custom contracts, like E-Chart Solutions, to its membership. CHAMPS currently offers more than 50 custom group purchasing contracts, including suppliers such as Dairymens/Oberlin Farms Dairy; Gulf South; Alfred Nickles; Sherwin-Williams, and more.

Jan Elder, CHAMPS contracting director, said, "At a time when EHR is one of the hottest issues in healthcare, CHAMPS is pleased to announce a contract with E-Chart Solutions. This innovative contract offers our membership a full implementation option, with minimal up-front cost. In addition, E-Chart Solutions’ business model assures eligible providers the maximum possible governmental incentive monies for being EHR compliant."

Warren Vickers, E-Chart Solutions partner, said, “E-Chart Solutions is very excited to be partnering up with CHAMPS. In a market place dominated by expensive and complicated EHR solutions, we are excited to have the opportunity to work with CHAMPS to offer members an affordable and reliable EHR solution.”

About CHAMPS Group Purchasing
As healthcare group purchasing experts, CHAMPS helps the healthcare industry save money and lightens the contracting burden for purchasing managers. For nearly 19 years, CHAMPS Group Purchasing has been an affiliate of Premier, Inc., one of the largest buying groups in the country, with over $36 billion in volume and over 1,700 contracts.

With more than 4,000 clients nationwide, CHAMPS is one of Premier’s largest healthcare group purchasing affiliate programs and has been working in the healthcare arena since 1916. Choosing to partner with CHAMPS enables healthcare facilities access to Premier agreements, while benefiting from CHAMPS’ personal and expert service, aggregated contract portfolio and custom contract offerings – making utilization of the program as seamless as possible.
About E-Chart Solutions
E-Chart Solutions provides a free, web-based Electronic Health Record (EHR) system to medical professionals. With charting, scheduling, e-prescribing, billing, lab integrations, unlimited support and a Personal Health Record for patients, E-Chart Solutions EHR addresses the complex needs of today's healthcare providers and disrupts the health IT status quo.