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December 01, 2011

ACS Acquires The Breakaway Group to Increase Physician Use of Electronic Medical Records

To provide back-office for healthcare professionals with adaptation of Electronic Medical Records, ACS, a Xerox Company, has acquired The Breakaway Group, adding a new cloud-based service.

According to a press release, with this acquisition, ACS adds to its list of services that help healthcare providers get the most out of meaningful use funding and prepare for upcoming changes for ICD-10 compliance.  ACS can now select, deploy, integrate, and support EMR technology while educating and ensuring healthcare professionals to use the EMR system for clinical benefit. Providers that use PromisePoint boost EMR adoption rates up to 70 percent faster than the industry standard.

“Our mission to make it easier for healthcare professionals to adopt new software and workflows is powered by the very real issues of improving safety and decreasing costs in healthcare. ACS is a strong supporter of this and their global resources allow us to reach well beyond our original vision and make a bigger difference,” said Charles Fred, CEO of The Breakaway Group.

Breakaway's management team and employees will work with the company as usual, with Fred serving as managing director. The Breakaway Group will continue to facilitate its advisory board to drive research and solve problems with the support of the top 100 healthcare leaders in the U.S.

The Breakaway Group offers the solution as a service to accommodate regulation and technology changes, as well as staffing changes or the addition of new departments.

“Many healthcare providers have made the leap to new technology, but they aren't yet reaping the benefits that come from capturing patient data in the most accurate and meaningful way,” said Chad Harris, group president of Healthcare Provider Solutions for ACS. “The Breakaway Group didn't just design a training program to help – they have a think tank doing research to stay up to date with new rules, upgrades and new challenges, like ICD-10 compliance.”

In other news, ACS will build a criminal justice information sharing system for the state of Connecticut designed to improve public safety and drive down costs. Police, judges and others will be able to electronically access and exchange criminal and court records using a centralized statewide system.

It will be one of the most advanced tools of its kind in the country, making data available from hundreds of sources in the state to thousands of authorized users.

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Edited by Jennifer Russell