Santa Barbara-based Cottage Health System has launched an initiative to connect local physicians. Cottage Health will use software from Eclipsys, including an ambulatory EHR and health information exchange technology, to support the effort. Cottage will subsidize the purchase, maintenance and support of the vendor’s PeakPractice EMR for medical staff members of the health care system. Because of the vendor-neutral technology of Eclipsys HealthXchange, physicians interested in participating in the eHealth Partnership may also keep their “heritage” EHR system. In addition, all physician practices that participate in the eHealth Partnership will be connected to Eclipsys HealthXchange for no additional integration costs. “This new ability to communicate and exchange data with our community providers will assist us in our mission to provide superior health care,” said Alberto Kywi, CIO at Cottage Health System. For more information, visit www.cottagehealthsystem.org.

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