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South Jersey Healthcare (SJH; Trenton New Jersey), an integrated healthcare system offering hospital services, ambulatory care services and home healthcare services to the residents of Southern New Jersey, has chosen Sage Intergy EHR (Tampa, Florida) electronic health records system to offer to physicians through eHealth Connection, SJH's EHR Grant Program.

"We've made a substantial investment in our hospital systems, implementing a clinical information system as well as hospital information systems. The hospital electronic medical records project is slated to begin later this year," said Tom Pacek, CIO for SJH. "Our boards and administration feel strongly that to fully realize the efficiencies of these systems, our community-based physicians must adopt appropriate systems, too. Through our eHealth Connection, we will subsidize the cost of the electronic health records system and interfaces to our hospital clinical information system and HIE."

He added, "Our goal is to develop a health information exchange, or HIE, in our region, using interaction between our hospitals, other facilities, and community physicians as the catalyst."

According to Pacek, the eHealth Connection program will subsidize 85% of Sage Intergy EHR licensing fees for physicians on the SJH medical staff. It also will subsidize the cost to implement interfaces which will allow the practices to receive and send clinical information, lab orders and reports, and more, as discrete, mineable data for quality and outcomes analysis.

"Sage Intergy EHR was chosen for the program after a lengthy, in-depth search process," said Pacek. "There were several key factors in the decision, including the integrated Sage Intergy practice management system, the Sage Practice Analytics business intelligence package for data analysis and reporting, and the company's extensive experience creating interoperability with hospital systems."

The system will be available either as an ASP system, with the hospital hosting the system, or as an onsite, client-server system.

"Since the relaxation of Stark regulations, more hospital systems are offering electronic health records to their community-based physicians," said Sharon Howard, senior VP, sales and marketing for Sage. "These visionaries, like SJH, are moving our country's healthcare agenda forward toward a more quality-focused, evidence-based system of care."

In other grants news, Protelica (Hayward, California) reported that it has received formal notification of Phase II SBIR funding by the National Science Foundation (Arlington, Virginia) for its scientific project titled "Bioinformatics knowledge-based, universal library design for a non-immunoglobulin, protein-scaffold."

The grant, effective Jan. 15, provides $500,000 for the next 24 months and will allow the company to continue developing its platform technology, and to fund preclinical studies of its early stage lead candidates for cardiovascular and cancer therapies.

The project, which started two years ago, includes a bioinformatics-based understanding of nature's evolutionary rules, and utilizes Protelica's proprietary DNA mutagenesis technologies to develop small, specific and potent protein blockers.

Protelica is a privately owned biotech company, founded by Dr. Roberto Crea in 2006.