Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle announced Friday that Ministry Health Care will begin using an electronic health record (EHR) software suite developed by Marshfield Clinic -- CattailsMD -- for the majority of its hospitals and Ministry Medical Group, creating the largest patient database in Wisconsin.

"This is an important step forward in our efforts to reduce medical errors, increase patient safety and decrease health care costs," Doyle said. "With better use of information technology, we can transform our health care system to improve the safety and quality of health care."

"We are confident this significant IT investment will meet the health care needs of the patients we serve in Northern and Central Wisconsin," said Nick Desien, president and CEO of Ministry Health Care.

"I am gratified that the longstanding relationship between Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care has been further strengthened by this agreement to extend our CattailsMD system to Ministry facilities, which will also greatly benefit our shared patients in the region," said Karl Ulrich M.D., M.M.M., president and CEO, Marshfield Clinic.


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