Marshfield Clinic to offer new IT division

Marshfield Clinic today announced it will form Marshfield Clinic Information Services (MCIS), a new company that will build on nearly five decades of health information technology expertise.

As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marshfield Clinic, MCIS will be well-positioned to increase the value of information technology for its customers in an ever-changing and complex health care industry, the clinic said.

Ultimately, MCIS will expand on its years of experience to offer health care providers and patients products for managing health information and patient data.

The clinic’s more than 350 Information Systems (IS) Department employees will join MCIS. Ken Letkeman, chief information officer for the clinic’s IS department, will guide the process. The anticipated changes will be effective Oct. 1.

“The pace of change in health care is astonishing,” Letkeman said. “By becoming an independent company, it will allow our technology teams to respond quickly to those changes, and to offer timely, cost-effective solutions to health care companies in an innovative fashion.” 

The Cattails Software Suite, Marshfield Clinic’s homegrown electronic health record, was developed in conjunction with clinic providers and the Information Systems Department. The Cattails Software Suite played a significant role in the clinic’s success in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Physician Group Practice project. Marshfield Clinic improved patient care while lowering health care costs during the five-year project – saving the Medicare program more than $118 million.

“We want to improve patient care and experience by developing and offering innovative technologies to patients and their health care providers.” Letkeman said.

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