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Essia Health Founder and Chief Medical Officer Kathleen Myers, MD, Named EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ 2014 Award Finalist in Pacific Northwest

Essia Health today announced that founder and chief medical officer, Kathleen Myers, MD, is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award in the Pacific Northwest.

The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Dr. Myers was selected as one of 23 finalists from 21 companies in the Pacific Northwest by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event June 20 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, Washington.

“Dr. Myers’ commitment to expanding our position in the medical scribe industry to create a successful EMR optimization business has been a crucial success factor that differentiates Essia Health from our competitors,” said Matthew Kirchner, president and chief executive officer, Essia Health. “From the start, Dr. Myers’ focus on clinical excellence and exceptional customer service provided the foundation to expand the business into challenging new markets to rapidly accelerate company growth. Being named a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is a testament to her foresight that has led Essia Health where we are today – a leader in shaping how the adoption of new and rapidly changing information technologies can optimize the provider and patient experience.”

Essia Health (formerly Scribes STAT) was founded in 2011 by Dr. Myers, an emergency department physician who realized at-the-elbow support could dramatically transform the adoption of electronic medical record (EMR) technologies to improve physician productivity as well as patient satisfaction. In addition to providing specially trained medical scribes to healthcare organizations throughout the U.S., the company specializes in EMR implementation services and has successfully completed more than 100 EMR go-lives with major hospital networks and specialty clinics.

“When I was first using an EMR, I realized that I didn’t want to be the doctor who had my back to the patient while I was typing into my computer, and I was sure other doctors felt likewise,” Dr. Myers said. “I started the medical scribe program in my ER physician group as a way to integrate EMRs while re-humanizing the healthcare experience. When hospitals and specialty clinics started making significant investments in information technology to meet the Affordable Care Act’s EMR adoption deadlines, I realized that the model I started to solve our needs internally had significant potential in the marketplace. I’m proud of the entire team at Essia Health because I believe that being named as an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year finalist recognizes our combined efforts to improve the business and practice of medicine at the point of care.”

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs. Now in its 28th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, Nov. 15, 2014. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored in the U.S. by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America. In the Pacific Northwest, regional sponsors include Merrill Corporation, Perkins Coie LLC, Scherzer International, The Big Picture Video Film & Arts, Puget Sound Business Journal and Union Bank.

About Essia Health

Essia Health ensures clinical teams harness the full power of EMR technologies, enabling them to deliver the highest quality care and documentation while achieving appropriate reimbursement and operational efficiency. Essia Health is the premier provider of EMR implementation services and specially trained medical scribes.

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