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December 14, 2010
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Next month kicks off Long-Term Living’s 60th anniversary! To celebrate our “legacy of leadership,” we've planned a year's worth of special editorial and commemorative projects for our 50,000 subscribers, all presented in a fresh, brand new print package to be unveiled with the January issue.

In anticipation of this year-long celebration, we've invited our advertising partners to participate in this Corporate Profiles section-a dedicated forum in which they can share their history, mission, and products and services with the long-term care community. We value their support over the past 60 years, and invite you to get to know them a little better in the pages that follow. We look forward to many more years of collaboration in the service of industry education, dialogue, and community.


Patricia Sheehan


American Data

Company History

American Data was founded in 1984 by a Wisconsin nursing home administrator, who realized that there was a better way to document patient care than the paper systems in place at that time. The company has grown over the years without commissioned salespeople, venture capitalists, or investment bankers, and has shown double-digit annual growth for the past two decades.

But the best way to demonstrate the history of the company is to consider that it was the “First” in releasing many capabilities, including: relational databases (1984); ALL departments in LTC computerized (1984); EMR documentation tied to the MDS (1990); mouse-driven DOS-based system (1992); auto-best reference date for an MDS/EMR (1998); CNA picture charting in an EMR (1999); wireless charting (2000); campus-wide coverage (2000); clinically based AR/Billing(2001); seamless pharmacy communication (2002); alerts and alarms (2002); biometric authentication (2002); patient scheduling (2005); true pharmacy formulary (2008); and user-controlled push button access (2010).

Stock in the company is being gifted from the founder to the employees so that their unique work will continue to benefit the next generation of clients and the people served by those clients.

Mission, Philosophy, Goals

American Data's mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of the people who live and work in a long-term care facility setting. The company achieves this by producing the best software product to reduce the amount of time staff spends completing documentation, which enables them to spend more time with residents, and providing the best 24/7 customer support possible.

Products and Services

American Data provides EMR/EHR and financial solutions to long-term care providers. Believing the user should be able to adjust the system to bend to individual facility needs and ever-changing times, the system was created with extreme flexibility as well as consistency.

These are just a few of the capabilities American Data offers:

  • Easy Access

  • Physician Orders

  • e-MAR, e-TAR

  • CNA Picture Charting


  • Other Departments

  • MDS 3.0

  • Reports

  • Accounts Payable

  • Time Clock

  • Marketing

  • E-mail/Alarms

  • Pharmacy Formulary

  • Nurse Charting

  • Patient Scheduling

  • Therapy

  • Best Reference

  • Care Plans

  • Accounts Receivable

  • General Ledger

  • Human Resources


Name: American Data

Location: Sauk City, Wisconsin

Contact: John Ederer, April Burlage

Phone: (800) 464-9942

Year Established: 1984

Public/Private: Private

Products: EMR/EHR/AR/Billing

Contributions to the Field

The best recognition a company can receive is from its clients. Here are a few:

Thanks, Thanks, Thanks for Easy ACCESS! We are having so much fun/success streamlining the computer work for different user groups. I have customized Easy Access screens for several groups, and today for the State Surveyor, who said he loved it! It was always extra work for staff to go to shared file folders, email, a separate system for in-house paging, etc. All were connected to their personal screens.

The world is only a button word away!

-Linda Chew, ECS System Supervisor

Grandvue Medical Care Facility

I am happy to report that we just finished our annual ODH survey and were found Deficiency Free!! The surveyors found ECS user friendly and were impressed that they could easily navigate through our electronic charts including therapy, social services, and separate nurse charting as well as the physicians orders, diagnosis, and electronic MAR. They said it made their job easier and they were able to leave earlier than anticipated.

Thank You American Data!!


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