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Cerner Corporation is proud to announce that two of our critical access hospitals have recently achieved Stage 6 on the HIMSS AnalyticsTM Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model. This designation means that they are among the most automated hospitals in the country and proves that hospitals of all sizes in all locations can be technology leaders.
In December, Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton, Mo., became just the fourth critical access hospital in the U.S. to reach Stage 6. Carroll County used the Cerner CommunityWorks delivery model to implement over 15 Cerner Millennium solutions, automating all areas of the hospital and clinical functions of their ambulatory clinics. CFO and Associate Administrator Jeff Tindle served as an executive sponsor on the project and is vocal about the importance of technology adoption.
He said, “The fact that Carroll County Memorial Hospital has achieved HIMSS stage 6 in the first year of eligibility says a lot about our hospital staff and our partner, Cerner. Our hospital and our community should be proud of this achievement. It’s great to be able to show that a critical access hospital can be successful with a large HIT project. And it’s not just about buying and implementing the system; we’ve got to use it. Our physicians really understand that the closed-loop medication process is helping them serve our patients better.”
Carroll County was recognized for their achievement at the HIMSS11 Day of Excellence at the organization’s annual conference in February.
Earlier this month, Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton, Ohio, also became a Stage 6 hospital. Magruder utilized Cerner’s MethodM implementation service, which leverages best practices for installing the Cerner Millennium system, automating all areas of their hospital in less than a year.
Chuck Dellick, IT director at Magruder, said, “This honor confirms the hard work and dedication of every employee at our organization and shows Magruder Hospital’s commitment to bringing the safest and best care to our patients. Cerner was integral in helping a hospital our size achieve this measure of success in a short period of time. The advanced technology that Cerner brings to Magruder Hospital will allow us to maintain our mission of providing state-of-the art care as we celebrate our Stage 6 achievement and look toward Meaningful Use Stage 1.”
“Carroll County and Magruder are excellent examples for small hospitals everywhere. Their efforts show that communities of all sizes can reap the patient care benefits of health information technology. We are excited to represent nearly half of all the Stage 6 critical access hospitals. This is an important milestone because adoption of HIT will be crucial in meeting Meaningful Use,” said Eric Geis, managing director at Cerner.
To learn more, please visit the Cerner booth at NRHA's Annual Rural Health Conference, or visit www.cerner.com.