Nashville's Healthcare Management Systems said today that two of its hospitals in Kentucky have been awarded incentive payments for using its electronic health record system. Rockcastle Regional Hospital received nearly $630,000 and Breckinridge Memorial Hospital received about $194,000 in stimulus funds made available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for hospitals that meet "meaningful use" requirements for EHR systems.
“We’re extremely pleased to see these community hospitals moving forward successfully,” said Tom Stephenson, president and chief executive officer of HMS. “They are improving healthcare delivery and are among the first to receive the incentive payments that became available this year. HMS is proud to help Breckinridge and Rockcastle achieve adoption of these tools and qualify for stimulus funding.”
HMS currently serves more than 680 community hospitals and healthcare organizations nationwide.
“Hospitals have a unique opportunity to take advantage of ARRA and the available funds to purchase and utilize software to improve patient care and safety,” said Tom Stephenson, HMS president and chief executive officer. “HMS is very pleased to offer our customers a certified product that will allow them to achieve Stage 1 meaningful use while improving the lives of their patients. We understand the challenges facing community hospitals and remain committed to delivering software that meets their needs. Our customers and staff have worked side by side to deliver a product that meets the certification requirements.”The Nashville company is among several who have achieved some level of ONC certification. For more background, click here.
"This certification is a crucial component of the CHlive product suite for our clients to meet their meaningful use requirements, Stage 1 and beyond," said CredenceHealth President and CEO Justin Lanning. "This new module in combination with the entire CredenceHealth product suite creates an even more powerful set of knowledge delivered through our real-time clinical surveillance."CredenceHealth, formed in 2007, has been rolling up customers in recent months. For background on the company, click here.
Much of the Vanderbilt money is being invested in infrastructure, including $8.6 million for “advanced genomics” technologies, and nearly $4 million for an ultra-high field NMR spectrometer to study complex protein structures. Another big chunk supports team science: nearly $8 million for Vanderbilt's coordination of a world-wide consortium that is developing cell-based therapies for diabetes and millions more to Vanderbilt and several other universities to probe the genetic “architecture” of autism.
"As the national leader in the nephrology specific EHR market, we are delighted to achieve this important milestone," said Terry Ketchersid, M.D., VP and Medical Officer for Health IT Services Group. "Acumen is able to meet the needs of every nephrologist in practice today, including those who wish to demonstrate meaningful use."
It’s actually not surprising that hospitals were slow to adopt new systems in 2009, given the horrible economic conditions, difficulty of raising money for capital investments and uncertainty over what the final government requirements would be. “I’d be shocked if we didn’t see an uptick in 2010 and an even bigger one in 2011,” Jha tells the Health Blog. “But are we going from 2% to 40%? No. We might go from 2% to 5% [in 2010] to 15% or 20% in 2011.”