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Release Date: 8/18/2014

St. Anthony's among national leaders advancing use of electronic health records

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has certified St. Anthony’s as one of the first 78 hospitals out of 4,993 in the United States (top 2 percent) to attest to Stage 2 of meaningful use of electronic health records (EHR). The current federal fiscal year 2014 is the first year health care providers are eligible to apply for Stage 2 certification. St. Anthony’s is one of the few hospitals in the country to achieve this status using the Epic System, which is a leader among EHR providers.

Achieving Stage 2 meaningful use required a significant investment of time, effort and money  to reach 19 core objectives, which include processes such as automatically tracking medications electronically from order to administration; giving patients the ability to view online, download and transmit their health information within 36 hours after discharge from the hospital; recording electronic notes in patient records; making imaging results accessible through Certified Electronic Health Records Technology (CEHRT); and recording patient family health history.

“Being one of the first hospitals in the country to achieve this level of use of electronic health records is a reflection of St. Anthony’s commitment to our patients and our work as a team,” said Jim Weldon, Chief Information Officer. “We believe setting the pace for use of EHR will improve the quality of care we are able to provide our community.

“Our leadership showed its commitment to this important advancement by bringing in the right people to do the job and giving them the resources they needed to reach this goal,” said Weldon. “Given that support and their own hard work and dedication, our team members showed they are the clinical and IT leaders we believed them to be.”

St. Anthony’s also has achieved stage 6 out of 7 levels of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMMS) Analytics EHR Adoption Model. Stage 6 and stage 7 recognition accounts for only 15 percent of U.S. hospitals.

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