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Meaningful Use and Teamwork September 16, 2011

Posted by Darla in Adventures.
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We pushed the “SEND” button on our Meaningful Use attestation this morning, September 16, 2011. This is a historical event – we are the first hospital in Idaho to so attest.

The reports and documents will go to Medicare, who will then determine if we are using the EHR in a meaningful (according to them) manner. See the PDF of our Dashboard, produced out of Cerner.

The effort to reach this milestone has proven exceedingly meaningful for us. Our patient care provision, workflows and development of consistent data entry processes attests to that fact. And the data we retrieve from the system is valuable in improving patient outcomes and safety, and may help us in developing new service lines.

On another note: A group of top notch folks from Cerner visited their Idaho clients this week – North Canyon Medical Center in Gooding, and Syringa Hospital & Clinics.

We focused most of our day long meeting on the frustrating and outstanding issues in the Pro-Fit module – billing, claims, charges – mentioned in the last post. Cerner’s team listened attentively and solved several of the workflow puzzles for us. They took notes on areas to investigate from their programming and engineering perspectives. Viv, our Patient Financial Services Manager, and her staff were encouraged by the visit, and look forward to working with Cerner’s team to help improve the product.

This was a win-win meeting. Cerner has the resources needed to make their outstanding EHR system exceptional. This meeting provided them with input on how to do just that from their clients’ perspective.

The win for us: a reminder that Cerner is a terrific partner for Syringa in our endeavor to improve quality, safety, service, and value for all our patients.

And another FIRST to report for Syringa: We are the first and ONLY hospital in Idaho to reach HIMSS Level 6 (out of 7). We received our letter from HIMSS Analytics in July, and at that time, we were one of 229 hospitals in the world to share this achievement. Here is an article Joe, our CEO, wrote about the award and what it means to our patients.

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