Copley Hospital first hospital in Vermont to reach EHR milestone

first_imgCopley Health Systems recently completed attestation to the federal government that Copley Hospital has met ‘meaningful use’ criteria for the Phase One implementation and use of its electronic health record (EHR) and is eligible for Medicare EHR incentive payments. Copley completed attestation on June 27, 2011; the first hospital in Vermont to do so.  The attestation demonstrates to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that Copley Hospital has met requirements for EHR Medicare incentives under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. ‘Our focus has been to improve the quality of patient care and patient safety in addition to improving the exchange of information among healthcare providers and patients through our EHR,’ said Mel Patashnick, President of Copley Health Systems. ‘Our being at the forefront of implementing this vital technology is indicative of our commitment to providing outstanding patient care.’  Copley is using CPSI as its EHR platform. A number of employees, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other clinical staff, were involved with process preparation, the selection and installation of the appropriate software and training for implementation to meet ‘meaningful use’ guidelines.  Copley has also worked closely with Vermont Information Technology Leaders to build a bi-directional health record interface, enabling transmissions to and from the Vermont Health Information Exchange (VHIE).  Copley’s EHR Phase One implementation was funded in part by a grant from the Lucy D. Nisbet Charitable Fund. Copley Hospital is the non-profit community hospital serving the greater Lamoille Valley area of north-central Vermont. This rural hospital is a vital resource for the wellness and health of the community in addition to being one of the largest employers in the areas. Copley provides 24/7 emergency services, women’s and children’s health services, access to more than 50 specialists including a full-time cardiologist, urologist and a state-of-the-art orthopedics program on its campus in Morrisville, Vermont. Copley provided more than $800,000 in direct charitable care last year and has provided $5.5 million in community benefits for the surrounding area.last_img

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