December 18, 2008

SCMH Goes Live with Healthland’s Electronic Medical Records System

On December 9th Healthland, America’s largest provider of healthcare information solutions to the small community and critical access hospital market, announced that Scotland County Memorial Hospital, a critical access hospital in rural northeast Missouri, will go live with Healthland’s Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system.

Focusing on rural hospitals, Healthland takes a centralized approach to patient data. Healthland’s solutions provide one patient chart for the entire community, which means data from a hospital visit, clinic appointment, long-term care stay or home health call are all stored electronically with the information available to attending clinicians in real time, regardless of their location. The outcome of these integrated applications is increased operational efficiencies, improved departmental and organizational communication, and reduced cost by more effectively managing patient records and optimizing reimbursement while ensuring regulatory compliance.

“Converting to electronic medical records is an important step to providing our patients with the highest level of quality care,” said Marcia Dial, CEO of SCMH. “We are extremely proud to be ahead of the curve on industry compliance, particularly when compared to many other larger hospitals in the area. By taking an integrated and comprehensive approach to this project, we have already experienced impressive benefits. Most importantly, the EMR system provides the tools needed for our backend processes, enabling us to focus on patient safety and care.”

Scotland County Hospital is a 25-bed hospital located in Memphis, MO, serving a population of 25,000 in the northeastern portion of the state. The organization’s move toward EMR is responsible, in part, by Chief of Staff Dr. Bill Dixon’s technological vision and IT Director Ken McMinn’s management.

“We wanted to bring the full application of technology to bear,” said Dr. Dixon. “Our partners at Healthland have already provided a substantial move toward quality patient care, creating new efficiencies.”

The hospital is currently implementing the entire suite of Healthland’s EMR software applications including: Order Communications, Laboratory, Radiology, Pharmacy, Clinical Documentation, Physician Access, Transcription and Physician Practice Documentation, and Physician Practice Management for clinical operations.

A long-time technology partner of Healthland, Scotland County Memorial Hospital selected the IT provider’s EMR system because of its commitment to small community hospitals.

“Few IT providers understand the unique challenges facing rural hospitals today,” said Dial. “Healthland has been with us for over ten years and they truly understand our core vision of quality patient care in our role as a small community critical access facility.”

The Healthland system’s instant access to aggregated patient data will also help Scotland County Hospital improve patient care by eliminating illegible hand-written notes, which can reduce the risk of medical errors. In addition, Healthland’s EMR tools offer safety features including special alerts to patient allergies and increased checkpoints prior to the administration of all medication.

“We are very pleased to be a part of Scotland County Hospital’s efforts to improve patient healthcare,” said James Burgess, president and CEO of Healthland. “For over 30 years we have been a champion for small rural hospitals and we consider Scotland County Hospital part of that legacy.”

Founded in 1980, Healthland (formerly Dairyland Healthcare Solutions) is America’s largest provider of IT solutions to the small community and critical access hospital market. Founded in Glenwood, MN, population 2,600, the company employs 250 people, many of whom live in the small towns where their community hospital partners operate. Healthland also maintains business hubs in Louisville, KY. and Waco, TX.

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