Tennessee hospital adopts electronic medical record system

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Officials from Tennessee’s Sharkey Issaquena Community Hospital recently announced that they have begun using electronic medical records (EMRs) with Custom Software Systems health informatics technology. By adopting the EMR system, the hospital has met federal meaningful use guidelines and will therefore qualify for stimulus funds.

Jerry Keever, a hospital administrator, said that there will be many unknown factors to consider as more facilities adopt EMR systems in order to receive funding. However, he chose Custom Software Systems because the medical center has used the company for document management for over 10 years.

Hospital staff members believe that the EMR system will make the facility run more efficiently, citing that the health informatics tool can save up to 20 minutes every day for each nurse in documentation time. Faculty also said that the product is easy to use and has an intuitive design.

The results of a recent study by Surescripts show that more healthcare facilities, such as Sharkey Issaquena, are deciding to use EMRs. At the end of 2010, about 79 percent of prescribers said they used the system, marking a 9 percent increase from 2009.