Healthland Electronic Health Record Solution Helps Glacial Ridge Health System Become the First Minnesota Hospital to

Healthland client to receive funding under Medicare EHR Incentive Program and to be honored by REACH

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Healthland, America's market leader of healthcare information technology solutions for rural hospitals, today announced that Glacial Ridge Health System (GRHS) has achieved Stage 1 Meaningful Use. GRHS, a 19-bed critical access, trauma hospital based in Glenwood, Minn., is the first hospital in the state to achieve Meaningful Use. After a successful 90-day reporting period of its comprehensive electronic health record (EHR) capabilities, GRHS will now receive funding under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. The healthcare provider will also be honored today by the Regional Extension Center for Health Information Technology (REACH).

“Achieving Meaningful Use was extremely important for us at Glacial Ridge,” said Heidi Engle, GRHS CIO. “This achievement demonstrates our commitment to delivering safe, quality healthcare for our community. Healthland has provided us with a certified EHR solution as well as industry information we needed to complete the attestation process including: Meaningful Use web demonstrations; available experts to answer our questions; detailed information about Stage 1 requirements; and Meaningful Use reports to keep us on track during the reporting period.”

GRHS officials say they began the transition to EHR in May 2006 and have since experienced benefits in improved care and the patient experience, as well as operational efficiencies that have saved the hospital time and costs.

“GRHS has strong leadership and an impeccable staff that has made the journey toward Meaningful Use possible,” added Engle. “You must have buy-in from your staff to succeed, and a technology partner that will be there for support. Healthland helped us work with the physicians and nurse practitioners on an individual basis to learn their workflow and then built process maps and training guides specific to their practices. That attention to detail and involvement from Healthland made all the difference for us.”

“To see Glacial Ridge Health Systems reach this milestone is incredibly rewarding,” said Julie Weber-Kramer, Healthland Senior Vice President, Client Experience. “Glacial Ridge has already reported impressive benefits with the Healthland EHR solution and now, after achieving Stage 1 Meaningful Use, the hospital will receive the incentive funds they deserve. Glacial Ridge is a perfect example of a vital healthcare organization embracing the change that technology brings to deliver safe patient care. They have been a resource for many hospitals that have set similar goals, demonstrating leadership in the critical access hospital community. We are extremely proud to have played a part in GRHS’s role in providing quality healthcare to their family, friends and neighbors.”

Glacial Ridge Health System is the latest in a long list of Healthland clients to achieve Meaningful Use and receive EHR incentive funds.

About Healthland:

Healthland is America’s largest provider of fully integrated solutions to rural community and critical access hospitals, serving more than 500 clients across the country. Software and services from Healthland, including its electronic health record (EHR) solution, empower community hospitals to deliver the best possible healthcare by providing a central repository of patient information in all care settings, be it a hospital, clinic or extended care facility.

With 30 years of experience in the rural healthcare market, Healthland solutions are uniquely suited to the size and needs of rural hospitals, enabling them to focus on what they do best – care for neighbors, family and friends. Founded in Glenwood, Minn., population 2,600, Healthland is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., with regional offices in Glenwood, Minn., Louisville, Ky. and Waco, Texas. More information is available at:


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