Healthland Launches Meaningful Use Program at Annual Users Conference

Services designed to help drive meaningful use compliance and new financing offering unveiled during Chicago event

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Healthland, America's market leader of healthcare information technology solutions for rural hospitals, today launched its comprehensive Meaningful Use Program which consists of: information and tools to keep hospitals abreast of legislative updates; implementation services to help healthcare providers achieve meaningful use and Healthland Financing, a service to provide funding options for rural hospitals. The program, introduced during the company’s user conference in Chicago, also includes a certified electronic health records (EHR) solution on track for certification this year. This announcement comes on the heels of the company’s CEO appointment, released on Monday.

“Rural hospitals working to achieve meaningful use need more than just software,” said Angie Franks, president and CEO, Healthland. “They need a partner to help them understand, embrace and achieve meaningful use. Our community hospital clients find our guidance invaluable, so we’ve expanded upon our services and tools – beyond the software – to offer a complete meaningful use solution for our clients.”

The Healthland Meaningful Use Program includes:

  • Insight – Healthland has a cross-company Meaningful Use Task Force that stays on top of the ARRA legislation and shares information and analysis with third-party validation regarding legislative updates, meaningful use requirements and incentive payments with their clients. More information is available at www.healthland.com/stimulus.
  • Planning – Healthland has created and launched a Meaningful Use Assessment Process to help clients understand the products needed to meet the meaningful use requirements and jointly map out their plan to meet these requirements.
  • Product – Healthland is submitting its Meaningful Use EHR Solution for certification with an Office of the National Coordinator - Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) this week.
  • Guidance – Healthland has developed a number of service offerings and training options to help clients achieve meaningful use before and after implementation that provide: assessment, planning, readiness and compliance needs.
  • Financing – The newly announced Healthland Financing offering provides clients with flexible financing options for purchasing an EHR to meet meaningful use.

A 2010 Healthland client survey reports that cost remains the largest obstacle to an EHR implementation for community hospitals which, according to Franks, is why the organization developed the Healthland Financing service. “Rural hospitals still face significant financial challenges such as: reductions in patient visits, the average patient’s ability to pay for healthcare services, and limited access to capital as a result of economic conditions,” added Franks. “In the midst of all this, the government has required hospitals to purchase and adopt healthcare information technology. Healthland will help rural community hospitals address these challenges by providing convenient access to capital. Our Healthland Financing offering allows us to provide flexible financing options designed to meet our clients’ specific financial needs.”

Many Healthland clients are already experiencing impressive results and are confident they will meet upcoming meaningful use requirements. “As far as a critical access hospital goes, our reimbursement rate is going to increase if we meet the meaningful use guidelines,” said Michael Parsons, Randolph Medical Center CEO, in a recent interview. “Healthland has definitely helped us move ahead of the curve as far as implementation goes. We are very comfortable we will meet meaningful use guidelines.”

The Connect 10 event, held at the Chicago Marriot Downtown Magnificent Mile Hotel, ends today. More information on the Healthland Meaningful Use Program is available at www.healthland.com.

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 nearly 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 also has offices in Minneapolis, Minn., Louisville, Ky. and Waco, Texas. More information is available at: http://www.healthland.com.



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