Jefferson County Hospital Looks to Custom Software Systems for Automation Upgrade

Hospital chooses enterprise-wide solutions including ChartSmart emr®

NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Jefferson County Hospital has selected the solutions of Custom Software Systems, including document management, lab modules and ChartSmart Electronic Medical Records, as the Fayette, Mississippi facility launches an ambitious automation upgrade promising a swift return on investment while providing significant improvements to the hospital's quality of care.

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"With the clock ticking on the stimulus, we knew this was the time to make the change, and Custom Software was the company we wanted to help us make it," said Jefferson County Hospital Administrator Jerry Kennedy in his announcement.  

The hospital has been using Custom Software's core financial solutions for nearly two decades, part of a fiscal management style that has yielded a strong financial position for the rural Southwest Mississippi facility. The hospital is also embarking on a major physical expansion; both endeavors will be paid for by cash reserves, with much of the technology investment to be returned quickly since ChartSmart has been certified as 2011/2012 compliant by Drummond Group, an ONC-ATCB, and will thus allow the hospital to meet meaningful use guidelines to qualify for federal stimulus funds.*

According to Kennedy, the hospital was also prompted to make the upgrade by ChartSmart's range of features and ease of use.  "Our nurses and staff liked what we saw in this EMR, and we really appreciated everything that ChartSmart could do for us."

ChartSmart was created by front-line caregivers — nurses and nurse-programmers — for real-world ease and effectiveness.  "ChartSmart conforms to the way clinicians work, not the other way around," said Custom Software President DeWitt Rhaly.  "The intuitiveness is built in, so that busy staffers have fast access to all the information they need."  For facilities using ChartSmart, that quick access has translated into greater accuracy, as well as a savings of up to 20 minutes per day per nurse in documentation time.

"We're pleased to be able to offer an innovative product like ChartSmart," Rhaly said. "Which will help our clients reap all the benefits of this exciting new era of automation."  

About Custom Software:

Custom Software Systems, the Nashville-based provider of IT solutions for the health care industry for more than 25 years, offers a complete range of solutions, including financials; laboratory and clinical management; electronic medical records (EMR); document management; and a browser-based digital image viewer (PACS).  For more information, go to

About Drummond Group

Drummond Group Inc., the trusted software test lab, provides effective and efficient electronic health record (EHR) testing to healthcare information technology vendors and hospitals. As an Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB), Drummond Group works closely with healthcare software vendors and hospitals to certify EHRs that are looking to qualify for incentive funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  Drummond Group is approved to certify both complete and modular EHR for both ambulatory and inpatient.  For more information, go to

* On March 31, 2011, ChartSmart was given Complete Inpatient EHR certification that is 2011/2012 compliant by Drummond Group, an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. ChartSmart's certification number is 03312011-1035-6. ONC-ATCB certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.  Clinical Quality Measures Certified include NQF0371, NQF0372, NQF0373, NQF0374, NQF0375, NQF0376, NQF0435, NQF0436, NQF0437, NQF0438, NQF0439, NQF0440, NQF0441, NQF0495, NQF0497.  MIRTH, Connect and MS Excel were relied upon for certification.

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