Sharkey Issaquena Community Hospital Implements ChartSmart emr®

Hospital looks to trusted IT partner, Custom Software Systems, for innovative EMR product.

NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Relying on a proven partnership, Sharkey Issaquena Community Hospital has selected Custom Software Systems ChartSmart® Electronic Medical Records as the Rolling Fork, Mississippi facility moves swiftly toward improved clinical care which will also allow the hospital to meet meaningful use guidelines in order to qualify for federal stimulus funds.

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Serving Sharkey and Issaquena Counties in the Mississippi Delta, the hospital has been using Custom Software core financials and document management for over a decade, and the quality of those products, as well as the working relationship the hospital has enjoyed with Custom Software were key factors in the hospital's decision, according to Sharkey Issaquena Administrator Jerry Keever.

"As facilities race toward adoption of electronic medical records in the wake of ARRA, we all face unknowns," Keever said.  "It made sense for us to reduce those unknowns as much as possible.  ChartSmart has been certified as 2011/2012 compliant by Drummond Group, an ONC-ATCB, for meeting meaningful used guidelines.*  However, our time-tested partnership with Custom Software was equally important, offering us the confidence that no other company could provide."

ChartSmart was also given high marks by the hospital's staff, according to the IT Director Kim Loreto, who pointed to the ease of use and intuitive design of ChartSmart as particularly impressive.  "Our nursing administrators are very positive about ChartSmart."

ChartSmart has been 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 features they need."  In facilities using ChartSmart, that quick access has translated a savings of up to 20 minutes per day per nurse in documentation time.

The hospital's choice of ChartSmart is "a vote of confidence that makes us proud here at Custom Software," Rhaly said.  "We value our relationship with Sharkey Issaquena Community Hospital, and we're very pleased to be able to offer them the most innovative EMR product on the market today."

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.

Contact: Terri Dunham, (615) 467-6530

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