MOBILE, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Computer Programs and Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CPSI), a leading provider of healthcare information solutions, and Henry County Health Center (HCHC), a 25-bed hospital located in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, are pleased to announce that the hospital, which utilizes the CPSI EMR system, is the first critical access hospital (CAH) to receive a Medicare electronic health record (EHR) adoption incentive payment under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The facility received a payment on August 29, 2011, of over $900,000 in stimulus funds made available under the Act, which promotes adoption of EHRs by hospitals and providers. In order to qualify for funds under the program, CAHs must first submit an attestation to being users of an EMR system certified to support the Stage 1 “Meaningful Use” objectives required under the ARRA and then provide reporting over a 90-day period that confirms the utilization of their EMR system is within the parameters required. The CPSI EMR System, Version 17, was certified as a Complete EHR by CCHIT, an ONC Authorized Testing and Certification Body, in November of 2010.
Henry County Health Center is pleased with the extensive support CPSI has provided throughout their efforts in meeting Stage One Meaningful Use objectives and during the application process, resulting in the payment of stimulus funds.
“To receive these funds is an accomplishment made possible through the commitment and dedication of our medical staff and associates as well as the positive working relationship that we have always enjoyed with CPSI,” commented Robb Gardner, Chief Executive Officer of Henry County Health Center. “Our continual pursuit of excellence and our advancements in information technology are ultimately for the benefit of our patients – to give patients the healthcare experience that they expect and deserve through high quality care and improved patient safety delivered in the most competent manner.” Gardner went on to say, “Our progress in information technology allows us to work toward our mission to enhance the health of individuals and our communities through high quality, effective and efficient services.”
Stephen Stewart, Chief Information Officer of Henry County Health Center, added, “When we started this journey back in 2004 with our then new partner CPSI, I do not think any of us believed we would end up getting money from CMS for what we were doing. HCHC chose CPSI and moved in the direction we did because, from the start, we were adamantly committed to the fact that our efforts would enhance patient outcomes, safety and satisfaction. It did all that and more. The journey has no end, but we could not have come nearly this far without our committed medical staff and clinicians. This has been truly a collective effort of every associate at HCHC, and I am very proud of each and every one of them. Information technology just enabled this journey, people made it work.”
“We are very pleased that Henry County Health Center is the first critical access hospital to receive a Medicare incentive payment for meeting the EHR meaningful use and adoption requirements, and we want to offer them our congratulations on this achievement,” said Boyd Douglas, President and Chief Executive Officer of CPSI. “It is rewarding to see that the time, effort and commitment put in by both organizations have generated positive results. We are confident that Henry County Health Center is just the first of many of our CAH clients that will achieve Meaningful Use objectives and qualify for stimulus funding.”
About Computer Programs and Systems, Inc.
CPSI is a leading provider of healthcare information solutions for community hospitals with over 650 client hospitals in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Founded in 1979, the Company is a single-source vendor providing comprehensive software and hardware products, complemented by complete installation services and extensive support. Its fully integrated, enterprise-wide system automates clinical and financial data management in each of the primary functional areas of a hospital. CPSI’s staff of over 1,000 technical, healthcare, medical and business professionals provides system implementation and continuing support services as part of a comprehensive program designed to respond to clients’ information needs in a constantly changing healthcare environment. For more information, visit www.cpsinet.com.
Computer Programs and Systems, Inc.
Boyd Douglas, 251-639-8100
President and Chief Executive Officer
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