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ACH Achieves Meaningful Use

Posted on: 06/14/2012

Auburn, NY —Auburn Community Hospital (ACH) has joined the ranks of a select group. The 99-bed Acute Care Hospital has received $1.7 million in federal stimulus funds for its investments in technology designed to improve patient safety and increase efficiency. It is among the first 10 percent of hospitals in the United States to receive these federal stimulus funds. The funds are through of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) that provides incentives to hospitals and healthcare providers that become meaningful users of certified electronic health records (EHR).

To qualify for the stimulus funds, ACH had to not only implement the certified EHR but also demonstrate its use in accordance with the ‘meaningful use’ standards. The standards include a core set of 14 and a menu set of 10 patient safety initiatives that revolve around using an electronic health record to chart providers’ orders, capture patient information such as vital signs and demographics, and demonstrate certain capabilities for providing information to patients electronically and across care settings.

A major milestone in the development of the electronic health record at ACH was achieved in 2011 with the implementation of Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE), in which doctors enter patient orders on computers rather than on paper. The system inherently provides alerts notifying caregivers of any potential medication and allergy interactions. 

“We have dedicated hospital and clinical staff that have labored tirelessly throughout each phase of this implementation. They understand that these systems improve patient outcomes and that has been their motivation,” said Christopher Ryan, Chief Information Officer at ACH.

The hospital has already begun working on the improvements required for the next stage of stimulus.

"Our investment in health information technology demonstrates our continued commitment to enhancing efficiency, reducing costs and advancing quality patient care for our community," said Scott Berlucchi, President and CEO of ACH.

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