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Ashe Memorial Hospital Successfully Demonstrates Stage 1 Meaningful Use, Qualifies for Federal ARRA Stimulus Payment

North Carolina hospital surpasses initial threshold for healthcare IT adoption using SaaS-based PatientKeeper CPOE solution

WALTHAM, Mass. – Feb. 9, 2012 – PatientKeeper customer Ashe Memorial Hospital in Jefferson, North Carolina, has successfully demonstrated Stage 1 “Meaningful Use” of healthcare information technology (IT) to qualify for federal incentive payments offered under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

Ashe Memorial, which attested in September 2011 under the first year of the program, was among the first 12 percent of U.S. hospitals to attest to Stage 1 Meaningful Use. Additionally, Ashe Memorial was among the first six percent of Critical Access Hospitals nationally to attest.

The ARRA payment is predicated on Ashe Memorial’s use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology, including PatientKeeper’s computerized physician order entry (CPOE), as prescribed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Ashe Memorial is one of more than 70 hospitals that have selected PatientKeeper CPOE™ to improve patient care and comply with Meaningful Use criteria. Physicians and hospitals are embracing PatientKeeper CPOE because of the unique approach and design of the software, which overlays the existing hospital infrastructure and saves physicians time versus paper-based orders – making the system a win for physicians, hospitals and all key stakeholders. 

Ashe Memorial went live with PatientKeeper’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) CPOE solution in February 2011, and began its 90-day Stage 1 attestation period in June. At attestation, the hospital’s adoption rate far surpassed the 30 percent threshold specified in the Stage 1 criteria for use of CPOE. Currently, Ashe Memorial’s CPOE adoption is well over 60 percent and would be sufficient to meet the anticipated Stage 2 criteria.

“PatientKeeper CPOE is the cornerstone of our Meaningful Use effort,” said R.D. Williams, CEO of Ashe Memorial. “It was critical for Ashe to have the ARRA incentives assist with payment for implementation of an electronic health record at our hospital. We are very pleased that, by leveraging PatientKeeper’s unique approach to CPOE and medication reconciliation, we have attained this milestone in 2011, as it maximizes our financial opportunity and contributes to our broader goals of advancing patient safety and the overall quality of care.”

According to Sara Houser, MSN, Ashe Memorial’s chief nursing officer, who heads up the hospital’s CPOE initiative, many factors contributed to the rapid achievement of Stage 1 Meaningful Use. “We had a strong implementation team consisting of internal and PatientKeeper staffers,” Houser said, “and PatientKeeper’s SaaS delivery model streamlined the implementation and operation of our system.  Most importantly, the initiative supports our culture of patient-centered care, so the project was always treated as mission-critical, not peripheral.”

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