DETROIT, May 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit Medical Center, one of the nation's most wired hospitals, announced today that it is among one of the first in the region to apply for government incentive funding for meaningful use of its electronic health record (EHR). The incentives were made available through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 for the meaningful use of EHRs. DMC achieved Stage 1 of meaningful use through the use of Cerner® solutions.
"This represents an important milestone for the Detroit Medical Center," said Leland Babitch, MD, CMIO at the DMC. "Not only have we implemented an EHR system that is improving patient safety and hospital efficiency, but is also being widely and effectively used by doctors, nurses, and other caregivers throughout our organization."
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) have created an extensive set of criteria that eligible hospitals and physicians must achieve in order to receive the funding. Stage 1 of the requirements include:
- Improve the quality, safety and efficiency of care while reducing disparities
- Engage patients and families in their care
- Promote public and population health
- Improve care coordination
- Promote the privacy and security of electronic health records
DMC estimates that it could be eligible for more than $40 million in government incentive funding by achieving all three stages of meaningful use, and is already working on stage 2 requirements.
"We will continue to invest in our electronic health record program," said Dr. Babitch. "We've already seen the return on our investments in technology, specifically in how we've been able to raise the quality and safety of the care that we provide."
About Detroit Medical Center
The Detroit Medical Center operates nine hospitals and institutes, including Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Receiving Hospital, Harper University Hospital, Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, Hutzel Women's Hospital, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Sinai-Grace Hospital, DMC Surgery Hospital, and DMC Cardiovascular Institute.
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