That’sMMMM Good! During HIMSS 12 in Las Vegas, Midland Memorial Hospital announced that it has met the requirements for Stage One Meaningful Use. Midland uses EHR Doctors Medibridge.net for exchange of clinical information, and has received an initial ARRA Meaningful Use incentive payment for EHR adoption from the federal government. Midland Memorial, a public hospital district in West Texas with 2 facilities, reported the hospital has received initial payments of $2.3 million from Medicare and $1 million from Medicaid.
EHR Doctors implemented Medibridge HIE at Midland Memorial during the course of its contract with the Social Security Administration, which was to build an HIE at Midland for purposes of querying Midlands Open VistA medical record system for documentation in disability cases. Midland has the technology to do any standards based HIE Exchange. The first thing we accomplished at Midland was generating a complete Continuity of Care Document up to SSA’s standards, which exceeded Meaningful Use. The Medibridge.net system in place at Midland is a prototype system for Meaningful Use Stage 2, which Midland has its eye on now.
Since implementing electronic medical records Midland reports that it has significantly improved the quality of patient care. It has also been nationally recognized multiple times as one of the nation’s most wired hospitals in the United States. That connectivity has resulted in better care, and Midland was recognized by Thomson Reuters as one of best hospitals for care in 2008.
Midland Memorial has always been on the cutting edge of Health IT. It was the first hospital outside the Veterans Healthcare Administration to adopt the VistA open source EHR system from Medsphere Systems. The staff at Midland has been recognized by industry magazine’s such as CIO for their forward thinking. When you have leaders using your product, that bodes well for your future, which is good news for us.