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New Rural RHIO Aims to Achieve Meaningful Use With Prognosis ChartAccess Comprehensive EMR
Date:2/10/2010

HOUSTON, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Four community hospitals in Texas have taken the bull by the horns to form a regional health information organization (RHIO) that will enable them to experience the clinical and financial benefits commonly associated with electronic medical records (EMRs).

CEOs at the founding hospitals -- Ted Matthews from 45-bed Anson (TX) General Hospital, Rick DeFoore from 25-bed Stamford (TX) Memorial Hospital, Nathan Tudor from 20-bed Stonewall Memorial Hospital, Aspermont, TX, and Randy King from 14-bed Throckmorton (TX) County Memorial Hospital -- worked cooperatively to establish the RHIO in an effort to improve care delivery. The rural RHIO, one of the first-of-its-kind in the country, will be empowered by a web-based EMR from Prognosis Health Information Systems.

"Rural hospitals often struggle to keep up with technology implementations but we realized that we could band together to improve care for all the patients in this area of Texas. By working together, we are able to overcome some of the obstacles that have traditionally stood in the way of implementing electronic medical records," Tudor said.    

For instance, the four hospitals are prevailing over the financial challenge that is often cited as a barrier to technology adoption for small facilities.

"The fact that we can all tap into one centralized solution remotely makes it much easier for our small rural hospitals to get a system up and running. The synergies, however, will continue as we roll out the system. We will
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