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Muenster Memorial Hospital Selects ChartSmart emr®

NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Muenster Memorial Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital located in North Texas serving a bi-county area north of Denton, Texas, has selected Custom Software Systems' ChartSmart Electronic Medical Record as Muenster's EMR solution, Michael Kent, Muenster CEO/Administrator announced today.



According to Kent, the hospital's decision was the result of a painstaking two-year selection process, an evaluation that narrowed to three different EMR products. "Ultimately, the strong employee support for ChartSmart helped us make the decision," said Kent. "Our clinicians liked the natural flow of the charting that ChartSmart provided."  

A former head of Muenster's radiology department, Kent acknowledged the importance of clinical acceptance to EMR implementation. "Strong initial buy-in by key users is vital to success," he said.

Certified as 2011/2012 compliant by Drummond Group, an ONC-ATCB, ChartSmart will allow the hospital to meet meaningful use guidelines to qualify for federal stimulus funds.* Kent pointed out that ChartSmart will also provide strategic support for one of the hospital's top priorities—Muenster's swing bed program, which deploys skilled nursing and therapy to fast-track the recovery of patients who have undergone surgeries such as hip and knee replacements.

"We liked the access ChartSmart gave to all the parties involved—now the therapists can see what the nursing staff is doing, and the doctors can keep up with patients' conditions, whether they're in the clinic or at the ER."

ChartSmart was created by front-line caregivers—nurses and nurse-programmers—for real-world ease and effectiveness. "This is the one EMR that conforms to the way clinicians work, not the other way around," said Custom Software President DeWitt Rhaly. "The intuitiveness is built in, so that busy staffers have fast access to all the information they need." For facilities using ChartSmart, that quick access has translated into greater accuracy, as well as a savings of up to 20 minutes per day per nurse in documentation time.

For even greater ease, Muenster is implementing ChartSmart for iPad use, Kent noted. "It's a cost-effective solution that allowed us to eliminate bulky laptops from the nurses' carts."

About Custom Software:

Custom Software Systems, the Nashville-based provider of IT solutions for the health care industry for more than 25 years, offers a complete range of solutions, including financials; laboratory and clinical management; electronic medical records (EMR); document management; and a browser-based digital image viewer (PACS).  For more information, go to

About Drummond Group
Drummond Group Inc., the trusted software test lab, provides effective and efficient electronic health record (EHR) testing to healthcare information technology vendors and hospitals. As an Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB), Drummond Group works closely with healthcare software vendors and hospitals to certify EHRs that are looking to qualify for incentive funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  Drummond Group is approved to certify both complete and modular EHR for both ambulatory and inpatient.  For more information, go to

*On March 31, 2011, ChartSmart was given Complete Inpatient EHR certification that is 2011/2012 compliant by Drummond Group, an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. ChartSmart's certification number is 03312011-1035-6. ONC-ATCB certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.  Clinical Quality Measures Certified include NQF0371, NQF0372, NQF0373, NQF0374, NQF0375, NQF0376, NQF0435, NQF0436, NQF0437, NQF0438, NQF0439, NQF0440, NQF0441, NQF0495, NQF0497. MIRTH, Connect and MS Excel were relied upon for certification.

Terri Dunham

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