Community Hospital receives $2.3 million for technology that advances safety
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MONTEREY, Calif. — Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula has received $2.3 million in federal stimulus funds for its investments in technology designed to improve patient safety and increase efficiency.
The funds are awarded to hospitals and other healthcare providers that have implemented electronic health record systems that centralize medical information and make it accessible, with patient permission, to those providing care.
“When hospitals, primary care doctors, specialists, and other healthcare providers are able to collect and then more easily share this information, they can better understand a patient’s complete medical history and provide safer, more efficient care,” says Steven Packer, MD, president and CEO of Community Hospital.
To qualify for the funds, the technology had to meet ‘meaningful use’ standards — 24 patient safety initiatives that center around using an electronic health record to chart doctors’ orders, capture patient information such as vital signs and demographics, and demonstrate certain capabilities for providing information to patients electronically and across care settings.
A major milestone in the development of an electronic health record at Community Hospital was achieved in 2007 with the implementation of “computerized physician order entry,” in which doctors enter patient orders on computers rather than on paper. Community Hospital has been among the early adopters of medical record technology. It is among the first 10 percent of hospitals in the United States to receive federal stimulus funds in recognition of the investments it has made in the first stage of the “meaningful use” initiative.
“Members of Community Hospital’s staff and medical staff and physicians in the community have been working very hard on this electronic revolution,” Packer says. “We are proud to be at the forefront and are continuing to make investments in this important effort to increase safety and efficiency.”
ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 205 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at http://www.chomp.org/