AUSTIN, Texas - eCareSoft announced successful Stage 1 Attestations of Meaningful Use for Central Texas Hospital System (CTH) today. Using eCareSoft's true-cloud EHR technology and the company's unique Meaningful Use Scorecard, all six rural hospitals, ranging in size from 18 to 108 beds, were able to attest successfully in 120 days or less.
Achieving Stage 1 Meaningful Use criteria in order to qualify for incentive payments through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is quite an achievement for rural hospitals. These hospitals often lack the financial strength and on-site technical expertise necessary to deploy and maintain traditional EHR systems. Even with available financing, the technology really doesn't fit these small environments. "Our cloud solution is designed for flexibility and ideal for small hospitals with limited staff and resources," stated Zack Morton, Director of Implementation at eCareSoft. "In rural hospitals you don't see the rigid segmentation of roles that you see in large hospital environments," added Morton. "The technology must fit the environment if you're looking for adoption with the least amount of workflow disruption," concluded Morton.
There are two incentive payment programs available to hospitals under the HITECH Act, one through Medicare and the other from Medicaid. Both require that the hospital provide proof of achieving Meaningful Use of a certified EHR product to qualify for incentive money. For a small system, like CTH, that can amount to approximately $15 million over the next four years. When you consider the cost advantages inherent with eCareSoft's true cloud technology it's easy to get excited about the return on investment. The cost of eCareSoft's solution over that same 4-year period is approximately 50% of the stimulus reimbursement.
"For many rural hospital administrators, the idea of implementing an EHR and successfully attesting in less than 120 days sounds unrealistic, but the numbers show that it can be done," stated Joe White, CFO of Central Texas Hospitals. "eCareSoft was certainly the correct choice for us," added White.
The system was 100% paper based prior to the transition to electronic health records and the facilities had little or no internal IT resources at their disposal. eCareSoft provided CTH with an end-to-end, fully integrated solution encompassing clinical, EHR, revenue cycle and financial management.
About eCareSoft, Inc.
eCareSoft is a market leader in HIT cloud technology solutions for inpatient and ambulatory markets. eCareSoft provides hospitals and their affiliated networks with natively integrated EHR, clinical and financial solutions that are affordable, easy to use and quick to deploy. The company founders have a 15-year international history of providing secure, customizable solutions that advance the patient care process, reduce medical errors and drive profitability. The company's US headquarters is located in Austin, Texas. For more information about eCareSoft visit us online at www.ecaresoft.com
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