Pullman Regional Hospital Achieves Meaningful Use Stage 2

Nov 24, 2014

Pullman Regional Hospital recently completed Meaningful Use Stage 2 Attestation putting Pullman Regional Hospital among the minority of hospitals in the nation to achieve this level of regulatory success. Meaningful Use sets specific objectives that eligible professionals and hospitals must achieve to qualify for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Incentive Programs designed to improve quality of care. According to the Health Information Technology Policy Committee, only 840 Hospitals out of 4,357 active registered facilities – just 19 percent -- had completed the Meaningful Use Stage 2 Attestation.

"Pullman Regional Hospital is a leader in innovation," said Marcia Cheadle, Senior Director of Meaningful Use and Advanced Clinicals at Engage. "As a long-standing partner, their leadership and staff embrace technology solutions for the betterment of patient care."

Stage 2 of Meaningful Use focuses on advanced clinical practices as part of the electronic medical record. In addition, one of the objectives of this stage is to provide patients the ability to view online, download, and transmit information about a hospital admission. The hospital must show more than 50 percent of all patients who are discharged from the inpatient or emergency department of the hospital have their information available online within 36 hours of discharge. Another stage 2 measurement hospitals must achieve is more than five percent of all patients who are discharged from the inpatient or emergency department can view, download or transmit to a third party their information that can be accessed on a patient portal through the hospital’s Web site.

Cathy Murphy, R.N., director of Clinical Informatics at Pullman Regional Hospital, said the mandate to achieve 5 percent of patients who actually access the patient portal was the biggest challenge.

"We formed a patient portal team to develop a plan on how we can educate patients about the new portal and its benefits," said Murphy. "We worked with staff to be our advocates for enrolling patients and to support them through their first log on to the patient portal."

There are approximately 20 measurements of clinical and patient compliance as part of Meaningful Use Stage 1 & 2 that must maintained before Stage 3 objectives and requirements are announced, including maintaining 60 percent clinician electronic order entry by computer.

"We will continue to support our clinical staff and physicians in optimizing the use of our EMR (electronic medical record) for documentation, order entry, and clinical decision support," she said.

Murphy is optimistic about achieving ongoing success. "We are small, responsive and have great support from INHS," she said.

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