Leading the Way in Attestation for Meaningful Use Stage 3
In 2015, Mt. San Rafael Hospital was lagging in meeting Meaningful Use requirement deadlines. Making the challenge even greater, Mt. San Rafael Hospital lacked a centralized IT system, was operating with a paper-based records environment, and relied on an outdated system of manual files and medical records that was cumbersome, time-consuming, and inefficient. Prior to MEDHOST electronic health record (EHR) implementation, there was no centralized IT system at the hospital, and the IT team faced major time constraints.
Mt. San Rafael Hospital’s ultimate IT goals align with those at the heart of Meaningful Use regulation: improving patient care and facilitating provider communication. The hospital also dedicated to increasing clinical efficacy, enhancing information flow, and improving patient information management. Upgrading from a paper-based environment to an EHR also would help ensure Mt. San Rafael Hospital avoided costly fines for missing Meaningful Use requirements. The hospital’s doctors, nurses, board of directors, and IT team recognized the difficult task ahead.