In December 2015, Castro County Hospital District (CCHD) began to implement a new electronic health record system, known as Cerner. This system is designed to help improve the well-being of individuals and communities. Cerner puts their focus on the people in the clinics they work with, not technology.
Jamie Blasingame with CCHD oversaw the Cerner Implementation. It took about a year to incorporate into CCHD’s health care system, and went live in November 2016. After just a year, Castro County Healthcare was awarded for their achievements by reaching HIMSS Stage 6.
“This system has helped us go completely paperless,” said Blasingame. “It has helped with the continuum of care for our community.”
To obtain a HIMSS Stage 6 standing for a hospital and clinic, CCHD had to use the electronic health record systems in a way that gave our patients the best care possible. Cerner scores the hospitals and clinics on their use of the electronic health record (ERC) system.
CCHD earns points for every area that they use ERC, for example the clinic, hospital, and with our physicians. By achieving Stage 6, is an indicator that CCHD has delivered high quality patient care with the ERC system.
This award honors CCHD and their mission “to provide high quality, ethical, and cost-effective healthcare services that improve the health of the communities we serve.”