September 26, 2011
KCH Marks Major Milestones

Kane Community Hospital (KCH) marked a major electronic health record (EHR) adoption milestone recently when the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics recognized the 31-bed facility with Stage 6 Certification.

HIMSS Analytics created its Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model using an eight-step scale that charts the path to a fully paperless health records environment.

KCH is the 183rd hospital in the country—placing it among just 3.5% of U.S. hospitals—to achieve Stage 6 Certification.

The requirements for HIMSS Analytics certification set a high bar for hospitals. KCH had to demonstrate that all application capabilities for Stage 6 Certification were operational, and that all lower certification levels had been achieved. 

This means KCH has met the HIMSS Analytics certification requirements in 20 areas, including radiology, transcription, pharmacy, patient care instructions, clinical decision support, clinical documentation, order communication (CPOE), medication management, surgery management, clinical decision support, emergency department, and clinic documentation.

Kane Community Hospital also completed its 90-day reporting period for Stage 1 Meaningful Use guidelines and met Stage 1 Meaningful Use requirements.  In recognition of this status, KCH received Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) bonus money. 

Kane Community Hospital is an affiliate of UPMC Hamot.

KCH Marks Major Milestones

Stage 6 Certification is a major milestone in the life of a hospital. Here members of the KCH team who helped win Stage 6 Certification gathered to celebrate the achievement: l-r Russell Singh, MD, Family Medicine; Elisha Osmer, RN, Acute Care; Kenneth Langille, MD, Family Medicine; Mohammed Suddle, MD (seated at computer), Internal Medicine; Nancy Haag, Manager of KCH Lab; Meagan Buck, GN; Margaret Twidale, Senior Manager, Information Technology; and J. Gary Rhodes, VP, UPMC Hamot and CEO of Kane Community Hospital.