Electronic Medical Records was the focus of a special meeting of the Sheridan Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees Tuesday. Hospital Chief Information Officer Nyle Morgan presented the Board with an overview of the process of how the hospital narrowed the search down to one EMR vendor, and how it would benefit patients and the staff at the hospital once implemented. The Board ultimately approved to enter into a contract with Cerner for a new Electronic Medical Record system for the hospital in the amount of $9.8 million.
Hospital Chief Financial Officer Ed Johlman explains the financial effect the purchase will have on the hospital.
Johman says that the maintenance costs for the new software won't be a whole lot more than what the hospital is paying for their current system that was implemented in 1992.
The hospital may actually receive Federal Stimulus funds for the upgrade.
Johlman said that the Federal Government will refund $3.1 million of the overall price of the software. August of 2012 is when Sheridan Memorial will go live with the electronic medical records system.