Fletcher Allen One of 78 Hospitals in the Nation to Meet Stage 2 Federal Requirements for Electronic Health Records

August 18, 2014

Contact: Mike Noble
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  • Meets quality, safety and efficiency Standards
  • One of only 78 hospitals to meet Stage 2 standards to date
  • Stage 3 standards due in 2018

BURLINGTON, VT – Fletcher Allen announced that it has met the electronic medical record (EMR) system Stage 2 requirements for quality, safety and efficiency that were developed by the federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  These standards, part of the CMS Meaningful Use program, help hospitals focus on aspects of EHR implementation deemed most important by CMS, namely those that improve patient safety, quality of care and health system efficiency.

Meaningful Use is a multi-year government incentive program created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to encourage health care providers across the country to make the switch to electronic health records. Fletcher Allen was in the first wave of hospitals recognized for successfully meeting the program’s Stage 1 requirements in early 2012.

“This recognition is another major milestone in the history of our EMR project and reflects the hard work of many people throughout Fletcher Allen,” said John Brumsted, M.D., president and chief executive officer, Fletcher Allen Health Care and Fletcher Allen Partners.  “It speaks well to the quality of our system and the effort made by both providers and technical staff alike that we are among the very few medical centers to achieve this recognition.”

The $57.2 million project received Certificate of Need approval from the state in March 2008. The first part of the installation was completed and operational in the pharmacy in early May 2009.  The system was operational throughout all of Fletcher Allen on schedule and on budget by the end of 2010.

CMS recognized that by installing and meaningfully using an EMR system, health care providers would reap benefits such as improved patient safety and clinical outcomes through reduction in errors, improved availability of records and data, reminders and alerts, clinical decision support, and e-prescribing/refill automation. The meaningful use incentive program helped health care providers to focus on specific uses that would be of most benefit to patients.

Stage 3, the final stage in the Meaningful Use program, will become effective in 2018 to encourage health care providers to fully develop and integrate their EMR systems.

About Fletcher Allen
Fletcher Allen Health Care, together with our partners at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is Vermont’s academic medical center. Fletcher Allen and Central Vermont Medical Center are members of Fletcher Allen Partners, established to develop a more coordinated system of care throughout the region. Fletcher Allen’s mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves by integrating patient care, education and research in a caring environment. Fletcher Allen also serves as a regional referral center -- providing advanced care to approximately one million people in Vermont and northern New York -- and as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. For more information about Fletcher Allen, find us online at http://www.fletcherallen.org or on our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and blog sites at www.fletcherallen.org/socialmedia.