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Medical Center Expands Use of Electronic Health Records

January 13, 2011
Somerset Medical Center, a national leader in health information technology, today became one of the first hospitals in the country to register for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Program, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. In an announcement held simultaneously with 120 other hospitals nationwide, medical center officials pledged to achieve “meaningful use” of certified electronic health records by December 2011.

“Our investment in health information technology demonstrates our continued commitment to advancing patient care,” said Ken Bateman, president and chief executive officer of Somerset Medical Center. “Electronic health records give doctors and caregivers instant access to important information about a patient’s health, including X-rays, MRIs, EKGs, medications and previous medical history, helping them make timely diagnoses and begin prompt treatment. This technology has also helped advance patient safety, reducing medication duplication and alerting health care professionals to potentially dangerous drug interactions and allergies.”

Somerset Medical Center is one of only 2 percent of community hospitals in the nation with an electronic health record and one of only 10 percent of hospitals nationwide with a computerized physician order entry system. 

“Our accomplishments in health information technology have indeed put Somerset Medical Center on the map, prompting visits from hospital representatives around the world over the past several years,” Bateman said. “By achieving “meaningful use” of electronic health records this year, we will remain on the forefront.”