Black Hills Surgical Hospital first in state to achieve stage 1 meaningful use

HealthPOINT, South Dakota’s Regional Extension Center, announced today that Black Hills Surgical Hospital (BHSH) is the state’s first hospital to achieve Stage 1 of Meaningful Use.  Meaningful Use is the demonstration and utilization by medical providers of an electronic health record (EHR) that provides increased quality, value and safety to the patient.

Since implementing their EHR, BHSH sees tremendous value in the electronic health record initiative for their patients.  “The safety factor is key to us and since utilizing our EHR we have improved our allergy monitoring with prescribing and administering medication at the bedside,” said Lori Luciano, RN and BHSH Clinical IT Support Specialist.  “And the ease and portability it provides patients is exciting as it allows them to access their records during future visits with their medical providers.”

BHSH, located in Rapid City, is a 26-bed specialty hospital with eleven operating rooms, private step-down areas, along with a state-of-the-art imaging center and pain clinic.  BHSH employs 295 highly-skilled employees, many of whom were a vital part of adopting their electronic health record.

Dan Friedrich, Director of HealthPOINT, is impressed with their success.  “The national focus on EHR’s has not even been two years yet,” Friedrich said, “and the emphasis has been on primary care since patients see these providers the most.  To take the steps they did at such an early stage says a lot about their dedication to patient care.  They certainly stand as a model for other hospitals to follow.”

Although it’s the first step of many rigorous changes needed to accommodate this electronic form of healthcare, BHSH is on the path to a successful implementation.  “It’s a team effort and requires all departments working together to achieve the requirements of Meaningful use for the facility,” states Donna Skinner, RN and BHSH Chief Nursing Officer.

About Black Hills Surgical Hospital 

Black Hills Surgical Hospital, LLC is South Dakota's premier physician-owned surgical hospital offering in-house hospitalists, 3:1 nurse to patient ratio, low infection and complication rates, private suites, luxury accommodations, first class hospitality, and state-of-the-art imaging services and technology including 3T MRI and 64-Slice CT scanners  BHSH performs numerous surgeries including orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, general surgery, weight-loss surgery, gynecology, podiatry, urology, dermatology, ophthalmology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, dental/oral surgery, and single incision laparoscopy surgery. 


About HealthPOINT

As a federally designated health information technology resource and support center for all South Dakota healthcare providers, HealthPOINT focuses on an action-based approach to propel providers in adopting electronic health record systems.  Since April of 2010, HealthPOINT has been using its broad, Health IT expertise to help PCPs, who face unique and complex challenges with EHR adoption, make a smooth transition to their EHR goals.  HealthPOINT gears its support to meet each practice’s specific needs – from identifying financial resources to negotiating with EHR vendors to redesigning office workflow.  Over 1,000 healthcare professionals are already working with HealthPOINT, the Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (REC) based at Dakota State University’s Center for the Advancement in Health IT (CAHIT). 

HealthPOINT was awarded through an objective review process by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), as the designated organization in South Dakota to support primary health care providers on EHR adoption and meaningful use.

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Last Updated: 7/10/12