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Rogers Memorial Hospital makes history as first HIMSS Stage 6 Behavioral health Hospital in US

Rogers Memorial Hospital just made history. It is the first standalone acute psychiatric hospital system in the United States to achieve HIMSS 6. The hospital’s three inpatient campuses in Wisconsin are part of Rogers Behavioral Health, which also includes 10 specialized outpatient locations stretching from Wisconsin to Florida. “It is a great accomplishment,” said CNO and Vice President of Patient Care Terri Schultz. “We do this for the patient. When you have a consolidated health record and have built in safeguards in the EHR – it only benefits the patient.” Schultz said the journey to HIMSS 6 started when Rogers decided to purchase and implement Cerner in December of 2013, followed by a system-wide implementation in August 2015. “We had a very successful implementation,” she said. “That set the stage for everything else.” Unlike many health care facilities in the U.S., Rogers only focuses on behavioral health. Its physicians are psychiatrists, not cardiologists or surgeons. Finding an EHR to tailor to its specific needs – from in-patient to revenue cycle - took some hunting. “We looked at about 15 EHR vendors,” said Schultz. “We wanted to build a record that met our needs, not one built by someone else, which would have been a requirement with other vendors.” In building its own EHR, Rogers was able to construct safeguards specific to its population. “Hospitals have HCAHPS. We have HBIPS. These are publicly reported measures required by CMS. We built some of these measures directly into our EHR to assist the physicians in meeting the standards to help us with compliance.”

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Rocky Mountain dramatically reduces antipsychotics usage while tracking individualized interventions

The use of antipsychotic medications among residents with dementia dropped 10 percentage points at Rocky Mountain Care - Willow Springs, a long-term care organization, thanks to an innovative campaign supported by the tracking functionality of Cerner’s PowerChart® LTC. Dementia is a common condition in long-term care organizations, and can manifest as behaviors such as hitting, yelling, wandering, and crying. These behaviors occur because the person has difficulty communicating their needs, and can pose challenges for families, residents and caregivers. Historically antipsychotic medication was often used to remedy the situation, making the resident drowsy or groggy.

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