Four rural Texas hospitals within 25 miles of each other have formed a regional health information organization and will implement Web-based electronic medical records software to ease the sharing of pertinent patient information.

The hospitals will use the same vendor-hosted EMR, ChartAccess Comprehensive EMR from Houston-based Prognosis Health Information Systems, sharing one database but with separate data repositories. The hospitals expect the EMR will aid in qualifying for meaningful use incentive payments under the economic stimulus law. The application will support clinician access via iPhone devices.

Hospitals participating in the emerging RHIO are 45-bed Anson General Hospital, 25-bed Stamford Memorial Hospital, 20-bed Stonewall Memorial Hospital in Aspermont and 14-bed Throckmorton County Memorial Hospital.

The EMR will be the first for all four hospitals, says Rick DeFoore, CEO at Stamford Memorial. The hospitals will use grants and operating funds to pay for the EMR and expect meaningful use incentive payments to "overcompensate" for the cost, he adds.

More information is available at prognosishis.com.

--Joseph Goedert

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