TMH Receives Grant for Improved Communications Among Departments

tmh-logo-115The Memorial Hospital Foundation received a $45,000 Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) provider grant award for the Emergency Department Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system. The grant award included a 50% local match from The Memorial Hospital and The Memorial Hospital Foundation to enhance Colorado’s emergency medical and trauma services system.  The funding received will help buy software interfaces needed for seamless communication between the Emergency Department’s electronic health record and other systems in the hospital. The interfaces provide electronic linking capabilities for medications, allergies and patient vitals to the EMR. Implementation of an electronic medical record is required under the Health Information and Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITEC) Act of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 and helps ensure high-quality care for patients.  The total cost of the interface was $90,150. The grant was for $45,050. TMH and the TMH Foundation will both fund $22,550 each for the match. Twentymile and Trapper Mines also provided funding for the initial purchase.