By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The NMMC family was recognized Thursday for leading the way in electronic health records.
Both North Mississippi Medical Center and affiliated North Mississippi Medical Clinics were recognized with with national Meaningful Use Vanguard awards.
“We felt they were so exemplary here with the processes they’ve put in place,” said Tommy Adams, a registered nurse and consultant with Mississippi Regional Extension Center, which is assisting physicians and hospitals around the state with meeting the complex, stringent meaningful use requirements.
In Mississippi, only two other health care providers have received the award. Tupelo pediatrician Dr. Ed Ivancic and Corinth family physician Dr. Joseph Pratt were recognized earlier this year.
In accepting the award from U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., NMMC system chief information officer Tommy Bozeman saluted long hours of hard work by physicians, hospital and clinic staffs.
“There’s no way one person could pull this off,” Bozeman said.
The new electronic health records provide tools to engage patients and track clinical outcomes, said Dr. Brad Crosswhite, a family physican at Barnes Crossing Medical Clinic.
“It promotes a team-based approach,” Crosswhite said.
Even though NMMC’s electronic medical record goes back to 1985, the system and clinics couldn’t rest of their laurels and meet the new standards.
“The bar has been raised and will continue to be raised,” Bozeman said.
Ealier this week, the North Mississippi Medical Center hospital system got word they had once again been recognized as one of “Health Care’s Most Wired” by the American Hospital Association. It was the only Mississippi hospital system recognized in the Top 100; Magnolia Regional Medical Center in Corinth was one of 25 small and rural hospitals recognized.