Rural Texas Hospitals Eye EHRs

Seven rural hospitals in Texas will implement certified electronic health records software from two Texas-based vendors to go after meaningful use incentive payments.

Cameron-based Central Texas Hospital, with six facilities totaling 305 beds, will do a fast-track deployment of integrated and Web-hosted clinical/financial management software from eCareSoft, Austin. The new vendor is a subsidiary of Expert Sistemas Computacionales, which has a 40 percent market share in Mexico and now is targeting small and mid-sized hospitals in the United States.

Eastland (Texas) Memorial Hospital on March 1 started implementing the ChartAccess Comprehensive EHR from Prognosis Health Information Systems, Houston. The 52-bed hospital expects to start its 90-day attestation period on May 31.

The EHR will integrate with billing, laboratory, pharmacy, radiology and other ancillary systems, and will serve as the centralized data repository. Eastland Memorial also will join the Texas Regional Health Information Organization.