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OCH Wins Health Information Technology Leadership Award
Tina Bernsen, RN Accepts the Award for OCH
September 17, 2010


Tina Bernsen, R.N. Accepts Award on Behalf of OCH

Marc Johnston, IRM, Tina Bernsen, R.N., OCH and Fred Galusha, INHS

INHS Announces Health Information Technology

Leadership Awards

Spokane, WA-- Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS) announced the 2010 INHS Health Information Technology Leadership Awards, recognizing two Washington hospitals: Othello Community Hospital in Othello, WA and Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, WA. Awards were presented at the 2010 Northwest Medical Informatics Symposium (NMIS) at The Davenport Hotel, September 16th.

“These two hospitals are committed in their adoption of HIT solutions to improve the workflow process and enhance high quality standards in patient safety and outcomes,” stated Fred Galusha, CIO of INHS.

Selections were based upon the use of health IT and health information exchange to improve patient outcomes by engaging consumers, transforming care delivery and ensuring the quality, safety, and efficiency of health care in communities.

Both Othello Community Hospital and Coulee Medical Center have been recognized by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) for achieving Stage 6 on the EMR adoption model, (EMRAM) something only just 2.6 percent of the more than 5,000 U.S. hospitals tracked by HIMSS have reached. They are two of only seven critical access hospitals (CAH s) in the nation to achieve Stage 6 designation.

HIMSS identifies and scores hospitals on a scale of zero to seven based on their utilization of health information technology to create a fully digital environment. Stage 6 hospitals have achieved significant advancement in their IT capabilities that positions them to successfully address many of the current industry transformations, such as meaningful use of criteria in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, claims attachments for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, for performance and government quality reporting programs. No critical access hospital in the country has yet achieved Stage 7.

Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS) is a non-profit corporation in Spokane, Washington providing collaboration in health care services on behalf of its member hospitals Deaconess Medical Center, Providence Holy Family Hospital, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital and Valley Hospital and Medical Center and the community. For more information, visit www.inhs.org.