Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

2 of 3
BACKNEXT
Memorial Hospital, Sweetwater County, Wyo.
Memorial Hospital, Sweetwater County, Wyo.
Two Memorial Hospital workers use MedSphere's OpenVista platform for EHR.
Up front cost: $2 million
Annual service contract: $150,000

Memorial Hospital knew it needed EHR to cut down on time and costs, but finally made the switch when it saw the handwriting on the wall.

"We were totally paper three years ago, which was cumbersome," said Linda Simmons, vice president of operations and chief nursing officer at Memorial. "Nurses were spending an inordinate amount of time double-, triple- and quadruple-charting. And with regulatory changes coming down the road, we decided to make the switch."

Due to its small size, the hospital has to transfer patients out to more urban hospitals if they need to see a specialist. Simmons said sometimes they would tuck a critical-condition patient's chart under his or her arm before sending him or her off in a helicopter.

After a steep learning curve, hospital workers now rely heavily on EHR. Simmons said the system had to be taken down for six hours in June for servicing, and "everyone was freaking out about going to paper. They feel lost without [EHR]."

NEXT: Western North Carolina Health Network
Last updated July 31 2009: 3:54 AM ET
Email | Print | Share  |  RSS
 
google my aol my msn my yahoo! netvibes
Paste this link into your favorite RSS desktop reader
See all CNNMoney.com RSS FEEDS (close)
More Galleries
15 top-paid CEOs The 15 highest-paid corporate chiefs in America took home nearly $700 million last year -- about $47 million apiece on average. Expedia's Dara Khosrowshahi tops the list -- with $95 million in total pay. David Zaslav, who was no. 1 last year moves down to no. 15 this year. More
Driving Bentley's new SUV Spending an afternoon in Bentley's luxurious new $230,000 SUV. More
Best cars for the super-rich The Robb Report has selected these as the best new cars and SUVs for anyone who doesn't have to worry about how much they spend. More

Special Offer