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SNYDER, TEXAS ­ - January 15, 2016 ­
Cogdell Memorial announced today it is transitioning to a new computer system.

Ella R. Helms, Chief Executive Officer states why a change was needed: "The existing electronic medical record

(EMR) has served it's basic purpose. Although it was not perfect, it enabled us to comply with the 'Meaningful Use'

requirements instituted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2011." Hospitals and clinics

have found that although the initial software met basic requirements, it did not cater to the physician or the patient.

Over the past five years, software companies have developed programs that go beyond the basic requirements and

enhance usability for the healthcare providers and patients while improving safety, quality and efficiency.

Although an improved program was needed, it was out of reach financially. That is until an outside funding source

was found, not using tax dollars, to pay for the new computer software program. The new program will also cost

substantially less to maintain, saving the hospital upwards of $30,000 per month. "In a short time, even without the

additional funding, the system will pay for itself," says Helms.

Before finalizing the switch, Cogdell researched options. Shana Barnett, Senior Project Manager states, "We received

input from nurses, physicians, billing, admissions, radiology, lab, clinic, physical therapy and administration.

Representatives from these departments visited hospitals in various markets to see the program in action and ask


John Everett, Chief Financial Officer explains their choice: "We narrowed down the field and decided that a company

called Cerner would best meet Cogdell's growing needs. The company is one of the top EMR developers and has

implemented successful programs in hospitals nationwide." According to Healthcare Informatics, as of April 2015,

Cerner, was used in approximately 18,000 facilities around the world.

Cogdell expects the new system to provide numerous benefits to patients and healthcare providers.

The downside to the system will be the patient's first visit once the new system is implemented. "Patients will need to

provide us with their information as if they were new patient," says Helms. "Once they are set up in the system,

patients should experience a much more simplified check­in process."

"What impressed me the most was the ability to have everything coordinate together from the clinic, to outpatient labs

and the emergency room on one system," Barnett adds. "With any change, there will be things to work through, but

we are eager to fully implement this new program."

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