Dashe & Thomson and Healthland Announce Meaningful Use Training Partnership

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Services designed to help rural hospitals receive federal incentive payments

Dashe & Thomson, Inc., a recognized leader in enterprise training solutions, today announced it will partner with Healthland, America's market leader of healthcare information solutions for rural community and critical access hospitals , to provide training to hospitals seeking to comply with the Meaningful Use requirements described in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The training will ensure that those healthcare providers utilizing the Healthland EHR solution are eligible for incentive payments from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

“Achieving meaningful use of Electronic Health Records requires commitment and resources,” said Jon Matejcek, President of Dashe & Thomson. “To experience the complete benefits of EHR, and meet new requirements, hospital employees need to truly understand and accept the new system. This can be a challenge at any level, but for rural hospitals with limited resources, it’s particularly difficult.”

Despite the challenges, the rewards of achieving Meaningful Use of EHR can be significant. A recent press release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services notes that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), charged by Congress with running the program, expects to issue “as much as $27 billion” in payments over the next ten years.

Hospitals looking to take full advantage of the stimulus program must be meaningful users of a certified EHR system by 2013. Beginning in 2014, Medicare bonuses will decrease, and by 2015, those hospitals that are not yet meaningful users will begin to incur Medicare reimbursement penalties. With this deadline in mind, Dashe & Thomson and Healthland have sought to expand Healthland’s position as the national leader in healthcare IT solutions for rural hospitals by offering a comprehensive learning curriculum designed to help eligible hospitals and care providers receive incentive payments.

The cornerstone of the curriculum is a web-based learning portal that can be accessed at any time by hospital employees. Designed as an instructional job-aid, the learning portal aligns training and how-to reference material as appropriate for each position, providing instruction on an “as-needed” basis. The concise, task-based lessons allow employees to learn material in a way that promotes retention, and role-based assessments help employees and management gauge readiness to comply with the Meaningful Use requirements.

The Healthland Meaningful Use EHR solution and training provided by Dashe & Thomson will enable participating hospitals to maximize the long-term benefits of their technology investment.

“As the only EHR provider focused exclusively on the rural hospital market, we recognize that our clients look to us to provide a complete meaningful use solution – including training,” said Angie Franks, Healthland president and CEO.    “Dashe & Thomson’s expertise will help us provide our clients with the services they need to achieve Meaningful Use, including preparing staff, adjusting processes, and complying with all reporting requirements.”

About Dashe & Thomson:
Dashe & Thomson provides customized training solutions to enable large-scale business changes – from enterprise-wide software to process reengineering. The company was founded in 1981 on the belief that knowledgeable users are the key to any company’s goal of achieving return on software investments.

Dashe & Thomson provides highly experienced teams of instructional designers, training developers, trainers, online help developers, and e-learning specialists, using a project methodology developed over the company’s 30-year history. Dashe & Thomson consultants provide training services for both corporate and public sectors, and average more than 15 years of professional experience. To learn more, visit http://www.dashe.com.

About Healthland:
Healthland is America’s largest provider of fully integrated solutions to rural community and critical access hospitals, serving more than 500 clients across the country. Software and services from Healthland, including its electronic health record (EHR) solution, empower community hospitals to deliver the best possible healthcare by providing a central repository of patient information in all care settings, be it a hospital, clinic or extended care facility.

With 30 years of experience in the rural healthcare market, Healthland solutions are uniquely suited to the size and needs of rural hospitals, enabling them to focus on what they do best – care for neighbors, family and friends. Founded in Glenwood, Minn., population 2,600, Healthland is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., with regional offices in Glenwood, Minn., Louisville, Ky. and Waco, Texas. More information is available at: http://www.healthland.com.

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