NorthShore among first to reach Stage 1 meaningful use

By Industry News Release
10:12 AM

NorthShore University HealthSystem is one of the first health systems in the country to be recognized by the federal government for demonstrating meaningful use of its electronic medical record (EMR) system in a way that improves patient care and safety.
“NorthShore is honored to be recognized as a national leader for driving innovation that helps set the standard of care,” said Mark Neaman, President and CEO of NorthShore. “This reaffirms our commitment to continue to improve patient outcomes through the use of our advanced technologies.”
NorthShore received $6 million from the Medicare and Medicaid EMR Incentive Program to expand its use of EMR and medical informatics. The incentive was established by the federal government to recognize hospitals who successfully demonstrate "meaningful use" of technology in a way that translates to improved quality, safety and efficiency for patients.
Over the past decade, NorthShore has invested more than $100 million in developing its advanced EMR system. NorthShore will continue its focus on incorporating comprehensive EMR and data informatics systems to help standardize the best evidence-based clinical practices into effective and efficient care delivery plans for patients.
“Health information technology is the way of the future and NorthShore is clearly a leader in using it to improve the lives of the patients and residents in our community,” said Congressman Robert Dold (R-IL 10). I look forward to working closely with NorthShore to continue the incredible progress that has already been made.” 
About NorthShore University HealthSystem
Headquartered in Evanston, Illinois, NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) is a comprehensive, fully integrated, healthcare delivery system that serves the Chicago region. The system includes four hospitals in Evanston, Glenview, Highland Park and Skokie. NorthShore employs approximately 9,000 and has 2,400 affiliated physicians, including a 650+ physician, multispecialty group practice with over 75 office locations. Further, NorthShore supports teaching and research as the principal teaching affiliate for the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

The NorthShore Research Institute focuses on clinical and translational research, including leadership in outcomes research and clinical trials. The NorthShore University HealthSystem Foundation is a leading philanthropic entity of NorthShore. It raises charitable contributions, engages volunteer friends and invests in community partnerships.

NorthShore has significant capabilities in a wide spectrum of clinical programs, including cancer, heart, orthopaedics, high-risk maternity, pediatrics and neurosciences. NorthShore is a Magnet recognized organization, the only one in Illinois designated as a system to receive this prestigious honor that demonstrates excellence in nursing and high standards in patient care. NorthShore is a national leader in the implementation of innovative technologies, including electronic medical records (EMR). In 2003, NorthShore was among the first in the country to successfully launch a system-wide EMR with demonstrable benefits in quality, safety, efficiency and service to patients. NorthShore has been recognized by multiple national organizations for this notable achievement.