Struggling Singing River Health System Seeks $37.5M Loan to Meet Meaningful Use

Singing River Health System, based in Ocean Springs, Miss., has asked Jackson County for a $37.5 million loan in order to comply with President Obama's mandates, including implementing an electronic health record system, according to a Mississippi Press news report.

The financially struggling health system is already $100 million in debt. Although the SRHS already has an electronic system in place that allows physicians to access records, it still needs approximately $22 million just to incorporate other functionalities such as clinical decision support. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, physicians and hospitals must deploy EHRs by 2015 or be subject to financial penalties.

Read the news report about Singing River Health System's request for a loan.

Read other coverage about meaningful use:

- Ambulatory EMRs May Not Achieve Meaningful Use, Despite High Levels of Confidence

HHS Urges Private Sector to Help Solve Health IT Problems

ONC Panel Pushes for Greater Transparency in Providers' Measures for Health Data Security

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