Porter Hospital issued CON amendment to finish installation of electronic records system

Dale Schaft, Information Management Officer, 802-828-4872
01/03/2013 (All day)

MONTPELIER – Steve Kimbell, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation, announced today that Porter Hospital in Middlebury has been issued an amendment to its 2010 certificate of need (CON) that approved the installation and implementation of a health information and electronic medical records system (HIS/EMR).

The amendment addresses the project’s cost overrun, which amounts to 63 percent or an increase from $4.3 million to $7.1 million.

Kimbell said the significant increase was unusual in Vermont.

“Other Vermont hospitals have successfully completed similar projects within budget,” he said.

He also said that failing to complete the project would undermine the hospital’s ability to provide proper health care to the community and therefore modifying the original certificate of need to reflect the cost overrun was the best course of action.

“It is impossible to order Porter to remove its HIS/EMR system and it is impossible to recover the money it has spent,” he said, “and fining the hospital for its failure to adhere to the 2010 CON would be counter-productive.”

Porter will be required to submit monthly reports to DFR on the progress of the project, which is now slated to be finished in 2014.