Kaiser Health News, April 25, 2014
One of the biggest challenges American hospitals face right now is adopting electronic medical records systems. It's costing tens of billions of dollars, eating up tons of staff time and it's especially tough for the country's 2,000 rural and small town hospitals. Rural hospitals are typically cash strapped, and people with information technology skills can be hard to find outside of big cities. That means a lot of small hospitals are turning to bigger hospitals for help, and giving up some independence in return. The hospital in Red Lodge is one of these. A historic mining town just outside Yellowstone National Park, Red Lodge is about 60 miles west of Billings.