UC Health Recognized for Electronic Health Record Adoption

UC Health has been awarded Stage 7 status by HIMSS Analytics® for its adoption of a paperless medical record at University of Cincinnati Medical Center and many of its ambulatory practices.

The academic health system will be honored at the 2017 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition Feb. 19-23, 2017, in Orlando, Fla.UCMC-modified-photo

UC Medical Center, specifically, has received the HIMSS Analytics EMRAM Stage 7 Award and 167 of UC Health’s ambulatory practices have received Stage 7 Ambulatory Awards.

The EMRAM (Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model) Stage 7 Award to UC Medical Center puts UC Health among the top 5 percent of more than 5,400 hospitals/hospital systems across the country in the HIMSS Analytics Logic™ system to have made it to a paperless medical record. Less than 8 percent of the more than 34,000 ambulatory clinics in HIMSS Analytics Logic have received the Stage 7 Ambulatory Award.

“UC Health is honored to be recognized for our significant adoption of the electronic health record by achieving HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 in both our acute and ambulatory care settings,” said Jay Brown, UC Health senior vice president and chief information officer. “This accomplishment is due to our commitment to improved patient outcomes through the expanded use of information technology.

“As the region’s only academic health system, we are surrounded by innovators and visionary leaders who have recognized the importance of leveraging these tools. The HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award highlights our dedication to delivering the highest quality of care and enhancing the experience of our patients.”

The HIMSS Analytics EMRAM Stage 7 Award was developed in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in HIMSS Analytics Logic™.  There are eight stages (0-7) that measure a hospital’s implementation and utilization of information technology applications.

The final stage, Stage 7, represents an advanced patient record environment. The validation process to confirm a hospital has reached Stage 7 includes a site visit by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and former or current chief information officers to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments.

The Stage 7 Ambulatory Award, developed in 2011, provides a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for ambulatory facilities owned by hospitals. These facilities include physician practices, clinics, outpatient centers and specialty clinics. Tracking their progress in completing eight stages (0-7), ambulatory facilities can review the implementation and use of IT applications with the intent of reaching Stage 7, which represents an advanced electronic patient record environment.

“UC Health has gone above and beyond the EMRAM Stage 7 criteria. They have already extended the closed-loop medication administration process to their infusion clinic and for interventional radiology cases. Combined with a strong population health program, the UC Health team is making a real difference in their community,” said John Daniels, global vice president, health care advisory services group, HIMSS Analytics.

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