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EMH Healthcare Receives "Stage 6" Recognition from HIMSS Analytics for Electronic Medical Records

For Immediate Release


Kristen R. Davis - EMH Healthcare

ELYRIA, OH – EMH Healthcare is proud to announce that it has achieved Stage 6 on the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model.  The second highest level a hospital of any size can achieve, this is a tremendous accomplishment currently obtained by only 7.3% of U.S. hospitals.

HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned, not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).  The EMR Adoption Model was developed in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database.  Tracking their progress in completing eight stages (0 – 7), hospitals can review the implementation and utilization of information technology applications with the intent of reaching Stage 7, which represents an advanced electronic patient record environment.

Hospitals judged to have reached Stage 6 on the EMR Adoption Model:

  • Have made significant executive commitments and investments to reach this stage
  • Appear to have a significant advantage over competitors for patient safety, clinician support, clinician recruitment, and competitive marketing for both consumers and nurse recruitment
  • Have almost fully automated/paperless medical records when they have implemented their IT applications across most of the inpatient care settings
  • Are either starting to evaluate their data for care delivery process improvements or have already documented significant improvements in this area
  • Have made investments that are within reach of most hospitals and recognize the strategic value of improving patient care with EMR
  • Have begun to create strategic alignments with their medical staff to effectively utilize information technology to improve the patient safety environment
  • Are well positioned to provide data to key stakeholders, such as payers, the government, physicians, consumers, and employers, to support electronic health record environments and health information exchanges

Stage 6 hospitals also have achieved a significant advancement in their IT capabilities that positions them to successfully address many of the current industry transformations, such as meaningful use criteria in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, claims attachments for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, pay for performance, and government quality reporting programs.

EMH Healthcare has made tremendous improvements in technology in recent years, including extending the PACS (picture archiving and communication system) beyond radiology to the emergency department and cardiology department; implementing an electronic health record throughout the hospital and emergency care centers; and implementing MAK (medication administration check) as well as CPOM (computerized physician order management).

“For the past three years, we’ve been working to adopt technology that improves patient safety,” said Charlotte Wray, Chief Clinical and Information Officer, EMH Healthcare.  “Supporting the physicians, nurses and technicians at EMH as they deliver very complex clinical care using an electronic health record improves safety, communication and efficiency, while reducing the opportunity for error.”

EMH Healthcare is continuing to work diligently with physicians and staff across all service lines with the goal of attaining Stage 7 in the near future.

About EMH Healthcare

EMH Healthcare’s mission is to improve the health of our community through safe, high-quality and cost-effective care. To fulfill this mission, EMH Elyria Medical Center, EMH Amherst Campus, The EMH Center for Health & Fitness in Avon, and a multi-disciplinary medical staff provide services to meet the needs of the community.  EMH Elyria Medical Center was founded in 1908 as a community hospital and is committed to providing expert care and exceptional caring to all. For more information, visit www.emh-healthcare.org

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