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HIMSS Analytics Honors Sutter Health with Stage 7 Award and Associated Clinics with Stage 7 Ambulatory Awards

CHICAGO (March 3, 2015) – HIMSS Analytics awarded Sutter Health’s Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, Calif. with a  Stage 7 Award, and its Palo Alto Medical Foundation clinics throughout the Bay Area with Stage 7 Ambulatory Awards.

Stage 7 Award: HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database. 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.

Stage 7 Ambulatory Award: Developed in 2011, the EMR Ambulatory Adoption Model provides a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for ambulatory facilities owned by hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database.  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.

During the fourth quarter of 2014, only 3.6 percent of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics® Database received the Stage 7 Award, and only 6.21  percent of the more than 30,000 ambulatory clinics in the HIMSS Analytics® Database received the Stage 7 Ambulatory Award.

“This Stage 7 recognition from HIMSS Analytics serves as testament to the hard work and commitment of our dedicated physicians, nurses, clinicians, allied health professionals and information services staff.  It is both acknowledgement and validation of our continuing commitment to provide the safest, highest quality care and comfort to those we serve,” said Jon Manis, senior vice president and chief information officer, Sutter Health.

Serving patients and their families in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns, Sutter Health doctors, not-for-profit hospitals and other health care service providers share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. The Sutter Medical Network includes many of California’s top-performing, highest-quality physician organizations as measured annually by the Integrated Healthcare Association. Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women’s and children’s services, cancer care, orthopedics and advanced patient-safety technology.

“Sutter Health’s EHR implementation is a star example for California and the west coast. The health care network expertly involves its medical staff to drive clinical transformation across its hospitals and care centers—all enabled by a comprehensive EHR system. Its care centers consistently use the EHR technology, showing strong system governance and well-delivered education,” said John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, executive vice president, HIMSS Analytics.

Sutter Health will be recognized at the 2015 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on April 12-16, 2015, in Chicago, Ill.

Visit the HIMSS Analytics web site for more information on the Stage 7 award and Stage 7 Ambulatory Award.

About HIMSS Analytics
HIMSS Analytics collects, analyzes and distributes essential health IT data related to products, costs, metrics, trends and purchase decisions.  It delivers quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, IT companies, governmental entities, financial, pharmaceutical and consulting companies. Visit www.himssanalytics.org.

HIMSS Analytics is a part of HIMSS, a cause-based, global enterprise that produces health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share the cause of transforming health and healthcare through the best use of IT.  HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

March 3, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

HIMSS Analytics Honors Kaiser Permanente System With Stage 7 Ambulatory Award

The HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Ambulatory Award honors ambulatory facilities operating in a paperless environment and representing best practices in implementing EHR

CHICAGO (January 22, 2015) – HIMSS Analytics recognized 350 Kaiser Permanente ambulatory clinics with its Stage 7 Ambulatory Award. The award represents Kaiser Permanente’s attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model™ (EMRAM), which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems.
 
Developed in 2011, the EMR Ambulatory Adoption Model provides a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for ambulatory facilities owned by hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database. Stage 7 represents the highest level of EMR adoption and indicates a health system’s advanced electronic patient record environment.
 
During the third quarter of 2014, only 4.37 percent of the more than 27,000 U.S. ambulatory clinics in the HIMSS Analytics® Database received the Stage 7 Ambulatory Award.
 
“Kaiser Permanente is proud to be part of the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Awards since they first began recognizing hospitals in 2009. It’s a rigorous and highly sought after award that recognizes health care organizations for using EHRs at the highest level to improve quality of care, patient safety and process performance,” said Dick Daniels, interim chief information officer, Kaiser Permanente. “Today, all 350 of our eligible ambulatory clinics received the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Ambulatory Award. Kaiser Permanente is the largest group in that category. Add our 37 HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Hospital Awards and we feel confident that our EHR adoption is maximizing care delivery throughout our integrated delivery system.”
 
Kaiser Permanente currently serves approximately 9.5 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.
 
“Kaiser Permanente has clearly met and exceeded all criteria for an ambulatory Stage 7 organization. They have a complete electronic patient medical record with appropriate ubiquitous access to support patient care in all Kaiser Permanente facilities across the country,” said John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, executive vice president, HIMSS Analytics. “With world class analytics, Kaiser Permanente has shown the value of a very comprehensive EHR and the business and clinical analytics to improve care, quality, safety, and efficiency on a world class basis.”
 
Kaiser Permanente will be recognized at the 2015 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition onApril 12-16, 2015, in Chicago, Ill.
 
Visit the HIMSS Analytics website for more information on the Stage 7 award.
 
About HIMSS Analytics
HIMSS Analytics collects, analyzes and distributes essential health IT data related to products, costs, metrics, trends and purchase decisions.  It delivers quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, IT companies, governmental entities, financial, pharmaceutical and consulting companies. Visit www.himssanalytics.org.
 
HIMSS Analytics is a part of HIMSS, a cause-based, global enterprise that produces health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share the cause of transforming health and healthcare through the best use of IT.  HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

January 22, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

HIMSS Analytics Recognizes Three-State Group of Ambulatory Clinics with Stage 7 Award

CHICAGO (April 11, 2013) – Since 2005, HIMSS Analytics has tracked progress of electronic medical record implementation with its EMR Adoption Model? (EMRAM) for hospitals. Now, HIMSS Analytics announces that 54 Essentia Health ambulatory clinics, located in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin, have reached Stage 7 on The Ambulatory EMR Adoption ModelSM (A-EMRAM).

Developed in 2011, the EMR Ambulatory Adoption Model provides a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for ambulatory facilities owned by hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database.  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.

Stage 7 ambulatory facilities:

  • Deliver patient care without the use of paper charts;
  • Use their EMR and patient portal to drive patient engagement, and thus, improved health status through better health maintenance;
  • Use their vast database of clinical information and evidence based practice guidance to improve  outcomes using business intelligence solutions; and
  • Are able to share patient information through private and public health information exchanges (HIE), which improves communications, speeds up appropriate care delivery, and ultimately, reduces unnecessary consumption.

The validation process confirms ambulatory facilities have reached Stage 7 with a site visit conducted by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and a Chief Medical Information Officer with ambulatory deployment experience to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments.  Visiting a representative ambulatory clinic or clinics that deployed the same EMR applications and software, the validation team conducts both a comprehensive system overview and an analytics review to ensure improved health status indicators and understanding of the effectiveness of their patient engagement strategy.

“Having a common electronic medical record that spans our integrated delivery system is a key strategy for Essentia Health.  As we focus on changing models of care, quality initiatives and new payment models, our EMR has been instrumental in allowing Essentia to adapt quickly to these trends,” says Dennis Dassenko, Chief Information Officer, Essentia Health System.

“Rich ambulatory health IT tools and real-time analytics have provided operational and clinical leadership the opportunity to change care models as we become an Accountable Care Organization (ACO).  It also allows us to improve patient care by closing care gaps and improving quality metrics,” says Thomas H. Wiig, MD, FACS, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Essentia Health.  “Patient involvement on care councils and at medical section meetings has provided valuable feedback about optimizing our secure patient portal and other patient care tools, and adds to our goal of increased patient engagement.”

“Essentia operates in a paperless environment using its fully deployed, multi-specialty EMR as the backbone for its comprehensive analytics program, which is tied to a patient engagement strategy resulting in improved health status in asthma care and congestive heart failure,” says John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS Analytics. “Serving a wide geographic area over several states, the Essentia clinics have adapted their program to fit a complex environment. With improved documentation, the claims denial rate has plummeted from the mid-teens to only 1 percent.”

As the current data on the A-EMRAM indicates, as of March 30, 2013, HIMSS Analytics has recognized only:

  • 1.10 percent of 19,234 ambulatory facilities at Stage 6; and
  • 0.9 percent of 19,234 ambulatory facilities at Stage 7.

An explanation of each stage appears on the HIMSS Analytics website. Visit the HIMSS Analytics website for more information on the A-EMRAM.

About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. The company collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics delivers high quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms.  Visit www.himssanalytics.org/ for more information.

May 28, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Health IT Advances as HIMSS Analytics Names First Stage 7 Ambulatory Clinics

CHICAGO (April 09, 2013) – Since 2005, HIMSS Analytics has tracked progress of electronic medical record implementation with its EMR Adoption Model? (EMRAM) for hospitals. Now, HIMSS Analytics announces the ambulatory clinics of NorthShore University HealthSystem as the first group of ambulatory facilities to reach Stage 7 on The Ambulatory EMR Adoption ModelSM (A-EMRAM).

Developed in 2011, the EMR Ambulatory Adoption Model provides a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for ambulatory facilities owned by hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database. 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.

Stage 7 ambulatory facilities:

  • Deliver patient care without the use of paper charts;
  • Use their EMR and patient portal to drive patient engagement, and thus, improved health status through better health maintenance;
  • Use their vast database of clinical information and evidence based practice guidance to improve  outcomes using business intelligence solutions; and
  • Are able to share patient information through private and public health information exchanges (HIE), which improves communications, speeds up appropriate care delivery, and ultimately, reduces unnecessary consumption.

The validation process confirms ambulatory facilities have reached Stage 7 with a site visit conducted by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and a Chief Medical Information Officer with ambulatory deployment experience to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments.  Visiting a representative ambulatory clinic or clinics that deployed the same EMR applications and software, the validation team conducts both a comprehensive system overview and an analytics review to ensure improved health status indicators and understanding of the effectiveness of their patient engagement strategy.

“It is an honor to be recognized by HIMSS Analytics as the first organization to achieve Stage 7 with its ambulatory clinics.  It is a testament to our leadership team and the work done by our clinicians and medical group, as well as our operations, information technology, analytics and training personnel,” said Steven Smith, Chief Information Officer at NorthShore.  “Their dedication and commitment to working together and improving the safety and quality of care for our patients is what differentiates NorthShore.”

As the current data on the A-EMRAM indicates, as of March 30, 2013, HIMSS Analytics has recognized only:

  • 1.10 percent of 19,234 ambulatory facilities at Stage 6; and
  • 0.9 percent of 19,234 ambulatory facilities at Stage 7.

An explanation of each stage appears on the HIMSS Analytics website.

”The ambulatory clinics at NorthShore University HealthSystem offer a fully deployed, multi-specialty EMR, which is utilized in a completely paperless environment with a comprehensive analytics program that combines demographics and disease occurrence for informing public health agencies. Combined with their acute care environment, these clinics represent a comprehensive view of the patient’s medical record to all caregivers in any clinic location. Their patient engagement strategy has proven to enhance market share and significantly reduce ‘patient leakage’ to other providers in the crowded Chicago market,” says John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS Analytics.

Visit the HIMSS Analytics website for more information on the A-EMRAM.

About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. The company collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics delivers high quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms.  Visit www.himssanalytics.org/ for more information.

April 30, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

HIMSS Analytics Honors Florida Hospital North Pinellas with Stage 7 Award

CHICAGO (January 3, 2013) – HIMSS Analytics recognizes Florida Hospital North Pinellas, an Adventist Health System facility in Tarpon Spring, Fla., with its Stage 7 Award. The award represents attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM)?, which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems.

HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database. There are eight stages (0-7) that measure a hospital’s implementation and use 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.                 

“Adventist Health System, through Florida Hospital North Pinellas, is leading the way in electronic medical records adoption thanks to our skilled physicians and staff,” said Bruce Bergherm, Florida Hospital North Pinellas CEO. “Locally, it takes a significant amount of time and manpower to ensure we are using the systems appropriately, something that would have been even more challenging without the support and leadership from Adventist Health System. Becoming only the second hospital in Florida to accomplish this high level of technological integration and advancement demonstrates our dedication to offering the highest quality and safest care to our patients.”

“This hospital has come a long way in a very short time, after implementing 85 different systems in February 2012.  It is obvious to me that all staff was behind the transition to an EMR and see the value in its use,” says John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS Analytics. “As of Quarter 3, 2012, Florida Hospital North Pinellas is among the 103 U.S. facilities, or 1.9 percent, of the more than 5,000 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics® Database, to be awarded the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award.”

Florida Hospital North Pinellas will be recognized at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, La., on March 3-7, 2013. Visit the HIMSS Analytics website for more information on the Stage 7 award.

About Florida Hospital North Pinellas and Adventist Health System

Florida Hospital North Pinellas, located in Tarpon Springs, is a member of The Florida Hospital network of the Adventist Health System, the largest health care provider in the state. Founded in 1973, Adventist Health System has quickly grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant health care provider in the nation. Today, Adventist Health System supports 43 hospitals in 10 states and employs nearly 55,000 individuals. Each year The Florida Hospital network cares for nearly one million residents and visitors each year.  As a 168-bed, full-service hospital, Florida Hospital North Pinellas serves both the Pinellas and Pasco communities of west central Florida. For more information, please visit our website:  FHNorthPinellas.com

About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. The company collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics delivers high quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms. Visit www.himssanalytics.org/ for more information.

January 31, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

HIMSS Analytics Honors Texas Health Alliance with Stage 7 Award

CHICAGO (December 20, 2012) – HIMSS Analytics recognizes Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance (Texas Health Alliance), in Fort Worth, Texas, with its Stage 7 Award. The award represents attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM)?, which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems.

HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database. There are eight stages (0-7) that measure a hospital’s implementation and use 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.

Texas Health Alliance is a 50-bed, multi-service hospital offering acute care and wellness services to residents of North Fort Worth. The hospital, which opened in September this year, is part of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources health care system. The hospital’s services include emergency medicine, women and infant services, neonatal intensive care, imaging, physical therapy, surgery, cardiac rehabilitation, occupational health, and wellness programs. Texas Health Alliance opened with a fully integrated electronic health record and computerized physician order entry, as well as many other innovative uses of technology to facilitate patient care delivery and care management by providers and clinicians.

“Being designated as a Stage 7 facility validates the commitment and dedication our care teams have to utilizing technology for improved patient safety, care coordination and ease of use for our caregivers.  It is also recognition for the entire Texas Health Resources family as we showcase the outcomes we have been able to achieve across the enterprise as part of our EHR journey,” says  Winjie Tang Miao, president of Texas Health Alliance.

“Texas Health Alliance has demonstrated all of the necessary EMR capabilities to achieve the Stage 7 Award recognition. The use of standardized content from the Texas Health Resources enterprise, gleaned from years of experience across all Texas Health hospitals, resulted in the rapid clinician adoption of the EHR in this brand new hospital facility. Texas Health Alliance demonstrated over 95 percent utilization of CPOE, driven predominately by well-designed order set content, along with advanced clinical decision support alerts that support best practice protocols,” says John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS Analytics. “Texas Health Alliance also demonstrated the use of an enterprise data warehouse environment that is used to monitor and manage best practice alerts as well as core measures as well as a high level of patient safety with its closed loop medication administration environment. Texas Health Alliance serves as a great role model for other U.S. hospitals to emulate for improving patient care, safety, and quality.”

As of Quarter 3, 2012, Texas Health Alliance is among the 103 U.S. facilities, or 1.9 percent, of the more than 5,000 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics® Database, to be awarded the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award.

The hospital will be recognized at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, La., on March 3-7, 2013. Visit theHIMSS Analytics website for more information on the Stage 7 award.

About Texas Health Resources Alliance Hospital

Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 25 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, Huguley Memorial Medical Center, Texas Health Physicians Group, outpatient facilities, behavioral health and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. The company collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics delivers high quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms. Visit www.himssanalytics.org/ for more information.

January 28, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

HIMSS Analytics Report Helps Professionals Navigate Health IT Landscape

Essentials of the US Hospital IT Market – 7th Edition provides a current overview and future projections of the US hospital IT market

CHICAGO (July 17, 2012) – With the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act/HITECH, meaningful use and 5010/ICD-10 changing the provider landscape, understanding and tracking industry trends and expenditures is vital to drive business. The Essentials of the US Hospital IT Market – 7th Edition provides the latest health IT market intelligence captured from the HIMSS Analytics® Database of more than 5,300 hospitals and 32,000 medical facilities in the United States.

“In 2011, we saw further proof that the ARRA/HITECH act is making a demonstrable effect in the US market. We have seen solid growth into the upper stages of the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model with  nearly double the  number of hospitals reaching  Stage 5 on the EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM)℠,” said John P. Hoyt, Executive Vice President, HIMSS Analytics.  “With the  initial Pioneer ACOs selected for the Accountable Care Organization program,  more organizations are now preparing for bundled payments with investments in health IT  that support continuity of care and payment reform.”

The new edition includes:

  • A new chapter on laboratory;
  • Tools to help improve forecasts based on HIMSS Analytics’ insight into industry trends, IT spending and purchasing plans;
  • Information to help identify the right sectors in which to invest for the highest potential ROI;
  • Insight into emerging market drivers; and
  • Assistance in monitoring the market position of key health IT solution providers.

Investors, consultants and healthcare software vendors can use the report to:

·         Learn more about relevant topics for their business or clients;

·         Set realistic goals for their teams; and

·         Support their business plan with market research.

For example, the report includes:

·         Five-year compounded annual growth rate market spend forecast for hospital IT (operating, capital and total) and more than 70 key hospital IT applications; and

·         Fifteen in-depth application overviews including EMR, patient safety, bar coding, health information management, revenue cycle management and financial applications.

Learn more about Essentials of the US Hospital IT Market – 7th Edition. The report is available in its entirety, by financial or ARRA clinical volumes, or by individual chapters. Contact Amy Bergau for more information on Essentials.

About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of HIMSS. The company collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics delivers high-quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, health IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms.

July 31, 2012 I Written By

HIMSS Analytics Introduces Framework for Ambulatory Health IT Adoption

In 2009, the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey reported 1 billion visits to office-based physicians in the United States

CHICAGO (June 11, 2012) – With U.S. healthcare focused on improving care delivery with meaningful use of health information technology, HIMSS Analytics continues to track progress of electronic medical record implementation with its EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM) for hospitals, and now, for ambulatory facilities.  The Ambulatory EMR Adoption ModelSM (A-EMRAM) now tracks IT adoption in more than 28,000 ambulatory facilities in the HIMSS Analytics® Database that are part of a hospital or hospital system, such as physician practices, clinics, outpatient centers and specialty clinics.

HIMSS Analytics recognized the need for this evaluation tool, since more than 26 percent of healthcare expenditures relate to ambulatory care, according to the Centers for Medicare &  Medicaid Services.  “We want to identify the vital health IT systems, and best practices around the use of those systems, while at the same time, provide industry research to help guide ambulatory facilities as they strive to adopt health IT systems that improve outcomes and patient convenience,” says John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS Analytics.

Software and healthcare providers reviewed the A-EMRAM during its development providing valuable feedback and guidance to HIMSS Analytics in establishing realistic and achievable metrics for each stage.  Just as with hospitals, HIMSS Analytics will conduct an on-site visit of ambulatory facilities to verify the Stage 7 ranking.

The A-EMRAM offers a framework for dialogue on IT implementation not only in the United States, but also, in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, where HIMSS Analytics will use this tool. “We want to ‘push the market’ because we believe ambulatory facilities should be able to reach Stage 7 with the health IT software now available in the marketplace. However, we also know it will take some time for these same facilities to achieve this level of sophistication, which requires participation in a health information exchange, use of a community medical record and analysis and application of clinical and business intelligence to help improve patient care.”

The A-EMRAM now measures those ambulatory facilities tethered to a hospital or hospital system, and it can be adapted to include independent physician practices and other un-tethered ambulatory sites.  As the current data on the A-EMRAM indicates, of the 9,247  ambulatory facilities now reporting data in the HIMSS Analytics database, none is at Stage 7 and 1.2 percent rank at Stage 6.  Just over one-third, or 34 percent, is at Stage 2 with almost half, or 48 percent, paper-chart based at Stage 0.  An explanation of each stage appears on the HIMSS Analytics website.

Like the acute care EMRAM, the basic A-EMRAM construct was devised before the final definition of Meaningful Use Stage 1 for Eligible Providers.  HIMSS Analytics will publish a more detailed white paper on the correlations between the current meaningful use Stage 1 regulations for eligible providers, knowing that it may change when meaningful use Stage 2 regulations are finalized later in 2012.  However, most likely, an A-EMRAM Stage 4 facility will meet the criteria to qualify for Stage 1 incentives for meaningful use for Core measures and for five of the Menu measures including the public health objectives.

Visit theHIMSS Analytics website for more information on the A-EMRAM.
About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. The company collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics delivers high quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms.  Visit www.himssanalytics.org/ for more information.

June 26, 2012 I Written By

HIMSS Analytics Recognizes The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center with Stage 7 Award

The HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 award honors hospitals operating in a paperless environment and representing best practices in implementing EMR

CHICAGO (May 29, 2012) – HIMSS Analytics announced that The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, has received its Stage 7 Award for four hospitals. These include: The Ohio State University Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital; The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute; The Ohio State University Hospital; and The Ohio State University Hospital East.  The Stage 7 award represents attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model (EMRAM), which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems.

“We are very excited to receive the Stage 7 Award. We believe this designation is important beyond the award itself, because the criteria are structured to represent the advanced use of technology to improve patient care and working toward this award has helped us realize our mission of improving people’s lives,” says Phyllis Teater, MBA, Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice President, Health Services, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database. 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 hospitals will be recognized at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, La. on March 3-7, 2013. As of Quarter 1, 2012, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is one of only 86 U.S. facilities, or 1.2 percent, of the more than 5,000 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database, to be awarded the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award.

“This award is a tribute to the hard work of every member of our team,” says Dr. Steven G. Gabbe, Chief Executive Officer of Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. “Our electronic system will allow us to provide more efficient, effective and better coordinated care to our patients. Patient records are in a central, secure location where health providers can access to their patients’ current health information.

“Our electronic system also gives patients more ownership over their own medical care through the patient portal. They can review their health history, read over test results and see records from doctor’s appointments and inpatient hospital stays. This will help patients become the active participants in their own health.”

“The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is an extremely data-driven organization with outstanding clinical and business intelligence and a tightly scheduled, successful training process,” says John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS Analytics. “Ohio State has changed the culture and expectations of health IT through this process by moving from a best of breed, multi-vendor environment to a primary vendor-focused environment. With the elimination of 169 interfaces, the primary vendor focus enabled enterprise-wide, evidence-based standardization beyond anything previously possible.

Visit the HIMSS Analytics Web site for more information on the Stage 7 award.

About The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Located in Columbus, Ohio, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is one of the largest and most diverse academic medical centers in the country and the only academic medical center in central Ohio. Our mission is to improve people’s lives through innovation in research, education and patient care. Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center is a national leader in developing personalized health care based on each person’s unique biology, behavior and environment.

About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. The company collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics delivers high quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms.  Visit www.himssanalytics.org/ for more information.

June 5, 2012 I Written By

HIMSS Analytics Recognizes Banner Health with Stage 7 Award

The HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 award honors hospitals operating in a paperless environment and representing best practices in implementing EMR

CHICAGO (May 3, 2012) – HIMSS Analytics announced that Banner Health, headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., has received its Stage 7 Award for 17 of its 23 hospitals, which are located in seven western states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. The Stage 7 award represents attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model (EMRAM), which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems.

HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database. 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 hospitals will be recognized at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, La. on March 3-7, 2013. As of Quarter 1, 2012, Banner Health is one of only 66 U.S. facilities, or 1.2 percent, of the more than 5,000 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database, to be awarded the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award.

“While achieving HIMSS Stage Seven for 17 of Banner’s 23 hospitals is an important organizational achievement, the most important beneficiaries are our patients,” said Banner Health’s Executive Vice President/Chief Medical Officer John Hensing, M.D. “Our meaningful use of enhanced electronic medical records is integrated into our patient care processes and even targeted to help our clinicians proactively recognize and treat specific and dangerous disorders such as sepsis and delirium,” he added.

“Operating as ‘one hospital with 23 locations,’ Banner Health exemplifies a strong culture of change, enabling IT to drive process standardization. This health system includes the first critical access hospitals at this level of EMR sophistication, with five critical access hospitals among the 17 at Stage 7. With more than 90 percent of all medical orders being directly entered into the system by the medical staff, the quality and safety is significantly enhanced for all Banner patients,” said John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS Analytics. “The world-class simulation center for clinician training and creative tools used to build specific views of patient health data also support Banner Health’s data-driven environment resulting in the Stage 7 achievement.”

Visit the HIMSS Analytics Web site for more information on the Stage 7 award.

About Banner Health

Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system owns or leases 23 acute-care hospitals, Banner Health Network, Banner Medical Group, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services including family clinics, home care and hospice services, and a nursing registry. Banner Health is in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming

About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. The company collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics delivers high quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms.  Visit www.himssanalytics.org/ for more information.

May 12, 2012 I Written By