Methodist Hospitals Honored by HIMSS Analytics with Stage 6 Recognition

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As of August 2013, 10.2 percent of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals tracked by HIMSS Analytics had reached Stage 6 on its Electronic Medical Record Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM). As of August 2013, there were 556 US hospitals that have achieved Stage 6. Methodist Hospitals are 2 of 15 in the state of Indiana and the only hospitals in Lake or Porter County to be recognized as HIMSS EMRAM Stage 6.

Gary, IN (October, 2013) – HIMSS Analytics announced Methodist Hospitals have achieved Stage 6 on the EMR Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM). 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. 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.

Stage 6 hospitals

  • 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 the 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 (ARRA), claims attachments for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), pay for performance, and government quality reporting programs.

Achieving Stage 6 recognition goes far beyond installing an EMR. In 2010, Methodist Hospitals was the first in the region to implement Epic Systems EMR, the highest rated integrated healthcare software in the country. Stage 6 criteria focus on how we are using ourEMR to enhance patient care and safety. “The Methodist Board of Directors and Administration set the vision and mission to invest in the latest and best technology as a commitment to the community we serve. Our staff has made a real commitment in utilizing theEMR to enhance and optimize workflow with a focus on care and safety. Doctors, nurses and clinical areas, along with IT, spent countless hours designing, building and implementing a state of the art, patient focused system,” said Dr. Michael Davenport, President & Interim CEO at Methodist Hospitals.

In the past 2 years Methodist has expanded Epic beyond the hospital walls and into the physician offices by installing Epic Ambulatory, creating a seamless integration between office and hospitals visits. Next on the horizon for Methodist is EpicCare Link, a community outreach application to streamline the workflow with other agencies, hospitals and nursing homes.

“The implementation of EMR has transformed how we practice modern day medicine in a technologically advancing society. It has given us the ability to readily access medical information from hospitals, medical offices, remote electronic devices and even at the patient’s bedside. In addition, we have been able to create electronic documentation via voice recognition software, submit electronic orders instantaneously, and track quality and safety measures to optimize patient care,” said Rupesh Shah, M.D. Chairman of the Computer Physician Order Entry Committee (CPOE) at Methodist Hospitals.

“The state of the art transformation of Methodist Hospitals over the past few years has been truly amazing,” said Tim Diamond, Methodist Hospitals CIO. “Implementing an EMR as robust and complex as Epic is extremely challenging and takes overwhelming commitment from the entire organization. Workflow redesign, building and installing an EMR is just the beginning. Using the system in a meaningful way throughout the organization is the key to success in providing exceptional quality and safety of patient care. Commitment from the Methodist Board and Administration combined with the strong collaboration with doctors, nurses, clinical staff and IT have made Methodist a leader in utilizing technology to improve care in our community. We are very proud to be the only HIMSS EMRAM Stage 6 hospitals in NW Indiana.”

“HIMSS Analytics congratulates Methodist Hospitals for leading the way toward health IT adoption,” said John Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, Organizational Services, for HIMSS. “Stage 6 represents a level of sophistication that only 556 US hospitals have reached to date.”