HIMSS Analytics announced it is recognizing UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, CA, with its Stage 7 Award. The award represents attainment of the highest level on the HIMSS Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model 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.
Additionally, the award means UC Davis is among only 102 U.S. facilities (1.8 percent) of the more than 5,000 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database to achieve Stage 7 status.
"This award is an independent assessment of how information technology has been deployed in the UC Davis Medical Center to support clinicians and patient care," said Michael Minear, Chief Information Officer for the UC Davis Health System. "This level of EMR adoption can only be achieved, if all elements of the organization work closely together and deliver excellence in the use of IT."
John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS Analytics, adds: "UC Davis Medical Center operates in a paperless environment with any paper in use, such as code sheets, scanned into the EMR within 30 minutes. In fact, the hospital deploys roaming scanning teams, going from unit-to-unit to verify that scanning is fast and accurate."
Hoyt also notes the hospital:
- relies on a team approach for IT governance, with nurse and physician champions actively involved in this process;
- uses secondary data for clinical and business intelligence and research; recognizes, and is now reviewing, the impact of ICD-10 on the EMR; and
- offers capability for telemedicine information exchange.
UC Davis Medical Center will be recognized at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans March 3-7, 2013. For more information, visit www.medicalcenter.ucdavis.edu and www.himssanalytics.org/.