Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance is one of 103 facilities nationwide to be recognized for operating at the highest level of electronic medical record adoption: a paperless environment that helps improve efficiency, quality of care and patient safety.
Texas Health Alliance, which opened in September, earned the Stage 7 Award from Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics, the nation's major health information technology association. Stage 7 is the highest level on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model used to track progress at hospitals and health systems.
The computer-based electronic health record collects, organizes, shares and manages clinical and administrative information, and is used by physicians on the medical staff, nurses and caregivers throughout the hospital and with other linked facilities.
HIMSS Analytics developed an adoption model in 2005 to evaluate the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database. Eight stages (0-7) measure a hospital's implementation and use of information technology applications. In Stage 7, the hospital is truly paperless and clinical information can be readily shared through electronic transactions with all entities (other hospitals, ambulatory sub-acute environments, employers, payers and patients).
The Stage 7 validation process includes a site visit by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and chief information officers to ensure an unbiased evaluation.
All 14 wholly owned Texas Health Resources hospitals are linked through the electronic health record and have achieved at least Stage 6 on the adoption model. Reaching the sixth of seven stages means the hospitals have implemented barcode medication verification to help prevent medication errors. Only 9 percent of U.S. hospitals have reached Stages 6 or 7.
The hospital will be recognized at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans on March 3-7, 2013.