HIMSS Analytics recognizes UC Davis Medical Center with its Stage 7 Award. The award represents attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, 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.
"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. This honor ultimately reflects our entire organization, one that focuses on better serving our patients. The Stage 7 award is a wonderful tribute to UC Davis' commitment to quality care and the improvement of clinical processes for the benefit of every patient."
"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" said John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, executive vice president, HIMSS Analytics.
Hoyt also noted 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, and more.
"This data-driven culture at UC Davis Medical Center is focused on education throughout the organization," Hoyt said. "As of Quarter 3, 2012, UC Davis Medical Center is among the 102 U.S. facilities, or 1.8%, of the more than 5,000 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database, to be awarded the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 award."
UC Davis Medical Center will be recognized at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, LA, March 3-7, 2013.