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  • HIMSS Analytics Honors Einstein Healthcare Network with Stage 6 Recognition

    Published: 01/16/2012

    Einstein Healthcare Network becomes part of the only 4.4 percent (of the more than 5,300 U.S. hospitals) tracked by HIMSS Analytics to reach Stage 6 on its Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model℠ (EMRAM).

    HIMSS Analytics announced Einstein Healthcare Network (EHN) has achieved Stage 6 on the EMR Adoption ModelSM.  Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia and Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park have both been recognized with the achievement. The acute care facilities are among the first in the Philadelphia region to achieve this recognition.

    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 Hospital Criteria:

    • 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 of 2009, claims attachments for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, pay for performance, and government quality reporting programs.

    Throughout the last two years, Einstein Healthcare Network implemented a single electronic medical record across its Einstein Philadelphia and Einstein Elkins Park campuses. The network is utilizing advanced capabilities such as barcode medication administration, computerized physician order entry and clinical decision support tools to improve medication safety and create a highly reliable process for patient safety.

    "We are pleased that our Philadelphia and Elkins Park campuses are among the first in the region to have reached the HIMSS stage 6 level for advanced electronic medical records," said CEO Barry Freedman. "Thanks to the commitment of our skilled physicians and staff we were able to accomplish this huge level of technology integration and advancement. The recognition demonstrates our dedication to offering the highest quality and safest care to our patients."

    Later this year, the electronic medical record will be rolled out to more than 150 Einstein Physician offices as well as extended to the new acute care campus, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, scheduled to open in September.

    "HIMSS Analytics congratulates Einstein Healthcare Network 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 292 hospitals have reached to date."

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