UMass Memorial Health Care Reaches HIMSS Analytics Stage 7
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Contact: Tony Berry
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WORCESTER, Mass. – HIMSS Analytics announced that UMass Memorial Health Care (UMass Memorial) has achieved Stage 7 recognition – a distinction shared by a very small percentage of health care organizations. UMass Memorial is the largest health care system in Central Massachusetts and has the region’s only Level I Trauma Center.
The HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) for hospitals and O-EMRAM for outpatient, incorporates methodology and algorithms to automatically score hospitals and ambulatory sites around the world relative to their electronic medical records (EMR) capabilities. This eight-stage (0 to 7) model measures the adoption and utilization of EMR functions. As of June 2018, only six percent of hospitals and 11 percent of ambulatory sites have achieved HIMSS Stage 7.
Stage 7 health care systems no longer use paper charts to deliver and manage patient care and have a mixture of discrete data, document images, and medical images within its EMR environment. Data warehousing is being used to analyze patterns of clinical data to improve quality of care, patient safety and care delivery efficiency.
“Reaching this incredible achievement is a testament to the hard work, dedication and commitment of everyone in this organization,” said Eric Dickson, MD, president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care. “Our caregivers now have the tools and resources to reap the full benefits of our Epic EMR system and all that it has to offer. This greatly advances the cause of patient-centered care at UMass Memorial. I am grateful to our Chief Information Officer, Tim Tarnowski, for his incredible work ethic and leadership in guiding the team that has transformed our entire organization in a very short period. This is one of the most significant achievements in the history of our organization.”
At Stage 7, clinical information can be readily shared with all authorized members of each patient’s care team via standardized electronic transactions or a health information exchange (like other non-associated hospitals, outpatient clinics, sub-acute environments, employers, payers and patients in a data sharing environment). Health care organizations at this stage demonstrate summary data continuity for all hospital services (inpatient, outpatient, emergency department, and with any owned or managed outpatient clinics).
“HIMSS Analytics congratulates UMass Memorial Health Care for achieving Stage 7 for both the acute care setting (EMRAM) and the ambulatory setting (OEMRAM). Stage 7 represents a culture of continuous improvement and care throughout the UMass Memorial organization and to the residents of Central Massachusetts” said Philip W. Bradley, FHIMSS, HIMSS Analytics Regional Director, North America.
UMass Memorial Health Care
UMass Memorial Health Care is the largest not-for-profit health care system in Central Massachusetts with more than 13,000 employees and 1,700 physicians, many of whom are members of UMass Memorial Medical Group. Our member hospitals and entities include UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital, UMass Memorial – Marlborough Hospital, UMass Memorial Medical Center and UMass Memorial – Community Healthlink, our behavioral health agency. With our teaching and research partner, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, our extensive primary care network and our cancer, diabetes, heart and vascular, orthopedic, and surgery programs, UMass Memorial delivers safe, high-quality and compassionate care. Visit www.umassmemorialhealthcare.org.
About HIMSS Analytics
HIMSS Analytics is a global healthcare IT market intelligence, research and standards organization assisting clientele in both healthcare delivery and healthcare technology solutions business development to make lasting improvements in efficiency and performance. www.himssanalytics.org