Baptist Health receives Stage 6 recognition from HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics announced that Baptist Health has achieved Stage 6 on the EMR Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM). As of February 2013, just 8.6 percent of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals tracked by HIMSS Analytics had reached Stage 6 on its Electronic Medical Record Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM). As of February 2013, there are 472 US hospitals that have achieved Stage 6.   

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.  

“Receiving national recognition of Baptist Health’s efforts in using information technology to provide even better care for our patients is very exciting,” said Wanda Sims, CIO of Baptist Health. “The HIMSS Stage 6 designation reflects Baptist Health’s commitment to the highest levels of patient safety and quality care in our electronic medical record adoption.”   

Stage 6 hospitals
  • 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, claims attachments for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, pay for performance, and government quality reporting programs.  

“Being the first and only hospital in Alabama to achieve this level of recognition by HIMSS is a testament to our physicians and staff who use our electronic medical record and their dedication to providing the best care for our patients,” said Sims. “Being in the top 8 percent of all hospitals across the country is truly something our entire community can take pride in.”  

“HIMSS Analytics congratulates Baptist Health 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 472 US hospitals have reached to date.”