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Milford Regional Receives Recognition for Electronic Medical Record System

Jun 29, 2015 11:15AM ● Published by Pamela Johnson

Milford Regional Medical Center has been recognized by HIMSS Analytics for achieving Stage 6 on the Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM). As of May 2015, only 22 percent of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals (or 1,237 U.S. hospitals) tracked by HIMSS Analytics have reached this stage.
   
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 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.
"It was a real team effort led by our IT department that allowed us to achieve Stage 6 on the EMR Adoption Model," says Milford Regional President Edward J. Kelly. "The fact that only 22 percent of hospitals nationwide have met this goal is a real testament to the commitment demonstrated by the Milford Regional team to pursue full implementation of this important advancement in healthcare technology."

“HIMSS Analytics congratulates Milford Regional Medical Center for leading the way toward health IT adoption,” said John Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, executive vice president, HIMSS Analytics.  “Stage 6 represents a level of sophistication that only 1,237 U.S. hospitals have reached to date.”
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