Winona Health recognized for Electronic Medical Record advancement

 HIMSS Analytics announced Winona Health has achieved Stage 6 on the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Adoption ModelSM. As of October 2012, only 6.7 percent, or 437, of more than 5,300 US hospitals tracked by HIMSS Analytics 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.

“More than 10 years ago, Winona Health was one of the pioneers in implementing an integrated Electronic Medical Record,” said Rachelle Schultz, Winona Health president/CEO. “This achievement reflects the ongoing efforts of our entire team including administration, IT staff, healthcare providers and clinicians.”

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 Information Technology (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

• government quality reporting programs

Dirk Thompson, MD, who joined Winona Health in May and chairs the organization’s IT committee, said, “One of the reasons I chose to join Winona Health is that I was impressed with the staff’s commitment to information technology. We continue to advance toward a more robust and integrated Electronic Medical Record system to increase patient safety, improve healthcare outcomes and give patients greater access to their medical records.”

“HIMSS Analytics congratulates the team at Winona 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 437 US hospitals have reached to date.”

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