Community Healthcare System hospitals hit Stage 7 for EMR adoption, HIMSS Analytics says

Only 3.7 percent of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database have received the award
By Bernie Monegain
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Three Community Healthcare System hospitals in Indiana have achieved Stage 7, the highest level on HIMSS Analytics' Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model.

Three Community Healthcare System hospitals in Indiana have achieved Stage 7, the highest level on HIMSS Analytics' Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model.

As of the second quarter of 2015, only 3.7 percent of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database have received the Stage 7 Award.

"The achievement of HIMSS Level 7 builds upon a long history of our hospitals using technology to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of care," John Gorski, president and CEO of the Community Healthcare System, said in a statement.

[See also: Benchmarks: Stage 7 success stories.]

"Through the process of integrating an electronic medical record system and leveraging other advances in information technology, Community Healthcare System has become a much more data-driven organization," he added. "Most importantly, we are using these new technologies to better engage our patients and the medical community in understanding how best to bring about improvements in healthcare."

Community Healthcare System is composed of three nonprofit hospitals in Indiana: Community Hospital in Munster, St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, as well as Hartsfield Village, a continuing care retirement community in Munster.

The Northwest Indiana healthcare system's vast network of care locations includes outpatient, surgical and rehabilitation centers, physician practices, behavioral health, occupational health, home care, a medically-based fitness center, cancer research foundation and cancer support center. Community Healthcare System hospitals are regional leaders in orthopedics, cardiac and cancer care, women's health services and bariatric medicine.

[See also: 7 tips for EMR success from Stage 7 hospitals.]

HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model, or EMRAM, in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database. There are eight stages – 0 to 7 – that measure a hospital's implementation and utilization of information technology applications. The validation process to confirm a hospital has reached Stage 7 includes a site visit by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and former or current CIOs to ensure an unbiased evaluation.

"The level of strategic alignment at the Community Healthcare System between its IT strategy and its overall vision is quite remarkable," John H. Daniels, global vice president, healthcare advisory services group, HIMSS Analytics, said in a press statement. "They are investing in advanced analytics capabilities and have effectively baked those capabilities into their clinical and business decision making processes, and they are achieving some impressive results."

[See also: Kaiser flexes Stage 7 muscle.]

The Community Healthcare System hospitals will be recognized at the 2016 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition Feb. 29-Friday-March 4 in Las Vegas.

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