Research shows high IT use among Top 100 Hospitals

By Bernie Monegain
09:56 AM

Hospitals identified as Top 100 Hospitals by Thomson Reuters were found to use more advanced levels of IT-enabled processes when compared to the overall U.S. hospital population, according to HIMSS Analytics.

Research looking at the possible relationship between the 100 Top Hospital winners and the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model (EMRAM) scores was conducted in November 2011.  Hospitals included in the sample received the 100 Top Hospital award in either 2009 or 2010.

The research found statistically significant relationships between the 100 Top Hospitals of 2009 and 2010 and the advanced stages of the EMRAM model during the same time period. For example:

  • In 2009, 14 percent of 100 Top Hospitals were in Stages 5 to 7, compared with six percent of all U.S. hospitals.
  • In 2010, only 1 percent of the 100 Top Hospitals were at Stage 0 or Stage 1, compared to 17 percent of all U.S. hospitals. Additionally, 21 percent of 100 Top Hospitals were at Stage 5 or higher, compared to nearly nine percent of all U.S. hospitals.

“Objective proof that higher performance is correlated with the electronic medical record represents a major breakthrough for the hospital and IT industries,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president, 100 Top Hospitals, Thomson Reuters.  “100 Top Hospitals are more than twice as likely to be in EMRAM Stages  5-7.  During the same time period, the 100 Top Hospitals national benchmarks rose. As more hospitals take advantage of government incentives to adopt the electronic medical record, performance standards in hospitals may rise much more quickly and uniformly across the country. This is very encouraging news for patients, providers, payers and the government.”

In addition, an analysis of the percent of hospitals in each stage also demonstrates there is a higher proportion of 100 Top Hospitals in Stages 3 or higher of the EMRAM model when compared to the overall U.S. population, as shown in tables three and four in the report.

[See also: Top 100 Hospitals named by Thomson Reuters]

“The very strong correlation between Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals and hospitals at higher levels on the EMRAM model shows the benefits of deploying advanced clinical applications in the delivery of healthcare in U.S. hospitals,” said John P. Hoyt, executive vice president, HIMSS Analytics. “This is one of the first studies to make the connection between hospitals using advanced information technologies and quality and safety benchmarks.”

Read the study on the HIMSS Analytics website.