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EMR adoption award puts Legacy Health in top 2 percent in U.S.

July 2013

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) recognized Legacy Health hospitals and their ambulatory clinics with its highest level on the electronic medical record (EMR) adoption model.

The HIMSS Stage 7 awards for hospitals and ambulatory clinics are given to health care organizations that support the true sharing and use of patient data that ultimately improves process performance, quality of care and patient safety.

Only 2.1 percent of U.S. hospitals (114 of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics database) have been awarded the Stage 7 Award and 1 percent (225 of 32,244) of ambulatory facilities the Stage 7 Ambulatory Award.

HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 represents an advanced patient record environment

"This is an awesome achievement," said Lewis Low, M.D., Legacy chief medical officer and senior vice president. "The award is more than just another ‘gold star.’ It says that despite our occasional frustration with a particular feature or limitation of our electronic health record, Legacy physicians rely on online patient information more than nearly every other hospital in the nation. And this means safer, higher quality care for our patients."

"Achieving Stage 7 as a health system, across our six hospitals and 23 ambulatory care locations, represents the vision, hard work, and great success of people throughout Legacy collectively dedicated to health care excellence," said George Brown, M.D., Legacy president and CEO. The award signifies an advanced state of integration across the system and different care venues, ultimately benefiting Legacy’s patients.

Device integration, data use cited

"Legacy Health’s integration of medical devices with its EMR in its hospitals and ambulatory clinics demonstrates a strong commitment to making the best use of health IT," says John H. Daniels, vice president of strategic relations at HIMSS. "Legacy Health has also developed an impressive clinical and business intelligence strategy that they demonstrated through various examples of measures. For example, they analyzed ED utilization data and figured out a way to reduce emergency department visits by 50 percent through proactive care management outreach."

Paperless for improved patient quality


In Stage 7, clinical information can be readily shared via standard electronic transactions with all entities within health information exchange networks (i.e. other hospitals, ambulatory clinics, sub-acute environments, employers, payers and patients). This stage allows the health care organization to support the true sharing and use of health and wellness information by consumers and providers alike. Also at this stage, organizations use data warehousing and mining techniques to capture and analyze care data for performance improvement and advancing clinical decision support protocols.

About the evaluation

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. There are eight stages (0–7) that measure a hospital's implementation and use of information technology applications. The final stage, Stage 7, represents an advanced patient record environment.

Developed in 2011, the EMR Ambulatory Adoption Model provides a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for ambulatory facilities owned by hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database.  These facilities include physician practices, clinics, outpatient centers and specialty clinics.

HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. 

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