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Rare achievement means the end of paper medical records at Legacy

The days of the paper medical record are essentially over at Legacy Health. That means safer, more effective care with less chance of errors in medication and physician orders, as well as reducing errors in charges and billings.


Last week at its annual conference, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) recognized Legacy Health with its Stage 7 Awards for Hospitals and Ambulatory Clinics, the highest stage of electronic medical record (EMR) adoption. Legacy Health is the first provider in Oregon and Southwest Washington to achieve Stage 7 throughout an entire integrated delivery network.


The Stage 7 award is given to healthcare organizations that support sharing and use of patient data that improves process performance, quality of care and patient safety. Last fall, only 2.1 percent of U.S. hospitals (114 of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics database) and 1 percent of ambulatory clinics (225 of 32,244) have achieved Stage 7.


HIMSS recognized Legacy for its strong informatics leadership and physician engagement, as well as it efforts to promote collaboration among regional providers. There already is widespread use of CareEverywhere (Epic to Epic record sharing) in clinics and emergency rooms, as well as CertifyData exchanges with affiliated providers’ using non-Epic medical records. The surveyors from HIMSS described this as a “step ahead of any other State 7 site.”


HIMSS recognized Legacy role in leading a city-wide creation of common discharge summary and for its effort in using data to improve care and operations. The surveyors from HIMSS also described Legacy’s connection of bedside monitors and clinical devices as the most advanced they’d ever seen, as well as having exemplary imaging accessibility from the EMR.