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Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Improves Patient Care with Health IT

The facility will be recognized at the 2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition.

1/4/2017  |  By Lindsay Cashio

Florida Hospital Fish Memorial has received the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 designation, the highest level of achievement on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM), which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems.

HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database. The stages measure a hospital's implementation and utilization of information technology applications.

The final stage, Stage 7, represents an advanced electronic patient record environment. 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 chief information officers to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments.

"Adventist Health System is making outstanding progress as it adds yet another one of its hospitals to the list of EMRAM Stage 7 hospitals in the US," said John H. Daniels, global vice president, healthcare advisory services group, HIMSS Analytics. "It is quite pleasing to watch this organization optimize how it is using health IT to achieve enterprise-wide benefits in terms of higher quality care, safety and operational efficiencies. They are employing effective analytics and EMR optimization strategies driven by engaged leadership and committed front-line staff."

Since implementing its electronic health record in 2006, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial has been on a continuous path to maximize its use to benefit patients through automation and improving patient safety.

"Achieving the Stage 7 designation demonstrates our ongoing commitment to technology, helping us continue to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of the care we provide. This puts us in a group with only 4.5 percent of hospitals nationally, and only one of 10 in Florida at this level for adoption of electronic medical records," said Rob Deininger, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial CEO. "Our hospital is relentlessly focused on quality and patient safety, as evidenced by our recent 'A' ranking from The Leapfrog Group, and this new accolade from HIMSS further reflects that."

Florida Hospital Fish Memorial will be recognized at the 2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on Feb. 19-23, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.